Mardi Gras Costumes

Mardi Gras Costumes

There is no better party than Carnivale and no better time to pull out all the stops and don your Mardi Gras finest.  First we culled through hundreds of costumes to gather the best of the best Mardi Gras costumes and then we searched for great jester costumes, Voodoo costumes, and Masquerade costumes to make sure you had enough options.  We particularly love the Voodoo Doctor and His Voodoo Dolls as a great group costume for both trick or treating teens or adult costume parties. And don’t you think this beautiful watercolor card depicting a Venetian Masquerade party would make for wonderful inspiration for a visual twist on the standard Carnivale, Halloween, or Mardi Gras costume party? Continue Reading →

Mardi Gras Masquerade Theme Party Inspiration Board

Mardi Gras Inspiration Board

All the Inspiration you need to plan a fun festive Mardi Gras Party!

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Mardi Gras Masquerade Theme Party Inspiration Board

Mark your calendars for Tuesday February 28, 2017

Just 35 days 4 hours 43 minutes 12 seconds until Mardi Gras 2017!

There is no better party than a Mardi Gras Masquerade party!  Party Idea Pros will walk you through every step of your celebration providing professional recommendations on just about every detail including including invitations, Decor, Party Favors, Gifts, Masks, Beads, Fun and Game ideas, and lots and lots of little extras.

Just the name Mardi Gras conjures up images of drunken, bead-wearing revelers dancing through the streets of New Orleans. But how, and when, did this huge mid-winter party get started? Here’s a look at the history of Mardi Gras throughout the ages and across the nations.

  • The first Mardi Gras parade was staged in the United States 1837
  • Mardi Gras means “Fat Tuesday” and of course is celebrated on that day of the week, the day before Ash Wednesday.  The date can fall between February 3 and March 9 depending on the Lunar calendar, used by the Catholic Church to determine the date of Easter. Mardi Gras is always 47 days before Easter Sunday.
  • The official colors for Mardi Gras are purple, green, and gold.
    • Purple represents justice
    • Green stands for faith
    • Gold stands for power

An oval cake honoring the three kings is decorated in purple, green and gold colors, representing justice, faith and power, respectively. A small plastic baby, symbolizing the Baby Jesus, is baked into each cake. Whoever gets the piece with the baby not only will have good luck that year, but will also be responsible for bringing the King Cake to next year’s party!

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Mardi Gras Party Invitations

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Set the festive tone for your Fat Tuesday party with the perfect Mardi Gras themed invitations.

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Mardi Gras Party Invitations

Mark your calendars for Tuesday February 28, 2017

Just 35 days 4 hours 43 minutes 12 seconds until Mardi Gras 2017!

As we’ve said before, the invitation is the first impression your guests have of your party, so why not make it a good one! We have so many great Mardi Gras themed invitations for you to shop from whether your party is a glamorous masquerade ball or as casual as the parties on Bourbon street. Remember your invitations will set the tone for the entire evening. A fabulous invitation will not only inform your guests of the time, place, and attire, it will build anticipation at each glance. Invitations can be as unique as your party so have fun and get creative with it.  Some people love the idea of the Mardi Gras Ticket Invitation making your guests feel like they have a ticket to the year’s most exclusive Mardi Gras event but our favorite invitations tell a visual story either with masks or the traditional Mardi Gras harlequin design.

As always, for just a few dollars more you can complete your look with a themed stamp that really lets your guests know how much thought and effort you have put towards your event.  Whatever you do, please do not mix and match stamps – no matter how many times we see people mixing stamps it still makes us cringe!

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Mardi Gras Party Decor and Supplies | Masquerade Party

1.Mardi Gras Balloons | 2. Mardi Gras Flower Garland | 3. Mardi Gras Ceiling Decorating Kit | 4. Mardi Gras Flashing Button | 5. Mardi Gras Magic Party Kit | 6. Mardi Gras Window Clings | 7. Deluxe Mardi Gras Cascading Centerpiece | 8. Mardi Gras Sequin Feather Mask | 9. Jumbo Mardi Gras Confetti | 10. Mardi Gras Balloons | 11. Mardi Gras Centerpiece | 12. Mardi Gras Cascading Centerpiece| 13. Holographic Mardi Gras Mask Balloon |   14. Mask Mardi Gras Tall Feathers

Mardi Gras Masquerade Party Decor and Supplies

Mark your calendars for Tuesday February 28, 2017

Just 35 days 4 hours 43 minutes 12 seconds until Mardi Gras 2017!

