Host a Mardi Gras Party: Recipes & Free Printable Masks!

2011 mardi gras party ideas

Host a Mardi Gras Party

Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday” and it is the last day of feasting before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. This year Mardi Gras is on March 8th.

mardi gras masquerade ball

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Let the GOOD TIMES roll. No Mardi Gras celebration would be complete without a small bite from a King Cake.  King Cakes are a holiday tradition around the world, including the celebration for the Twelfth Night and Carnival.   The King Cake tradition involves a small plastic baby ~ hidden inside the cake and the person that gets the slice with the baby has good luck for a year.  There are many versions of this story but this is the one I like.  The cake is topped with icing and three colored sugars – purple represents justice, green for fatih and gold the power.

how to make a king cake

Make Your Own King Cake
Unless you live in New Orleans, it might be difficult to find a King Cake! If your local grocery stores don’t provide them, make your own! Click over for an article written by our editor, Courtney Dial, with a recipe for King Cake!

mardi gras hurricane cocktail recipe

Hurricanes go hand in hand with Mardi Gras! We’re sharing this recipe for a Southern Comfort + Lime Hurricane Cocktail!

SoCo & Lime Hurricane (image + recipe via

3 oz. Southern Comfort
1.5 oz. sweet and sour mix
1/2 oz. blue curacao
1/2 oz. sweetened lime juice

Fill a sugar-rimmed hurricane glass with ice. Add all ingredients and stir. Garnish with a lime wedge and cherry.

free printable mardi gras masks

Mardi Gras Masks

No Mardi Gras party is complete without festive masks! Head to your local party store and pick up some for your guests. OR – head over to Print Picnic and choose from lots of designs and print your own! Decorate with jewels, rhinestones, ribbon, or whatever you desire!

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  1. Christine says:

    This makes me want to host a Mardi Gras Party! Love the green drinks! I also love the fun font you used for the “Mardi Gras Party” title. What font is that?

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