You don’t have to go to New Orleans to have a great time at Mardi Gras. You can throw your own Mardi Gras party no matter where you are and these invitations are just the place to start planning an extraordinary party.
What you will need:
6 X 9 white padded envelopes
Gold, purple and green paper or card stock (metallic is best and is available in the scrapbooking section of your local craft store)
Fine point black permanent marker
Double sided tape
Mardi Gras beaded necklace – you will want to use a few for each invitation. (More in the instructions)
The number of necklaces you will need, will depend on two factors – the kind of beads you get and the number of people you will be inviting.
If you get beads that have all three Mardi Gras colors on the necklace, then you only really need one per person. Note this is per person, not per invite – for example if you are inviting a husband and wife, their invitation should include 2 of the beaded necklaces.
If your beaded necklaces are solid colors, you will want to include 1 gold, 1 green, and 1 purple for each person (again, per person – not per invite).
Next you need to cut strips of the gold, green, and purple paper. They should be about 1 to 1.5 inches high and 4 – 6 inches long.
Lay the strip out in front of you, longwise edge going from left to right. Fold the strip in half and then unfold it again. This crease is your margin. On the second half of the strip, begin writing the information about your party. On each strip you will include a different piece of information including date, time, place, phone number, RSVP date, “+1”, and any other pertinent information. Make sure to mix the colors up. Fold the strips again on the crease after writing on them.
Take a single necklace (or group if called for) and slide it into the opening of the slip of paper. Stick double sided tape at the end of the slip of paper to close the loop and encase the beaded necklace(s) in it. Continue adding the strips in this way until all of your information is included.
When packing the necklaces up, wrap each grouping in tissue paper to keep it from getting tangled up. Include at least one necklace with the invite information, though the others can be “plain” or with a slip saying “wear me”. For example, if you are sending the invitation to a family of 5 you will want 4 regular bunches and 1 invite bunch.
Not only does this invite get out the word about your party, it also helps answer the question, “What will I wear?”