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Throwing a Mardi Gras-Themed Birthday Party

Updated on April 28, 2017

Mardi Gras: Let The Good Times Roll

Mardi Gras is a time for celebration and parties. It can be a one on one get together or a live and happening costume party.
Mardi Gras is a time for celebration and parties. It can be a one on one get together or a live and happening costume party. | Source
Dressing up for Mardi Gras parties is part of the allure and the fun. It is customary to wear a costume and a mask of some sort at these get togethers.
Dressing up for Mardi Gras parties is part of the allure and the fun. It is customary to wear a costume and a mask of some sort at these get togethers. | Source
Mardi Gras parties are thrown in clubs, bars, homes and mostly in the streets. New Orleans is not the only place to celebrate Mardi Gras. In Mobile, AL., they "Let the good times role!"
Mardi Gras parties are thrown in clubs, bars, homes and mostly in the streets. New Orleans is not the only place to celebrate Mardi Gras. In Mobile, AL., they "Let the good times role!" | Source

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Time To Party Mardi Gras Style!

When you are going to plan a Mardi Gras party a lot of people have parties at their home but, a lot of other people travel to New Orleans, LA or Mobile, AL.

If you are going to plan a party of any kind, you will need to know the following.

1. Location: You want to start with a great location. You could have a destination party. The only draw back about a destination party is that many of your friends might not want to pay to go so far away. Check with your fiends and see what they think!

The real party is usually at New Orleans or Mobile. If it is held during the month of February. If you are able to find a hot tub it might be warmer than a swimming pool. If you are able to bring some friends, then the more the merrier.

2. Guest List: Once you have decided on the perfect spot, plan out your guest list. You choose a destination birthday party, you might only be able to get more people to attend if you have your party local. Make out Mardi Gras themed invitations and mail them to your guests. In the invitation you would be able to include things like, wearing a costume, bring food or alcohol, and most importantly the date, time and location. Always tell your guests to call to reserve so that you can plan the food and such according to the amount of people coming to the party.

3. Costumes ??: Depending on your friends and knowing the personalities of the people that you are inviting would help you in the decision of whether or not to have your guests dress up for the party. If you don't think they will like a costume, maybe some will or some will not, just have them dress up in gold, green and purple. It always spices up a party when costumes are involved. Especially where there are costumes that hide the face. That sounds terrible but, I don't mean it like it sounds. I just mean a costume party is mysterious and fun especially, if you have a reveal or a party where you vote for your favorite costume. Another idea to do with costumes, is to have a contest and let everyone vote on the best costume.

4. Food: Preparing food for this type of party can be as complicated or as simple as you want it to be. This party would be so fun to plan and cook for. Your menu could feature foods found in Louisiana or you could bring out those favorites that you only really cook during the "football season," because these foods usually are for more of a larger group versus a family of two or three. Keep in mind, I could 1/2 the recipe but, I never do. At our household, we like left overs so, we would just eat whatever is left.

5. Alcohol: I realize that there will be alcohol served at these parties. Please be responsible enough to take some keys away from your friends who do not need to drive if they have been drinking. Enjoy yourself but, in a safe way! Please do not drink and drive. Mixed drinks should be colorful for the party but, remember if your sipping then have a designated driver.

6. Decorations: Depending on several likely scenarios, whether your party is large or small, would depend on what kind decorations. It would be fun to decorate with the different masks that are worn at Mardi Gras and of course, do not forget, the green, gold and purple. You could use streamers or beads that are in those colors. Find plates and napkins and utensils that will re-emphasize the use of the colors. You also don't want to drive everyone crazy with the colors either.

7. Music: You could do several different things here. You could hire a DJ, play various music by artists from Louisiana, have jazz music in the background or just loud music with everyone's favorite songs on the radio today. Depending on the type of party that you have would definitely determine what kind of music for your guests.

I think to be a successful host at a party, it is important to make everyone feel welcome. This makes the guests more likely to mingle. If it's a small party they can certainly socialize among themselves there as well. You will make a great host and have fun at the party. The main thing is to enjoy yourself and have a great party!!

* If you have ever been to or thrown a Mardi Gras Party, I would be delighted to hear your stories. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments capsule located at the bottom of this hub.

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      Annie Miller 4 years ago from Wichita Falls, Texas

      Great tips ... loved the video clips! PAR-TAY!

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