How to Throw a Mardi Gras Party

Get your costumes and your beads ready -- we're having a Mardi Gras party!


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You Will Need

  • Invitations
  • Costumes
  • Decorations
  • Music
  • Food
  • Drinks
  • King Cake
  • Recordings of "The Mardi Gras Mambo" and "Carnival Time" (optional)
  • Sazeracs (optional)
  • Sangria (optional)
  • Ramos Gin Fizzes (optional)


  1. Step 1

    Send invitations

    Send festive invitations to your guests, three to four weeks in advance. Tell your guests that costumes, masks, and traditional Mardi Gras colors of purple, green, and gold are a must.

  2. Make sure your costume stands out, since you are the King or Queen of the party.

  3. Step 2

    Decorate your house

    Decorate your house New Orleans style. Different colored beads, colorful masks, decorative doubloons, and balloons make great decorations.

  4. Step 3

    Keep your guests moving

    Keep your guests moving by playing upbeat New Orleans jazz throughout the night.

  5. Don't forget to play "The Mardi Gras Mambo" and "Carnival Time."

  6. Step 4

    Jazz up the evening

    Jazz up the evening by serving your guests gumbo, jambalaya, crawfish boil, and dirty rice.

  7. Step 5

    Toast your guests

    Toast your guests with classic Hurricane cocktails served in bright, festive hurricane glasses.

  8. Sazerac, Sangria, and Ramos Gin Fizz are also classic Mardi Gras cocktails.

  9. Step 6

    Serve the King cake

    Serve the famous King Cake for dessert. The person who gets the slice of cake with the baby inside hosts next year's party. Have fun!

  10. The first official Mardi Gras parade was held in New Orleans on February 24, 1857.