How can you create the perfect Mardi Gras party or event? There are so many colors to choose from. So, we’re breaking down 5 must-have items to include in your party for the perfect touch of Mardi Gras spirit. Keep reading for a bit of history, some simple décor ideas and stunning photo inspiration.
1. Mardi Gras Colors: Green, Gold & Purple
For our tablescape, we choose to focus primarily on the color gold, allowing purple and green to act as accents. The gold tablecloth acted as an anchor point for the centerpieces. We also chose gold plate charger, gold rimmed plates, gold accented silverware and gold character standees for an added touch.
2. Beads, Beads and More Beads
It's believed that beads were introduced in New Orleans during the late 1800s. Glass beads were tossed into the crowds, becoming an instant hit and now long-standing tradition of Mardi Gras. Today, they're among the most popular item to pass out during the season and are available in a variety of sizes and shapes.
- Passing them to guests as they arrive
- Hanging them on chair backs for a seated dinner
- Filling a variety of clear glass vases and using them as simple centerpieces
- Draping them over decorative items and across the center of your tables
3. Incorporate Mardi Gras Masks
Masks are a very popular component to Mardi Gras celebrations. Mardi Gras masks are worn by party goers and float riders throughout the season. While some masks cover the entire face, others only cover the eyes.
4. A Touch Of Carnival
Mardi Gras is certainly a season of parties, so incorporating the party spirit into your own event is a must-do. One of the most well-known phrases is the Cajun phrase, "Laissez les bons temps rouler", which in English means, "let the good times roll". We thought it would be fun to personalize coasters for each guest with the phrase to put at each place setting.
5. Jazz Music
New Orleans, the home of Mardi Gras, is known as the birthplace of Jazz. While other types of music are played throughout the season, Jazz music is always played during parades and at Mardi Gras events. The gold, life-sized Jazz musician standees were a great touch to the party to add addtional touches of gold. Standees are an affordable way to add height and size to a party, filling up large spaces with ease.