Mardi Gras is now just a few months away. Many places around America and the world are now opening up and allowing bigger group events with more people getting vaccinated or even getting booster shots, but this openness is still not yet guaranteed. You might be wondering how, amidst the pandemic, you’d be able to mark the occasion as a holiday known for wild parties and massive crowds.
Here at CHARISMATICO, we have ideas, tips, and tricks that can help make Mardi Gras fun even if we have to social distance again. Learn more about Mardi Gras parties and peruse our collection of the best ideas, which include everything from accessories to mardi gras outfits.
Getting On With Mardi Gras
This carnival celebration is also known as Fat Tuesday because it is held the day before Ash Wednesday. It is most widely observed in New Orleans.
Before the Lenten season, it is customary to overindulge in heavy foods and sweets. While the celebration has religious overtones, many people of all faiths now participate in the fun party atmosphere that Mardi Gras provides.
Here are some Mardi Gras party planning tips from CHARISMATICO.
1. Virtually commemorate
We understand that you've had your fill of virtual events up to this point, and we fully comprehend that it's getting old. Nevertheless, you should include a virtual component in your Mardis Gras celebration.
Send party packages to those who choose virtual, including all of the bling your in-person guests will receive, such as matte gold or gleaming feather masks and, of course, beads.
2. List of guests
The fact that your guest list should be limited is undeniable. Keep invitations to your bubble's friends and family. Feel free to extend the invitation to out-of-state visitors who you know will attend the virtual party. The primary goal is to have a good time while keeping everyone safe.
E-Invites are the simplest way to send out invitations for an event with both in-person and virtual options. This way, guests can select the option that best suits them, and you can link to your virtual party and request virtual guests' addresses so that you can send their party packages to them.
Have a good time! Numerous websites provide free or low-cost E-Invite options with myriad customization options.
For your Mardis Gras party menu, traditional Creole or Cajun cooking is the way to go. If you want to show off your culinary prowess, try a jambalaya or a classic gumbo recipe.
If you have guests with dietary restrictions, it's simple to make these meatless or even vegan. Even better, use your event as an excuse to patronize your favorite Cajun or Creole bistros.
Some Mexican restaurants also serve Cajun cuisine. If you choose catering, you can go above and beyond by sending individual meals to your virtual guests in their local area. Conduct some research and select the best option for your occasion.
5. Exciting Games
A fun Mardi Gras party isn't complete without fun Mardi Gras party games! The following are some entertaining games to play at your party:
6. Competition for the best DIY mask
Make a competition out of it by having each guest decorate a mask. A box of Mardi Gras-themed cupcakes, a bottle of champagne, or a gift card to a local restaurant can all be won by the person who has the best decorated mask.
7. Must-know Mardi
Play a round of Mardi Gras trivia with questions based on Mardi Gras history and traditions. Give the winner a prize that they'll enjoy!
It goes without saying that cocktails are an essential part of any Mardi Gras festivities. Choose from a variety of classic NOLA cocktails, such as the Hurricane, which combines light and dark rums with passion fruit juice, lime, orange, and grenadine in a glass. Serve in a classic hurricane glass with a Maraschino cherry on top.
As little more than a mocktail, this drink is also very simple to make. Simply combine the fruit juices with soda water and serve. You could include a recipe card with your virtual guests' invitations so that they can make their own Hurricanes at home.
The general rule of thumb when it comes to choosing decorations for your Mardi Gras party is that the more festive, the better! Stock up on everything purple, green, and gold, make it all shimmer. Feathered masks, beads, party hats, noisemakers, streamers, and more will make your in-person guests feel like they're partying on Bourbon Street.
Consider sending each of your virtual guests an individual party packet containing all of the supplies they require so that they do not feel left out. To make it more festive, you could have them download some Bourbon Street Zoom backgrounds.
10. Outfit for the event
Getting ready for a Mardi Gras is definitely thrilling, and you can't go wrong with this because Charismatico offers the best outfits for you!
Beads in purple, green, and gold are highly suggested. For those who want to go all out, carnival masks, jester hats, and glittery or sequined clothing are also great party outfits. Then, you can crown your two best-dressed guests as Bourbon Street's official King and Queen.
Of course, jazz music is the official music of Mardis Gras. Using whichever streaming music service you prefer, create a jazz playlist with funk and brass bands. You can look up Mardis Gras playlists and share them with your virtual visitors so they can hear the sounds of Mardis Gras from the comfort of their own homes.
A great theme makes a party even more enjoyable! While the classic Fat Tuesday or carnival themes are always popular, you can add a unique twist to the celebration by choosing other fun themes.
Even if social distancing and large group gathering are not allowed during the Mardi Gras season, it doesn't mean we can't have a good time and keep the party going. To keep yourself and your guests safe, check out the CDC's recommendations for private events.