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How to plan a Mardi Gras party: 4 steps

From setting a dress code and planning your menu to creating party invites, learn how to throw an awesome Mardi Gras party that your guests will never forget.

Mardi Gras is a time for people to gather, dance to music, watch a parade—and of course, feast! And it’s hard to not get caught up with the fun and festivities. After all, it’s not every day that you see people walking around outside in flashy costumes and mysterious-looking masks.

While the parade goes on outside, you might be thinking of throwing a party at home to soak in the festive mood. Well, keep reading as we cover four steps for planning an awesome Mardi Gras party that you and your guests will never forget.

1. Decorate your party venue

What is a party without decorations? With purple, green, and gold being the traditional Mardi Gras colors, hunt for lovely decorations that meet this color scheme. But if you aren’t sure what party decorations to get, balloons are a good bet. People of all ages love them. Plus, they’re easy to get hold of and easy to prep (just blow ‘em up!)

Just check out the massive pile of balloons that TikTok user @thegracefulhost.shop has prepared for Mardi Gras:

Alternatively, for a classier vibe, you could put up a Mardi Gras tree. Pull out your Christmas tree, then decorate it with masks, fairy lights, tinsel, and festive baubles:

Place your Mardi Gras tree in a prominent area in your home, and voilà! You’ve just amped up the Mardi Gras atmosphere by several notches.

2. Pick a dress code

After dressing up your party venue, you’ll need to dress up the VIPs. That’s you and everyone you’re inviting to your Mardi Gras party!

Pick a dress code for your party and share it with your guests so they can prep their outfit in advance. Don’t get too conservative with your dress code—this is a great opportunity to wear loud, attention-grabbing outfits that you wouldn’t normally wear. We’re talking about:

  • Shiny crowns
  • Jumbo bead necklaces
  • Glittery masquerade masks
  • Funky vests (for the guys) and bustiers (for the girls), and so on!

Also, for extra oomph, why not add a twist to your Mardi Gras dress code? Take an existing outfit theme, and challenge your guests to add a Mardi Gras spin to it.

Check out the awesome space-themed Mardi Gras outfits that this trio is wearing, for example:

Is that Buzz Lightyear we see in the middle, all dressed up and ready for Mardi Gras? Love it.

3. Plan the party menu

If there’s one thing that everyone looks forward to at a Mardi Gras party (or any party in general), it’s the eating. Plan a party menu that will leave your dining table groaning under the weight of the dishes you’ve placed on it, and your guests stuffed and satisfied.

In particular, consider having a Mardi Gras king cake—that purple, green, and gold-hued, ring-shaped cake with a plastic toy baby baked in. Do a quick online search and you’ll find plenty of recipes for baking your own king cake if you want to give that a shot.

Of course, this doesn’t mean that you have to cook everything yourself.

You could make your party a potluck and have your guests contribute to the spread. Alternatively, why not place an order with your favorite restaurant? This way, you get to support a local business, and serve up delicious food for your party without spending hours in the kitchen.

Take a look at the scrumptious menu that seafood restaurant Half Shells Seafood Grill is offering for this year’s Mardi Gras:

Gumbo, New Orleans BBQ shrimp, and chargrilled oysters? We are drooling.

4. Send out party invites!

Drawn up your guest list? Then get the word out on your Mardi Gras party! With Mardi Gras around the corner, you’ll want a quick and easy way of creating party invites so your guests can block off the date ASAP.

Well, PosterMyWall can help with just that. We have a whopping 1,910+ beautiful Mardi Gras invitation templates for you to choose from! Browse the selection, pick a template that you like, then use our drag-and-drop editor to modify it into your own, one-of-a-kind Mardi Gras party invite.

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From inserting your own images, to changing the colors and fonts of the text on your invite, the possibilities are endless.

Once you’re happy with the design, download your invite and send it to everyone on your guest list. After that, sit back as their RSVPs roll in. You might even get a compliment or two about how professionally designed your invites look—where at this point, you can smile and tell them, “I made them myself!”

Make your Mardi Gras party memorable

If this is your first time planning a Mardi Gras party, you may be nervous about pulling it off. But follow this guide, and watch your party become a success!

Start by planning your party decor, followed by setting a dress code for your guests. Your party will also need food, so think about whether you’ll be preparing it yourself, having a potluck, or catering dishes from a local restaurant.

And finally, don’t forget about your party invites! With PosterMyWall, creating stunning Mardi Gras party invites and need not cost a fortune, or take hours in design work. Simply choose your favorite Mardi Gras invitation template or a party flyer template and customize it with the deets of your party, and you’ll have your invites out in no time. Get started with creating your Mardi Gras party invites here.