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Why settle for the same old ideas for costume party? Take a trip to Mardi Gras for an unforgettable twist on this sensational party theme!

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Mardi Gras Party Invitations

Make sure no one misses a moment of your Mardi Gras event by sending out invitations using these costume party ideas!
  • Make your own Mardi Gras glitter mask by cutting one out from cardstock and gluing sequins or glitter to the front. Add a couple of feathers from a craft store before turning the mask over and writing "It's a Mardi Gras party! Put on your best disguise and meet us at (location) on (time) at (date) for a real party!"
  • Mardi Gras wouldn't be the same without beads, so have fun with this party favorite when you design your invitations! Cut several "jewel shaped" pieces of colorful cardstock, with each one measuring no larger than 1" x 2" or so. On each one, write a piece of information about your party. For example: Mardi Gras, costume party, (time), (date), (location). Next, cover the pieces, front and back, with clear packing tape to keep them from tearing before threading each one with a needle. Use clear thread to tie each of these "jewels" to a beaded necklace, making sure that all of the information makes it to each one. Pass out the necklaces to potential guests for an innovative Mardi Gras party invitation!
  • Go upscale with a fully personalized shimmering mardi gras invitationcostume party idea! These invitations rotate open to reveal your message, which is custom printed when you order! Say anything in style with these fantastic, impressive invitations!

Don't forget to check out these great printed Costume party ideas for invitations:

Mardi Gras Masks Vertical Invitations Personalized Vertical Invitation Each

Mardi Gras Masks Invitation
Price: $1.29

Luau Sticker Sheets

Mardi Gras Night Invite
Price: $1.29

Luau Party Registration Personalized Banner

Mardi Gras Madness Invitation
Price: $1.29

Mardi Gras Magic Vertical Invitations Personalized Vertical Invitation Each

Mardi Gras Magic Invitation
Price: $1.29

Mardi Gras Party Decorations

Transport your party straight to the streets of New Orleans when you set up the Midnight Masquerade Columns and Lamp Post theme kitcostume party idea! This saucy street scene offers your choice of towering street light columns in the traditional green, purple, and gold of Mardi Gras. Add a mask archcostume party idea and your street-level decorations will soar to new heights!

The Rendezvous Arch setcostume party idea will allow you to quickly and easily reinvent the Big Easy in your own living room. This fabulous set includes a set of three French Quarter buildings, a massive lighted arch, and working lamp posts. Perfect for decorating, this incredible set will also double for a great photo setting!

One of the best costume party ideas is to make it feel like a party with dozens of Mardi Gras balloons throughout the room. From jokers to jesters and masks to musicals, this stunning array of Fat Tuesday balloons is sure to liven up your display of costume party ideas!

Complete your ceiling-scape with New Orleans boa and ceiling decorationscostume party idea. This lively collection of feather boas and shimmering masks and stars will make your ceiling pop with the fiery spirit of Mardi Gras!

Use Mardi Gras patterned gossamercostume party idea to cover walls, tables, and even floors! Drape layers for curtains or to hide portions of the room that are lacking that festive touch. It's a party, and there's no better way to show it than transforming the space with this rowdy gossamer!

Dress up your tables with a feather mask centerpiececostume party idea. Each set features two feathered masks arranged around a base and stands up to 17" high to make a lasting impression. These great masks adjust to offer several options to bring Mardi Gras to every facet of the room!

Set the table with your choice of solid table wear, or opt for the "beaded" Mardi Gras celebration ensemblecostume party idea to really jazz up your buffet. Opt for Mardi Gras plastic tumblers instead of paper cups to hold up for a long night of partying!

I recommend these Costume party ideas for decoration:

Mardi Gras Ceiling Decorating Kit

Mardi Gras Ceiling Decorating Kit
Price: $19.99

Mardi Gras Door/Wall Panel

Mardi Gras Door/Wall Panel
Price: $4.99

Aloha Luau Personalized Invitation

Mardi Gras Outdoor Decorating Kit
Price: $24.99

Mardi Gras Mambo Balloon Stand Each

Mardi Gras Mambo Balloon Stand Each
Price: $48.59

11 Mardi Gras Mask Around Balloons Pkg/100

11" Mardi Gras Mask Around Balloons Pkg/100
Price: $29.99

Mardi Gras Decor & Street Light Props Pkg/21

Mardi Gras Decor & Street Light Props Pkg/21
Price: $ 4.99

Adult Mardi Gras Costumes

Mardi Gras is all about crazy hats, tons of beadscostume party idea, and dramatic costumes with vibrant, colorful masks, so invite guests to come in their most dazzling Fat Tuesday outfits and masks. Make sure that no one is left out by offering a supply of beads, crazy hats, and sequined maskscostume party idea to help keep the individual identities of your Mardi Gras party guests a mystery!

Check out these super creative Costume party ideas for costumes:

Mardi Gras Madness Adult Costume

Mardi Gras Madness Adult Costume
Price: $39.99

Mardi Gras Butterfly Mesh Mask - Fairy Costume Accessory

Butterfly Mesh Mask - Fairy Costume Accessory
Price: $5.99

Mardi Gras King Hat - Mardi Gras Costume Accessory

Mardi Gras King Hat - Mardi Gras Costume Accessory
Price: $10.00

Mardi Gras King Adult Costume

Mardi Gras King Adult Costume
Price: $74.99

Mardi Gras Icebreaker Activities

Create Your Own Street Party

When you think of a fun Mardi Gras theme icebreaker, you likely think of the crazy partying on the streets of New Orleans. If you want to capture this, then create your own street scene. This can be PG rated or go for the full crazy detail—it all depends on your audience. This is a great way to make guests feel that they are on the streets of New Orleans by setting up something that looks like a backdrop of a street. Then create cars or busses out of boxes that guests can jump onto and look down at the people below. The most important element of this fun party—the beads of course! You have to ensure that you have plenty of music, some fun Mardi Gras drinks, and of course let guests throw beads to each other for great fun!

