Down in New Orleans, there’s a famous saying uttered/yelled/screamed along parade routes each Mardi Gras: “Throw me something, mista!” The catch phrase, which is practically a slogan for the season, roughly translates to: “Hey, person on that big parade float, throw me some beads and doubloons!” So this year, why not “throw” your friends a little Mardi Gras themed gathering of your own? And even though Mardi Gras is the biggest party around, your party doesn’t have to be big or fussy. But it’s certainly a great reason to pass a good time!
– You should at least have a few decorations to get everyone in the spirit, so hit up your local party supply store for accessories in purple, green and gold – the official colors of Mardi Gras. For some ideas of what to look for, check out some of our favorite Mardi Gras online retailers: Mardi Gras Outlet, Accent Annex.
– Beads are a must, and luckily most party supply stores carry them. They’re also super easy to decorate with, so hang them anywhere and everywhere! As your friends arrive. give each a strand or two to wear around their neck to get them into the spirit. Masks and feather boas are also very popular.
– String up some mini lights to up the festive ante.
– No, and we mean NO, New Orleans Mardi Gras event is complete without music! Boogie down with the sounds of the Carnival Season and mix in some funky jazz and your own favorites for a complete playlist.
Food & Drink
– New Orleans is known for its food so you have lots of tasty options to choose from. Make a basic jambalaya (rice dish) or browse your grocery store for Cajun and Creole favorites.
– If you’re not in the mood to deal with food, do as the locals do and hit up your favorite fried chicken restaurant – yes, fried chicken! – to pick up enough chicken and sides to feed your krewe. It’s a wildly popular tradition in New Orleans because it’s easy to eat along the parade routes, easily feeds lots of people and involves easy clean up, too!
– King Cake! Check out our recipe for an easy version of this carnival season staple.
– Good spirits are also a staple of every Mardi Gras celebration, so have plenty of beer and wine on hand in addition to the standard sodas and juice.
– Have a few batches of Hurricanes, New Orleans’ favorite fruity rum drink, on hand for your guests to sip and enjoy.
And finally, laissez les bon temps rouler! (let the good times roll!)
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