Have you ever had a Mardi Gras party at your home?  I’m planning one this year, so here are my favorite ideas that I’ve found to try.  Click on any image to link to shopping, DIY instructions or recipe.

Fabulous decorations

You can’t get too gaudy on Mardi Gras, so set the mood with sparkly gold, purple and green. A gorgeous Mardi Gras wreath for your door would be a great start. Then you only need a few more sparkly touches. Themed plates & napkins are easy to find on Amazon or Oriental Trading. Glam it up with these easy DIY projects.

Mardi Gras Mask Wreath Mardi Gras Painted Mask Wreath


These DIY glitter balloons are sure to add to any party!

Make even plasticware look fancy by wrapping them with Mardi Gras beads!

Fancy your plasticware up by wrapping them with Mardi Gras beads

Centerpieces are a must for any fancy party, even if you aren’t having a sit-down meal. This feather vase makes a cute centerpiece when tall pieces are appropriate.

And for larger tables like the food tables or buffets, this creative use of Mardi Gras beads makes a simple and fun statement.

This DIY bead vase centerpiece with Mardi Gras beads is simple but looks so festive.

If you want to go with a little more bling, then these martini/wine glass mask centerpieces can be used at various heights to fit any occasion. Mix and match for added fun!

Fancy decor for YOU

Even if I don’t dress up, I will surely pull out the glittery eyeshadow for the occasion.  Here are some cute examples I found.

You’ll be ready to party the night away while turning heads with this glitter mask

I also love this beautiful Mardi Gras eyeshadow.

And of course, you need beads. All the beads.

Festive cocktails

I usually stick to one themed cocktail and one themed mocktail for each party, and then provide other drinks for the guests to prepare themselves. Make a big batch of both, clearly label any with alcohol for adults only, and put them at two separate stations. Here are a couple of recipe suggestions:

Mardi Gras cocktail



Mardi Gras Punch mocktail

Or click here for a virgin Hurricane mocktail.

Fantastic music

        Nothing sets the stage like music, right?!  Go to your favorite music app, (I love Spotify) and search for Mardi Gras party. Done! Easy and cheap or free!

Fun food

        The food is the best part, and Mardi Gras has tons to choose from. You can go from elaborate to easy, whatever you like.  Here are some delicious looking recipes that I want to try.  There may be more food than guests.  Lol.

Louisiana Cajun Shrimp with Chipotle Mayo


Muffuletta Dip


French Quarter Cheese Ball


Cheesy Hot Jumbalya Dip


Dave’s Mardi Gras Shooters


Pecan Praline King Cake Monkey Bread


Gumbo Dip

Or try these Creole Oyster Crackers.

And, this amazing Kings Cake Dip to finish out the menu!


So, there you have it… five steps to your fabulous Mardi Gras party. If you think of anything I’ve missed or have a great recipe you’d like to share, please do so in the comments! I can’t wait to hear from you!

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