New Years Eve Mardi Gras Celebration

Mardi Gras has always been viewed as the ultimate party experience. If you really want to celebrate New Year’s Eve why not have a Mardi Gras celebration? Picture yourself in the middle of the French Quarter wearing a colorful mask, and, of course, Mardi Gras beads. You are a stranger in the crowd of masked faces, and the smell of spicy Cajun cuisine is so close that it makes your mouth water. 

The upbeat sounds of New Orleans carnival music are everywhere. Everyone is offering you beaded necklaces of all shapes and colors. People are in the streets celebrating the fun, colorful and exciting carnival that is Mardi Gras. Go ahead and combine New's Year Eve and Mardi Gras for a great celebration!

Mardi Gras Invitations
You can certainly choose a New Years party invitation, but a Mardi Gras theme invitation is a lot of fun and is perfect for this party. Include a fabulous Mardi Gras mask and everyone will want to attend your party! (You'll want to mail it in a padded envelope or even a box.)

Feeling ambitious? Try one of these other invite ideas:
  • What could be more fun than making your own Mardi Gras masks as an invitation? Use construction paper, glitter, sequins, feathers and anything else that will add sparkle to your works of art. Visit your local art supply store or craft store for some ideas and assistance. Put all of the party information on the reverse side of the masks. 
  • Tie your invite with some classic Mardi Gras party beads.  Guests can wear them later to your party! 
  • Don't forget to add some fleur de lis confetti to the envelope to finish off the look. 
Recommend that your guests wear your masks as they arrive. You might even want to encourage them to dress in costume. Be prepared when your guests arrive for Mardi Gras New Year's style! Have plenty of beads and masks! The Mardi Gras party pack has enough for 25 people to dress Mardi Gras style!

New Year's Eve Mardi Gras Decorations and Party Supplies
As your guests arrive, let them hear the sounds of a Dixieland jazz band or Mardi Gras music playing in the background.  Greet them dressed as the King of Mardi Gras!  
 
Purple, green, and gold are the traditional colors of the celebration, so stick to this bright color scheme. Hang Mardi Gras crepe paper on the walls, along with masks, balloons, and beads!

Mardi Gras is such a colorful and energetic holiday. Make sure your party reflects this by filling your venue with fun Mardi Gras and New Year's theme decor:
You're venue will be looking like Bourbon Street before you know it!
 
new year's table decorations and menu
Make different bouquets of New Years Eve noisemakers and 2015 glasses to use as your centerpieces. Have them coming out of fun green glitter top hats (or other fun Mardi Gras theme hats). Tie purple, gold, and green helium filled balloons to the bouquets to give them some height. Your guests can use the noisemakers later to join in the festivities!

Keep your menu easy and fun with a buffet. Naturally, use paper goods! Make sure to use a fun design.
Can't you just smell the zesty spices of traditional New Orleans cuisine? Well if you can't, visit Kyle LeBlanc Crawfish Farms to purchase crawfish so you can have an authentic boil! Yum!
 
You can also check out www.foodtv.com and see what Emeril, the king of New Orleans himself, has to say about Cajun and Creole cuisine.  And don't forget a King Cake for dessert!

Mardi Gras Activities
Make sure to keep your guests entertained until the ball drops.  Try one or two of these Mardi Gras themed activities:
  • Along with the usual New Year's Eve hoopla, have a costume contest! Whoever has the most elaborate and creative costume is the winner! We have tons of Mardi Gras costumes that will help you win first prize.
  • Set up a photobooth with a Mardi Gras photo op.  Family and friends will love posing as jesters!
  • A Mardi Gras pinata is sure to be a hit! (Pun intended.)  Fill with candies that match the color scheme: purple, yellow, and green.
  • Another fun game that you can play is "Hidden Treasure." Divide everyone into two teams, and have a treasure hunt for gold Doubloons and beaded necklaces. You can hide a bunch of stuff with or without giving the teams clues as to the whereabouts of the "treasure." The team that finds the most "treasure" wins a prize!
  • A balloon drop is always fun!  Make sure to hand out gold confetti horns (they match the theme!) and confetti poppers for the countdown.  
We have tons of New Year's Eve Games to choose from, too.  Take a look!

New Year's Eve Party Favors
Send your family and friends home with some sweet treats to remember the last night of the year.  Try one or two of these favors:
It's going to be a great party, but be warned.... Your guests will have so much fun at your New Year's Mardi Gras party that they will want you to host another Mardi Gras party in February!