Masked Mardi Gras Party

by Courtney WhitmoreFebruary 5, 2015
It’s time to beat the winter blues and let the good times roll with a masked Mardi Gras party full of colorful decorations, delicious Cajun-style dishes, and of course – masks! I’m excited to share my Mardi Gras party and hope it inspires you to invite friends over to celebrate in style!

Purple, gold and emerald green are the official colors of the Mardi Gras celebration so they’re naturally my color scheme for the tablescape. Pick a fabric in one of the colors and coordinate with matching napkins. Roll cloth napkins and create your own “napkin holders” by looping Mardi Gras beads around to hold the napkins in place. They’ll double as the napkin holders and give your guests beads to wear for the party. Mardi Gras beads are a must!
Add pops of gold with inexpensive charger plates topped with simple white dinnerware. This instantly gives each place setting a fancy and colorful feel that is perfect for a Mardi Gras celebration. Top each plate with a mask and party horn in purple, gold, or green. Scattering masks around doubles as décor but also encourages guests to put them on.
Create a simple centerpiece by either propping up a larger Mardi Gras mask or filling a clear vase with extra beads and party horns. Frame a simple printed welcome sign in a jewel-tone frame for extra table décor! You can find fun jeweled frames at home stores that you can then use later around your house.
It wouldn’t be an iconic Mardi Gras celebration without some King Cake treats! You can certainly pick up a King Cake from a local bakery or you can get creative and make mini King Cake donuts. Fill up gold boxes with the King Cake donuts and tie with a jewel tone ribbon for a simple and delicious favor idea. To make mini King Cake donuts, simple dip cake donut holes in a glaze made of 2 cups powdered sugar and 3 tablespoons milk. Top with purple, green, or gold sugar sprinkles. You can also do this with larger round donuts too.
Cocktails are a must at Mardi Gras parties. I picked up green champagne glasses and adorned with gold fringe drink stirrers for my classic hurricane drinks. You can easily recreate this with clear glasses as well. Another neat idea is to wrap beads around the base of wine glasses too! Anything that adds a pop of festive décor and color is very fitting for this celebration!
Serve up classic New Orleans dishes like jambalaya, red beans and rice, and shrimp! Add Cajun seasoning to popcorn for a late night snack. Set up a build your own hurricane cocktail bar with all the mix-ins for this fitting beverage!

I hope you’re inspired to host a fabulous masked Mardi Gras party!

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About The Author
Courtney Whitmore
Courtney Whitmore is a published cookbook author, entertaining and food stylist, and blogger at where she shares the art of presenting classic foods with a modern twist and setting a tablescape with lots of pizzazz. She attended Vanderbilt University earning both a bachelors in Communications + masters in Organizational Leadership. Her expertise has been seen in Better Homes & Gardens,, Ladies Home Journal, AOL’s DIY Life, Access Hollywood, and

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