Mardi Gras Party in a Snap!
Mardi Gras, the festive “Fat Tuesday” celebration before the beginning of Lent, is a case study of revelry in the extreme. Seasoned participants wouldn’t dream of missing out, and newbies dream of taking part.
A feast for the senses with blazing colors, indulgent flavors and nonstop fun, why wouldn’t you jump on the float, er bandwagon, and throw your own party? All it takes is a willingness to go all in. Here’s how to make it look, sound and taste like an epic celebration!
ELEVATE YOUR ATMOSPHERELet bright sights and energetic sounds carry you away.
VIBRANT VISUALSDress up your home (and yourself) with brilliant colors and sparkles, and get ready to breathe purple, green and gold. Hang balloons and streamers, fill vases with beads and incorporate harlequin patterns and fleur-de-lis designs. Scatter gold “doubloons” on tabletops. Mardi Gras is all about excess, so heap it on!
SEDUCTIVE SOUNDSJazz, zydeco, brass band classics. If color is the costume, music is the heart and soul of the party. Create, download or stream a playlist with traditional anthems and new surprises that’ll keep your party grooving late into the night.
AUTHENTICATE YOUR FAREChannel local Louisiana flavor with tasty, time-honored dishes.
DIG INTO A ROYAL TREATThe King Cake, a Mardi Gras must, is a sweet ring of cinnamon- and sugar-filled dough baked with a tiny toy baby boy hidden inside, and then topped with a creamy glaze and layered with sugars in the Mardi Gras hues of purple, green and gold. Try making your own colored sugar: Pour granulated sugar into a SNAPWARE® 1.3 CUP SQUARE AIRTIGHT PLASTIC FOOD STORAGE CONTAINERS, add a few drops of food coloring, then cover and shake gently.
GET YOUR GUMBO ONGumbo’s history is as storied and complex as the dish itself, and a Mardi Gras menu wouldn’t be complete without it. With so many ingredients making up this classic dish—chicken, smoked sausage, shrimp, bell pepper, onion, garlic, celery and okra—you’ll want to prepare as much as you can ahead of time. Store the chopped or cooked ingredients in various containers from the SNAPWARE® 10-PC STORAGE FOOD STORAGE SET.
MAKE IT YOUR OWNThe best thing about making the hearty New Orleans classic, red beans and rice? No recipe is the same, so you can tweak to your heart’s content. Be sure to include Cajun seasoning, and if you’re adding meat, you can choose between a few full-flavored options that are all equally traditional—andouille sausage, bacon, ham hocks or salt pork.
CAPTIVATE YOUR CREWInclude fun crafts and activities that’ll get everyone in a festive mood.
THROW IT DOWNOne of the most recognizable Mardi Gras traditions, parade-goers collect throw beads, medallions and other trinkets that are tossed from the colorful floats that go by. Create your own necklace-making station and set out an assortment of beads and embroidery thread, thin ribbons or even shoelaces. Divide by color in layered SNAPWARE® SNAP ‘N STACK® HOME STORAGE CONTAINERS so guests can string their own signature pattern. Or make smaller versions of the coveted Zulu Coconut, the holy grail of throws, by painting large shelled walnuts gold and adorning them with glitter and paint.
MASQUERADE BRIGADESet out simple eye masks along with embellishments like ribbons, sequins, feathers and more. Encourage the merrymakers who didn’t already come in costume to fashion their own ornate designs or outlandish disguises.
A little effort is all it takes to create your own Big Easy. That, and a desire to let the good times roll!
YOUR TURN: Which part of a Mardi Gras party appeals most to you?