Easy Recipes for Mardi Gras Party
Throw a fun and festive Mardi Gras party with these easy recipes.
Throw a Mardi Gras Party
Laissez le Bon Temps Rouler – Let the Good Times Roll! With These Easy Mardi Gras Recipes
As we say in New Orleans, Laissez le bon temps rouler, Cajun for Let the good times roll!
With winter’s chill still in the air now is a great time to grab friends and family for an impromptu Mardi Gras party.
Mardi Gras is on Fat Tuesday the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday and is the final day of the season between Christmas and Lent. Ash Wednesday – the first day of Lent – a period that many cultures traditionally give up favorite foods and alcohol in preparation for Easter. So for many Fat Tuesday is the last chance party excuse before a six-week period of abstinence.
Food – Easy Recipes:
Creole and Cajun foods are favorites for Mardi Gras parties.
Cajun & Creole Recipes
Feed A Crowd – 1 Pot Dishes
Vegetarian Gumbo – Green Gumbo, also known as Gumbo Z’herbes
Loaves of French Bread
Cocktails & Beverages
A tub of Sodas
Abita or Dixie Beer served frosty cold in a tub of ice
Festive Mardi Gras Party Ideas
Plan the Party
Keep it simple
- Play zydeco music or make a Spotify or Pandora channel with old school New Orleans favs, like Louis Armstrong, Dr. John, Professor Longhair, Neville Brothers or try this playlist from GoNola.com
Laissez le bon temps rouler, – “Let the good times roll”!
Celebrate Fat Tuesday
Throw a Mardi Gras Party
Make it Extra Special with These Additions
Easy Mardi Gras Decorations
Time to hit my favorite party store —The Dollar Store— and grab some decorations in Mardi Gras colors of gold, green and purple representing the virtues of power, faith, and justice.
- Hang string lights wrapped with gold green and, purple streamers.
- Buy bags of gold doubloons and plastic beaded necklaces
- Fill large bowls or large Martini Glasses with the beads and doubloons – the typical booty thrown from floats at Mardi Gras parades.
Throw Me Something, Mister
Head to the Dollar Store or craft store and buy Mardi Gras beads and doubloons in bulk and display them in giant martini glasses or if you picked up a giant Hurricane Glass At Pat O’s that works.
Buy plain masks and supplies, like paint, feathers and sequins for guest to make their own Mardi Gras Mask creation.
Mardi Gras Food
Make it Easy
Choose one or 2 Cajun or Creole classics that cook in one pot, like a spicy gumbo and boiled shrimp or crawfish. Or Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya and Shrimp Étouffée.
Serve King Cake or New Orleans Bread Pudding.
Make it Easy
Fat Tuesday Food
Pick-up a bucket of Popeye’s Fried Chicken (spicy of course) and a side of red beans & rice.
Make it a potluck and have everyone bring a New Orleans inspired dish.
Make a Giant Muffuletta, and serve with Zapp’s Voodoo Chips
Make a Batch of a Classic
Hurricanes, Zombies and Bloody Mary’s oh my.
There are so many classic New Orleans Cocktails. Choose a favorite and make a giant batch.
Ice Cold Beverages
Louisiana Beer, Craft Sodas & Sparkling Water
Place lime and orange wedges + maybe a few thinly sliced fresh chilis (make sure you remove the seeds- and wear gloves when handling the chilies unless you want removing your contacts to be a really painful experience) next to the beer & soda to make it easy for everyone to add their favorite flavor. I’m digging orange at the moment.
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