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

Boiled Shrimp or Crawfish


Seafood Gumbo

Shrimp and Sausage Gumbo

Shrimp Étouffée

Shrimp & Okra Creole

Vegetarian Gumbo – Green Gumbo, also known as Gumbo Z’herbes

Red Beans and Rice

New Orleans Shrimp Po Boys

New Orleans Style Remoulade Sauce

House of Blues Voodoo Shrimp

Bloody Mary Shrimp Pasta

Loaves of French Bread


King Cake

Classic New Orleans Bread Pudding

Cocktails & Beverages

Pat O’Brien’s Copycat Hurricane Cocktail

Zombie Cocktail | Tiki Bar Classic

French 75 | Classic Champagne Cocktail


A tub of Sodas

Abita or Dixie Beer served frosty cold in a tub of ice

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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

Festive Decorations 

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.

Party Favors

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

I have a bunch of metal tubs that I’ll fill with lots of ice and serve frosty cold Louisiana beer, like Abita or Dixie.  If you can find Abita Brewing’s King Cake Soda give it a try. 

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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