Mask Away Your Troubles

A really fun Mardi Gras theme icebreaker involves the use of masks because that's what these costume party ideas are all about. Here you invite guests from the start to come dressed up in a mask of their choice. Make it so that other guests have to guess who is behind each mask so that guests think outside the box and really get into character. It can be great fun to let the guests guess who each other is and just finding that perfect mask is such great fun to start with that they will immediately be in the spirit. Since Mardi Gras is so focused on the masks as part of the celebration, be sure that they play a big role in this party and let guests have fun creating their look!

Get Into Character

Many that have been to this big party will tell you that you get into a character that is so unlike who you are in real life. In this Mardi Gras theme icebreaker, you invite guests to create their own character. This doesn't have to be a well known character but let them embrace their inner party animal and bring it the party. Let them create somebody who they aren't in everyday life and then bring it to the party. Make sure that an elaborate costume is a big part of this because the most enjoyable part is when everybody gets together in their bright, vibrant, extravagant costumes and lets the inner party animal come out at this biggest party of the year!

Give Them What They Want

You set the scene in this Mardi Gras theme icebreaker by providing everything they need to get dressed up and have fun. Since costume party ideas such as this are all about the ensemble, you provide what they need to get dressed up. Be sure that you have some fantastic masks on hand that guests can pick from and use for the night. Have plenty of bright makeup on hand that they can use to paint their face and anything else that they want to paint. Have of course lots of beads, boas, jewelry, and anything else that can help them get into the right frame of mind. Then guests can have fun dressing themselves and each other as they create their own little Mardi Gras, right there in your house!

Mardi Gras Party Food

Mardi Gras partygoers like it hot, so make them sweat with this smokin' party food ideas, then cool them off with an ice cold drink or a sweet dessert. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Folks don't go to Mardi Gras for the water, and they aren't likely to be looking for it at your party, either!

  • Adult beverages – If your party is for adults only, this type of drink will likely be the most requested of the night!
  • "Mocktails" – Mocktails look like cocktails, but they are alcohol-free. Serve your favorite creations in Mardi Gras Jester Face gobletscostume party idea to add a little flavor to these benign drinks!
  • Soft drinks – Soft drinks are always a party favorite! You can't go wrong with these.

Keep it hot on the buffet at Mardi Gras! Here are some Cajun favorites that guests won't be able to keep their hands off of!

  • Andouille Pasta – Crumble and fry a pound of Andouille sausage for every 32 ounces of spaghetti sauce. Combine cooked sausage and sauce with ½ cup of sugar and serve with cooked rotini or ziti pasta on the side for a smokin' hot dish with just the right hint of sweetness.
  • Shrimp – Boil shrimp and serve with a homemade cocktail sauce of horseradish and ketchup.
  • Gumbo – Gumbo is classic New Orleans food, and it's easy to whip up a version of your own. Combine cooked ham, chicken, crab meat, and shrimp with raw okra, peppers, and onion and stew together for an hour or more, or until thick.
  • Jambalaya – Jambalaya is a mixture of sliced smoked sausage, vegetables, and rice. Easily adapt this mainstay to your own tastes with many recipes online from which to choose.

After a hot buffet, soothe your palate with these Mardi Gras costume party ideas for dessert!

  • The traditional cake of Mardi Gras is the famous King Cake, so don't overlook it for your Fat Tuesday party! King Cakes are primarily sweetened yeast breads baked with a token hidden inside. The lucky recipient of the token gets to be the host of the next Mardi Gras party. You can easily read up on this beloved tradition and find King Cake recipes by searching online.
  • Top cupcakes with gold coinscostume party idea for a super easy dessert that leaves plenty of time for partying!
  • Ice a sheet cake with white icing to provide a base for an easy yet impressive Mardi Gras dessert. Add glitz with gold edible glitter, then top with traditional Mardi Gras masks for a cake with a lot of flair!

Mardi Gras Party Favors

Mardi Gras is synonymous with New Orleans, plastic beads, and gold coins . You can bring on the feel of the French Quarter with your party decorations, but guests will leave feeling like they've been to the real deal when you send them home with these classic Mardi Gras costume party ideas!

Here are some awesome Mardi Gras party favors:

Mardi Gras Ribbon Favor Box Personalized Favor Box Each

Mardi Gras Ribbon Favor Box
Price: $1.49

Mardi Gras Trinket Favors (48)

Mardi Gras Trinket Favors (48)
Price: $12.99

Mardi Gras Jingle Jester Wand

Mardi Gras Jingle Jester Wand
Price: $2.99

Mardi Gras Ribbon Milk Chocolate Lollipops

Mardi Gras Ribbon Milk Chocolate Lollipops
Price: $1.49 each

Mardi Gras Thank You Notes

Capture your Mardi Gras costume party ideas in pictures, then turn your party photos into a visual montage of the wildest crowd to ever hit the streets of the "Big Easy" in your hometown! Put together a flier that looks like the front page of the newspaper and share the most amazing party pictures with the group for a great way to say thanks and preserve the memories!

Here are some wonderful Mardi Gras thank you cards:

Mardi Gras Ribbon Vertical Thank You Cards

Mardi Gras Ribbon Vertical Thank You Cards
Price: $1.29 each

Mardi Gras Night Veritical Thank You Cards

Mardi Gras Night Veritical Thank You Cards
Price: $1.29

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