Mardi Gras Party Ideas
Ideas for a Mardi Gras theme birthday
Mardi Gras Party
Glue feathers and glitter to blank colorful cards.
Mardi Gras Party Decoration Ideas
Outside the venue hang Mardi Gras beads from the branches of trees and bushes.
Place a sign in the front yard that says "Welcome to New Orleans!" .
Cover the front door with Mardi Gras themed wrapping paper or a large banner.
Make or buy colorful pinwheels and stick them in the ground about 2 feet apart along the walkway.
Place a green or purple carpet that is long and thin leading up to the doorway and decorate the outside of the door to look like a giant gold Mardi Gras mask.
Hang stings of beads from the entrance that the guests will have to walk through to get into the party.
Decorate the kids party table in bright festive colors.
Mardi Gras beads can also be used to wrap around napkins for a napkin ring.
Lay lots of Mardi Gras bead on the party table, hanging over candelabras and around the party area.
Mardi Gras is over the top so use large masks on the wall and anything gold and glittery.
Set out lots of glow in the dark necklaces, glow sticks and bracelets for the kids to wear.
Decorate the bowls and dishes you use to serve food with the glow in the dark necklaces by placing them around the bowls.
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Mardi Gras Fun Facts
Mardi Gras is also called Fat Tuesday and refers to the events or Carnival type celebrations which begin on or just after the Christian feasts of the Epiphany (Three King's Day) and culminating on the day before Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras is French and is translated "Fat Tuesday". Fat Tuesday refers to participants eating rich and fattening foods before they participate in the ritual fasting of Lent.Mardi Gras Traditions
Some traditions for Mardi Gras are: wearing costumes and masks, dancing, elaborate parades, etc.
All signs point to the 1st Mardi Gras celebration in the US happening on 3/3/1699. French explorers landed in Louisiana and called the area Point du Mardi Gras. The area they landed near was the current New Orleans, Louisiana. As time progressed other French settlements began to also mark the holiday with masquerade balls, street parties and large feasts.
The Spanish banned the celebrations after they took over New Orleans. The bans were lifted when Louisiana became a state in the year 1812.
In a Mardi Gras celebration in 1827 students paraded in costumes and danced in the streets mimicking the type of Mardi Gras parties they had witnessed in Paris. 10 years later the city of New Orleans recorded it’s first official Mardi Gras parade.
Some customs from the Mardi Gras parades entail throwing strings of beads and trinkets, decorating floats for the parade, wearing masquerade masks and eating yummy King Cake.
The King Cake is a Mardi Gras tradition that was brought to New Orleans in 1870 from France. The King Cake is oval and a cross between French pastry and coffee cake. The King Cake is decorated in green, purple and gold. A small plastic baby is baked into the cake and whoever finds the baby is expected to host the next party and bring a King Cake to share.
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