Mardi Gras doesn’t have to be just for adults. You can get your kids involved in the fun just by bringing things down to their size! Here’s how you can throw an authentic Mardi Gras party just for the kids! This one is guaranteed to get a lot of smiles from the kids!
First, have the kids make necklaces out of purple, gold, and green colored beads, and they’ll have official Mardi Gras colored throws!
Masks are definitely a common and popular Mardi Gras tradition; have the kids cut out face masks out of colored construction paper that they can further decorate with stickers, paint, glitter, and even glued on beads and feathers. String the masks so that the kids can actually wear them!
Mardi Gras is known for it’s diverse and colorful floats! And what child doesn’t love floats? So get some boxes that are large enough to fit over and around the kids from an office supply store. You could even ask a store for some discarded ones that they’d likely give you for free! Once you have the box, cut off the flaps on either the top or bottom of the box, and then cut out a large hole that will fit comfortably around the child’s torso. Now punch two holes on each side of the box, one near the front, and one near the back that you can run string through, making a big strap on each side, so that the kids can hold the box up by the straps on their shoulders. All that is left is the fun part! It’s time to decorate the floats! Paint the outside of the box, or glue on colored pieces of crepe paper just like they do on many real floats to give them that festive look! Also blow up some balloons to tape along the sides… Or if you are willing, get some pre-filled helium ones from the flower or party supply shop that can be tied off on the corners of the floats. Decorate the top of the float in tinsel and ribbons. These are just suggestions. You can be as creative as you want with the kids’ floats. Just be sure to get the kids in on decorating their own floats!
Now it is time to put all these splendid Mardi Gras crafts together in order to have an authentic Mardi Gras parade made for kids! Line up the kids, with their throws, masks, and floats on; and have them perform on actual parade route in front of the parents! After the parade encourage the kids to give away their Mardi Gras throws to each other, but make sure each kid leaves with one so you don’t have any little disappointed Mardi Gras revelers!
After the parade and all that work, those little mouths are going to be ready for some Mardi Gras cake! Whether or not you want to go through the trouble of making an actual authentic Mardi Gras king cake is up to you! But I’m pretty sure that most kids would certainly be fine with a cake you brought home from the bakery or ice cream shop!
Last but not least, as all the kids start to go home, it’s going to be time for the party favors! A visit to the local discount store will likely yield bags of all sorts of little toys such as plastic lizards, watches, rings, etc! Get some small party favor bags, pre-fill them for each boy and girl, and make sure that you write each child’s name on the outside of each bag so that they get the goodies that you intended for them.
Your Mardi Gras party will be such a hit, you might decide to make it an annual tradition for the kids… Just like it is for the grownups!