Celebrate mardi gras without spending a fortune with these frugal party ideas and recipes. Mardi Gras is about music, parades, bright colors, costumes, food and fun! With the following party ideas and recipes you can have that same fun at home without all the expense of traveling to it.
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Mardi Gras Party Ideas
Decorations and costumes don't have to cost a lot of money when you shop the Dollar Store or the clearance sales after the holidays. If you are shopping after the holidays look for items that are plain in color. The colors used for the celebration are purple, green and gold.
Items to look for at the dollar store:
- Party beads
- paper products (napkins, plates, cups, silverware)
- Plastic tablecloths
- Party glasses and masks
- Banners and door posters
- Paper streamers
- Table centerpieces
- Floral bushes in green, purple and gold colors
- Craft accessories such as feathers and gems to decorate plain party masks
You can also make your own decorations at home using colored card stock and creating paper chains, masks and folded circles. Or, you can download decorations found online to print and cut-out. Just do a search for “printable Mardi Gras decorations“.
Mardi Gras Music
It can consist of many genres such as jazz and rhythm and blues. Look for music to play at your celebration on:
- OR You can do a search “Mardi Gras Music” or “Mardi Gras Music Playlist“
Mardi Gras Recipes
Traditional Mardi Gras food consists of seafood, sausage, Cajun, Creole, pancakes, red beans, rice, spices and many other delectable treats.
- Easy French Cassoulet Recipe
- French Beignets
- Simple Red Beans and Rice Recipe
- Shrimp Creole
- King Cakes
- Low Country Boil