Plan a wild Mardi Gras party

Need Mardi Gras party ideas? Start with a simmering pot of etouffee, a big king cake, Cajun-inspired tunes and others tips on hosting your own Mardi Gras celebration from


Make your house vibrant with the traditional Mardi Gras colors — purple (representing justice), green (faith) and gold (power). There's no subtlety in Mardi Gras, so the bolder the better.

For true Mardi Gras style, you need masks, streamers, confetti and doubloons. Balloons and beads are easy to come by and decidedly appropriate for this holiday. And don't forget to decorate your drinks! Dress up your frozen concoctions with a paper umbrella or parrot.

Costume Ideas

Wondering what to wear to a Mardi Gras party? Beads, a fabulous mask and a smile. The bright colors of the holiday — purple, green and gold — are also key.

Debauchery reigns supreme, so anything you do in excess takes the (king) cake. Think pirates, showgirls, court jesters, anything your wildest imagination can dream up.


Feeling crafty at your Mardi Gras party? Set up a mask-making station so unadorned guests can make their own. Provide plenty of supplies such as feathers, sequins and glitter, and have a prize for the person whose mask is voted the best.

A costume contest is a must at Mardi Gras. Crown the best-dressed male and female the king and queen of your party.


It's all about the hurricane. Or the grenade. Or enormous vats of beer. If possible, serve in obnoxious-colored plastic containers.


1 ounce vodka

1/4 ounce grenadine syrup

1 ounce gin

1 ounce light rum

1/2 ounce Bacardi® 151 rum

1 ounce amaretto almond liqueur

1 ounce triple sec

1/4 cup grapefruit juice

1/4 cup pineapple juice

Pour all but the juices, in order listed, into a hurricane glass three-quarters filled with ice. Fill with equal parts of grapefruit and pineapple juice, and serve.


1. "Jambalaya" / Joe Stafford

2. "I Shall Not be Moved" / Dirty Dozen Brass Band

3. "Tell It To Me" / Old Crow Medicine Show

4. "Time Tuff" / Toots & the Maytals

5. "Buggy Full of Cajun Music" / Jambalaya Cajun Band

6. "Going Back to Louisiana" / Kim Carson

7. "La Ti Da" / Marcia Ball

8. "When a Cajun Man Gets the Blues" / Tab Benoit

9. "Ya-Ya" / Eh La Bas

10. "Goin' Back to New Orleans" / Dr. John

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