While you may not be in New Orleans for the Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) celebration, you can bring the festivities to your friends and family by hosting a Mardi Gras party in your home.
It’s a challenge organizing such a fun and over-the-top kind of party because there’s so much to do. Figuring out the budget, setting the date, creating your guest list, sending invitations — not to mention finding costume rentals so friends and family can come attired in carnival style costumes and fancy masks to add to the flavor of the festivities. (Traditionally, the Mardi Gras theme is a 17th century formal ball done in French costumes [think: Louis XIV], but you can choose whatever theme you like.)
Of course there’s the menu. The traditional food during Mardi Gras includes tasty dishes like gumbo, red beans and rice, crab étouffée, shrimp remoulade, chili, or jambalaya. And you must have a King Cake — a New Orleans pastry baked with a small plastic baby hidden inside. The person who gets the slice with the baby in it has to host the next party.
Be sure to decorate your home with streamers, balloons, beads, and masks in plenty of purple, green and gold, the traditional colors of Mardi Gras said to represent justice (purple), power (gold), and faith (green). Don’t forget the party favors and games. And be sure to download some traditional Mardi Gras music for your party as dancing is a must!
So, how do you find the time to organize a Mardi Gras party that all of your friends and family will enjoy and make you the party planner talk of the town? No problem.
Shelley’s Mardi Gras Party
Shelley has dreamed of going to New Orleans for Mardi Gras for years. But, being the busy-on-a-budget-mom that she is she always seems to have other priorities for her time and her money. But this year she just didn’t want the celebration to pass her by again so she decided to throw her own Mardi Gras party! She organized a group of her friends who excitedly agreed to help with the planning and (thank goodness) the cost and they got to work.
Shelley searched online for a mobile app that would keep all the busy moms organized and updated on the go. She found Samepage and boy what a relief — it was free!
With Samepage Shelley could create a main page with info everyone could access and update — invitation lists, music playlists, menus and recipe links, Google maps with party directions. They could even upload different kinds of files — photos of decoration ideas, and videos on how to prepare traditional Mardi Gras dishes. Samepage was so easy and took no time to learn. Now everyone can chime in on the planning real time and stay informed.
Samepage also lets them manage tasks with due dates so everyone knows what’s due when. Can you believe it, all this in one location on one easy to use application? Now Shelley and her friends spend less time hunting for information and more time getting things done. Samepage is just what Shelley and her friends needed to host a fantastic Mardi Gras theme party!
Of course, you’re going to celebrate Mardi Gras too, right? Need help pulling together a Mardi Gras theme party of your own? Sign up for Samepage today and we'll help you get the party started!