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Encourage guests to arrive dressed in costume and ready to have fun! While Fat Tuesday is the traditional time to have a Mardi Gras party, 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. Decorations There are many Mardi Gras supplies out there, but you can create a fun party without having to purchase a lot of supplies. Think green, gold, and purple! *Use lots of green, gold, and purple balloons. *Brightly colored poster boards to create the "happy and sad" theatre faces as well as some eye masks. *Beads, beads, beads! *Christmas lights can add an accent to the rich colors. *Create your own noisemakers with any type of container and a few beans or rice inside. Invitations The invitations can include the Mardi Gras masks and lots of green, yellow, and purple beads with "Celebrate" or "Party" on the face cover. You can make your own homemade invitation by using die cut cardstock from your craft store. Use a hot glue gun to adhere purple, green, and yellow feathers to your decorative Mardi Gras mask invitation. Food/Drink 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. Music An inexpensive option is a compilation of music on one CD. Here are some popular styles of Mardi Gras music: *Jazz *Zydeco *Blues *Cajun Have a festive Fat Tuesday!

Dee Schrock has put together hundreds of theme party tips and fun ideas for easy (and budget conscious!) party planning. Visit her website for tons of popular theme party ideas, including decoration, costume, game, and party drink ideas, as well as printable invitations. Š Copyright 2006-2008. Feel free to reprint this article on your site as long as the article is not modified in any way and the resource information (about the author) is listed as above.

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Mardi Gras Party Theme Ideas  

Fun music for the Mardi Gras time of year. Check it out.