Mardi Gras-Themed Birthday Party Ideas

Was your child born around Mardi Gras? Celebrate New Orleans style with colorful masks, beaded necklaces and a big King Cake. Here are our tips on hosting your own Mardi Gras birthday bash.
Decorations
Make your house vibrant with the traditional Mardi Gras colors: purple (representing justice), green (faith) and gold (power). There's no subtlety in Mardi Gras, so the bolder the better.

For true Mardi Gras style, you'll need masks, streamers, confetti and doubloons. Balloons and beads are easy to come by and are decidedly appropriate for this holiday. And don't forget to decorate their drinks! Dress up frozen concoctions with a paper umbrella or parrot.

Party Attire
Wondering what to wear to a Mardi Gras party? Beads, a fabulous mask and a smile. Or, if you're ready to go all out, Mardi Gras is the perfect time for you and your guests to get into costume. The court jester is a classic symbol of Mardi Gras. Throw on a cape and top hat and be a magician, or slap on an eye patch and some stripes and come as a swashbuckling pirate. Anything goes as long as it's bold and over-the-top.

Party Activities
Feeling crafty at your Mardi Gras party? Set up a mask-making station, so unadorned guests can make their own. Provide plenty of supplies, such as feathers, sequins and glitter, and have a prize for the person whose homemade mask is voted the best.

A costume contest is a must at Mardi Gras. Crown the best-dressed boy and girl the king and queen of your party. Have some scepters on hand for party favors so kids can feel like royalty.
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