For a lot of us we have heard of and watched on the television and seen Mardi gras festivities, but have never participated or experienced the great fun of this traditional holiday. With its bright colors, lively atmosphere, and uplifting moods, it’s a good way to gather all of your friends and family over for a good time! You can have a party in the comforts of your own home, with a few close friends and family, and can have the time of your life.
You don’t have to spend a lot of money to make a party fun. Beads, cups, plates and napkins in the right color
can be found at any party store, or look online through companies like oriental trading co. and of course www.mardigrasday.com. There you can find all kinds of great things to outfit your party. After all, Mardi gras is all about the festive colors and decorations – and let’s not forget the beads!
For food I personally like to put out appetizers instead of a whole meal – of course, Louisiana style. For this you
can make just about anything Cajun style. I enjoy Cajun wings, meatballs, and even some boiled Cajun peanuts. When in doubt, there are always the ever popular dishes such as Bourbon chicken or a nice pot of crawfish gumbo is a great idea.
Here is a simple recipe for a Cajun seafood sauce:
– 1 cup mayonnaise, 1/2 cup ketchup, 2 TBS yellow mustard, 1/4 tsp Creole seasoning, pinch of black pepper,
1/4 tsp. liquid crab boil, 2 pinches of both onion and garlic powder. You can make several bowls and put them out so that guests won’t run out. Be sure and have plenty of boiled shrimp and crawfish to dip into this delicious sauce!
A great and tasty drink to serve would be of course the signature Mardi gras drink, the Hurricane. For this you will
need rum, vodka, grenadine syrup and gin. Of course have plenty of soda and beer on hand.
Another great idea is a costume party! You can hand out masks and beads, and of course you will need some great jazz music, New Orleans style. Check with your local music store or any music outlet store online. Don’t forget to serve the traditional king cake, a sticky sweet coffee cake baked with a tiny plastic baby inside. Whoever finds the baby is named king or queen and wins a prize.
Remember even though you’re miles away from Bourbon Street and the parades and colorful floats you can
still have the time of your life. Don’t forget to add some lively decorations with the traditional colors of Mardi gras – gold, purple and green!