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Basics of Event Planning | Mardi Gras Celebration


Mardi Gras is a celebration preceding Lent, where people around the world indulge in beautiful music, delicious foods, and general merriment. It’s also one of the best parties of the year – whether you’re celebrating in New Orleans or your own backyard.

At Flutter FETTI, we believe that every Mardi Gras celebration (and every other party, too) should be loud, vibrant, and way too much fun. In fact, we’re here to help you have the greatest party ever, thanks to our Mardi Gras party planning tips.

So, how do you throw an incredible Mardi Gras bash? If you ask us, it comes down to four things: the music, the food, the decor, and the costumes! Master these elements, and your party will be spectacular – it’s a guarantee!

If you are ready to let the good times roll at Mardi Gras this year, then what are you waiting for? Grab your colored beads, your favorite king cake recipe, and your Mardi Gras confetti – it’s time to plan a party:

Set The Mood

First things first: if you want to throw a Mardi Gras party, you have to get into the Mardi Gras mood. And how can you do that? By jamming to some of the best music that you’ll find on the bayou.

During the Mardi Gras party planning process – while you’re decorating, cooking, and certainly during the party itself – play some tunes to get you in the spirit. If you’re planning an American-style Mardi Gras event, this means good old fashioned Dixieland Jazz.

Trust us, the right music is key for setting the perfect mood for your party. After all, you only have to hear a few bars of “Goin’ Back to New Orleans” before you start dancing like you’re out on Bourbon Street!

There are plenty of websites, radio stations, and streaming services with Mardi Gras-themed playlists, so pick one and press play! Before you know it, you’ll be ready to hand out hurricanes while the Mardi Gras confetti rains down all around you.

Plan Your Menu

Once the music is playing and your toes are tapping, it’s time to prepare your Mardi Gras menu. Traditionally, Mardi Gras party planning involves stuffing your guests full of rich, fatty foods (the kind they’ll be giving up for Lent).

This is your time to get creative in the kitchen – although there are some southern recipes that have become quintessential Mardi Gras dishes. Red beans and rice is a classic, and no one can resist a crawfish boil or creole gumbo.

As for drinks, the hurricane (rum, fruit juice, and grenadine) is the most popular cocktail at Mardi Gras. You can also serve milk punch (a chilled drink with milk, sugar, bourbon, and vanilla), or southern sweet tea for your non-drinking guests.

Finally, you can’t celebrate Mardi Gras without a King Cake. This dessert is a spiced cake with fruit and nuts, topped with icing and sprinkles. Try out your favorite recipe – and don’t forget to hide a baby in the cake (it’s tradition)!

Decorate Your Space

The next step in Mardi Gras party planning is decorating your space in the most festive way you can! Whether you’re decorating your living room or a hotel ballroom, there are a few key elements that will make everything look perfect.

Firstly, stick to the traditional Mardi Gras colors: green, gold, and purple. You can incorporate these colors in you decor however you like – with streamers, tablecloths, even Mardi Gras confetti – but whatever you do, make sure you use all three colors!

Next, you’ll want to decorate with doubloons. These aluminum coins are an integral part of New Orleans Mardi Gras, as folks toss them to the crowd from parade floats. Just add some to your table centerpieces and you’re good to go!

The last thing you’ll need to be ready for Mardi Gras is beads – lots and lots of beads. Have a bowl of them at the entrance to your party, so all your guests can accessorize from the moment they walk in.

Get Dressed Up

The music is playing, the food is cooking, the decor is up and looking great. What’s left? You. Mardi Gras parties are known for beautiful costumes, so finding something stunning to wear is an important part of Mardi Gras party planning.

Historically, many Mardi Gras parties were glamorous masquerade balls. If you want to look both festive and elegant, a feathered masquerade mask is a perfect addition to your outfit (just make sure to wear a mask that you can see through)!

Another popular Mardi Gras costume is the court jester. Feel free to go all out with your outfit, or wear a jester’s hat for a playful homage to the holiday. Remember to stick to your color scheme: purple, gold, and green!

Even if you don’t want to dress up in a costume, you can still get into the Mardi Gras spirit. Remember those beads we mentioned earlier? Throw on a few of those and you will be ready to celebrate in style!


 So there you have it: your Mardi Gras party planning is complete! All you need to do now is grab a drink, enjoy the music, and let the good times roll! You and your guests can celebrate by singing karaoke, having a costume contest, or just enjoy some tasty southern food.

As the party goes on, you can also entertain your guests in other ways. Elect a Mardi Gras king and queen (complete with crowns for them to take home), and finish the night with a beautiful display of Mardi Gras confetti! Your guests will have a great time celebrating until the sun rises.

This year, make sure that your Mardi Gras party hits all the right notes, from the scrumptious dishes to the party decor. And if you’re after some festive confetti, Flutter FETTI will have exactly what you need! Don’t forget to visit our store and check out our selection of Mardi Gras confetti and more today.

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