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? 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. (Make sure to use a pen that won't show through on the front of the mask.)

Recommend that your guests wear your masks as they arrive at your door. You might even want to encourage your guests 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. Purple, green, and gold are the traditional colors of the celebration, and can be displayed throughout the house (along with any other colors you choose). Hang crepe paper on the walls, along with masks, balloons, etc.

There are some great Mardi Gras decorations.  Fill the room with fun Mardi Gras and New Years theme decor:

You're home 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 2013 glasses to use as your centerpieces. Have them coming out of fun green glitter top hat (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 too.

We never have a formal sit down dinner for New Year’s Eve so food is necessary but pretty informal. Naturally we use paper goods! Choose a fun design for your paper goods.
Can't you just smell the zesty spices of the 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
Along with the usual New Year's Eve hoopla, have a costume contest! Whoever has the most elaborate and creative costume is the winner! 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! 

New Year's Eve Party Favors
A bag of chocolate Doubloons are always a nice treat for your guests to take home. But even better is a personalized Mardi Gras candy bar wrapper that will remind your friends how much fun they had the night before. Don't forget favor bags!  Check out these custom New Year's Eve favor bags.
 
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!