While Fat Tuesday is the traditional time to have a Mardi Gras party theme, you can have one any time of the year. What better way to liven things up? It's also a great way to celebrate the ongoing spirit of New Orleans.
Be sure to welcome guests as they arrive with a personalized Mardi Gras party banner.
There are many Mardi Gras supplies out there, but you can create a fun party without having to purchase a lot of supplies. First, you'll want to add some color to your décor. Use a mix of bright purple, green, pink, and yellow.
Balloons, streamers, and crepe paper are all inexpensive ways to create a festive feel. Look for inexpensive sheets or material at second hand or discount stores to use on tables and throughout the room.
If you have some Christmas or other holiday lights, these can add to the bright colors. Purchase a few brightly colored poster boards to create the "happy and sad" theatre faces as well as some Mardi Gras eye masks.
Decorate these with fake feathers from a child's dress-up set, and you're ready to go. Don't forget to make a "Bourbon Street" sign!
Make some noise by creating your own shakers with any type of container and a few beans or rice inside. Party favors that make noise are also typically inexpensive and you can buy them in bulk so all your guests will be able to celebrate and make some noise! And no Mardi Gras party would be complete without Mardi Gras beads.
Be sure to have plenty on hand for all your guests. Look for bright beads in yellow, green, and purple. Again, look in the child's dress-up section of your favorite discount center.
What type of music should you play? Jazz, Zydeco, Blues, and Cajun! Compilation CDs may be the easiest route here, but if you have a full music collection or know someone who does, this can be an inexpensive and easy option.
What kind of food should you serve? Anything goes, but consider a blend of seafood, Cajun, and jambalaya. Easy recipes can be found online or in many cookbooks. Offer a range of festive drinks as well, such as a Hurricane, Bloody Mary, and Mint Juleps.
Use festive colors on your invitation, and encourage guests to arrive dressed in costume and ready to have fun.