From gold, purple and green centerpieces to feathered masks and confetti, we have put together everything you need to turn your party venue into Bourbon Street in the center of New Orleans.  Invite guests to wear their own unique masks or have them waiting on your table as wearable party decor.  With balloons and hanging ceiling decorations your guests will get right into the spirit of Fat Tuesday.  The great thing about the Mardi Gras theme is everything is inexpensive and brightly colored giving you more bang for your buck, so go wild and really make your party decor stand out.     Remember Mardi Gras is an over the top celebration so don’t skimp on making your party guests feel like they have landed right in the middle of New Orleans Mardi Gras madness.

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Mardi Gras Party Favors and Gifts

Mardi Gras Party Favors and Gifts

1. Mardi Gras Photo Cube| 2. Mardi Gras Drink Koozies| 3. Assorted Beads| 4. Trophy and Mardi Gras Beads| 5. Mardi Gras Sequin Party Masks| 6. Mardi Gras Ribbon Cookie Tin| 7. Mardi Gras Feather Party Mask| 8. Personalized Mardi Gras Playing Card Case| 9. Mardi Gras Beads with Shot Glasses| 10. Mardi Gras Lip Balm| 11. Mardi Gras Picture Frame| 12. Mardi Gras Boa|

Mardi Gras Party Favors and Gifts

Mark your calendars for Tuesday February 28, 2017

Just 35 days 4 hours 43 minutes 12 seconds until Mardi Gras 2017!

Mardi Gras party favors are as diverse as the celebration itself.  Favors can be fun costume ideas (think feathered boas and beads) to lasting photo memories (photo books and frames). Send your guests home with little gifts of thanks that will keep the party memories alive long after your event has ended. Have a picture station at you party with personalized photo gifts of your guests dressed to party pretty. Customize cookie tins  as sweet reminders of the evening. Playing card cases and lip balm can be customized to your event and guest will keep them for years to come. Party favors are a simple and inexpensive way to wrap2gether your party theme and let your guests know you appreciate them attending your event. Just remember favors don’t have to be elaborate favors to make a lasting impression.

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Mardi Gras Party Food and Drink

Mardi Gras Theme Food and Drink

Fun Food and Drink Ideas for your Mardi Gras Celebration

1. Mardi Gras Napkin| 2. Mardi Gras Buttermint| 3. Celebration Dinner plates| 4. Mardi Gras Beverage Napkins| 5. Mardi Gras Drink Coasters| 6. King’s Cake Plastic Babies| 7. Jester Cake Picks| 8. Mardi Gras Personalized Candy Bar Wrapper| 9. Personalized Swirl Rainbow Lollipop| 10. Personalized Mardi Gras Beads Mini Cookie Tin| 11. Mardi Gras Glitter Cake| 12. Mardi Gras Cake Deco Picks| 13. Mardi Gras Hurricane Cup with Coins|

Mardi Gras Party Food and Drink

Mark your calendars for Tuesday February 28, 2017

Just 35 days 4 hours 43 minutes 12 seconds until Mardi Gras 2017!

You can’t throw a Mardi Gras bash without food and especially a cocktail or two.  We have all the party drinks and snacks you will need to make your guests feel like they are celebrating Fat Tuesday the real New Orleans way.  To throw an authentic Mardi Gras party you have to include the traditional King’s Cake with the plastic baby doll surprise inside, whoever ends up with the baby has to throw next year’s party.   How cute would it be to bake individual cupcakes with decorative picks or plastic babies on top as a new spin on King’s Cakes!

The food and drinks don’t have to stop when the party is over.  Send your guests home with personalized candy bar wrappers, or to go hurricane glasses filled with beads, coins and candies.  How cute would it be to use colorful Mardi Gras Lollipops as a decoration for a dessert bar or as edible name place cards for your guest.  The possibilities for Mardi Gras food and drinks really are endless –  just be festive and have fun!

Mardi Gras Food & Drink Recipes

Mardi Gras Food & Drink Recipes

Since we all know a great Mardi Gras party is centered around the food and cocktails here are some great Mardi Gras Food & Drink Recipes to spice up your celebration including recipes for jambalaya, gumbo, cajun burgers, fried okra, remoulade sauces, bourbon chocolate cake, and candied pecans.  Want a full proof way to prepare the perfect hurricane?  Pick up a package of  Pat O’Brien’s Hurricane Cocktail Mix.

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