What is Mardi Gras?
Let’s throw an easy, epic, last minute Mardi Gras party with these ideas!!
Wikipedia says, “Mardi Gras refers to events of the Carnival celebration, beginning on or after the Christian feasts of the Epiphany (Three Kings day) and culminating on the day before Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday,” reflecting the practice of the last night of eating rich, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season.
Here is a great graphic courtesy of blog.bedbathandbeyond.com that explains it a bit more.
Mardi Gras parties are all about the food and fun!
I’ve done a round-up of twelve great last minute ideas to help you throw an epic Mardi Gras party!
No Mardi Gras party would be complete without a great cocktail and the Hurricane is the signature New Orleans cocktail. Martie at martieduncan.com has created a recipe for a BIG BATCH of hurricanes.
Just like every Mardi Gras party needs a Hurricane cocktail, your party won’t be complete without the New Orleans signature dish, Red Beans and Rice. Greenwithlove.blogspot.com gives us this delicious and EASY crock pot recipe that can be cooking while you do other party prep.
This delicious Easy Mardi Gras Hot Muffaletta Dip comes to us from gritsandpinecones.com and it truly is easy!
Every great party needs a sweet and salty munchie to enjoy while drinking your cocktail. savingwithshellie.com shares this recipe for Mardi Gras Chex Mix and it’s as pretty as it is yummy!
Andouille sausage, cheese, and beer in a dip?! Yes, please! The recipe for this amazing dip can be found here, 4theloveoffoodblog.com.
Look at these gorgeous Mardi Gras colors of green, purple, and gold! This incredible Pineapple, Avocado, and Bean Salad is courtesy of www.littlebroken.com. It will make you feel like you’re doing something good your body while you party on!
New Orleans is famed for its pralines and this recipe couldn’t be simpler! An epic party needs some sweet and salty and these delicious pralines certainly deliver the sweet! Thanks go to frogprincepaperie.com for sharing.
Repeat after me – there is NO Mardi Gras party without a King Cake. Truly. There is a Mardi Gras tradition of baking a plastic baby in the cake and the person who finds the baby in their piece of cake is responsible for baking next year’s cake or throwing next year’s Mardi Gras party. Most bakeries in and around the New Orleans area offer King Cakes, but if you live north of the Mason-Dixon line, you probably have to make your own. This recipe using Pillsbury Crescent Rolls from keiladawson.com is easy peasy!
This Festive King Cake Cheese Ball mimics the flavors and colors of a King Cake and is super simple to throw together at the last minute. Thanks to diprecipecreations.com for sharing this one with us!
Every epic party needs games that involve everyone and get the good times rolling! These ideas come from myteenguide.com, but they can be adapted for adults, as well.
This gorgeous floral arrangement highlights the traditional colors of Mardi Gras – purple, green, and gold, and can be recreated to fit any budget with fresh or faux florals. Thanks, uptownacorn.com for sharing this!
A fais do-do is loosely translated as a Cajun dance party and every epic Mardi Gras party needs to have these tunes playing in the background so your guests can dance the night away. This is available for instant streaming with your Amazon.com Prime Music membership.
This is a bonus find! This darling flag comes in two sizes – small and large – and means, “Let The Good Times Roll!,” which is the theme of every epic Mardis Gras party. Welcome your guests to your home and Mardi Gras party and set the tone for an epic time before they even enter your house! Available here: Amazon. com.
Hope your Mardi Gras party is epic! Make sure to Let the Good Times Roll!