Mardi Gras is an age-old holiday that dates to Medieval Europe, especially in Venice, Rome, and areas of France. In the United States, the first Mardi Gras took place on March 3, 1699, when French explorers landed near what is present-day New Orleans. Let’s take a look at some ways that you can hold great Mardi Gras festivities for your family and friends and some great gift ideas that might make the time even more exhilarating.
Holding a Virtual Mardi Gras Party
With the pandemic, you can still meet with your family and friends virtually. For a virtual Mardi Gras celebration, you can send your attendees all the gifts and swag that you would give them for an in-person get together. Jubilee Gift Shop can help you find the right ornaments, masks, beads, and other party items, even if you cannot meet in person.
Menu Ideas for Small, In-Person Get Togethers
If you are having an in-person get together, the traditional Creole or Cajun cooking is always an easy win. This might be a good year to have a local restaurant cater. Meatless and vegan dish ideas are always a good idea if you have guests with certain dietary restrictions. If you are looking for some affordable dining implements and kitchen sets, Jubilee Gift Shop has a wide variety of platters, plates, bowls, and drinkware to give your event a more festive appeal.
Cocktails for Mardi Gras
Cocktails are a tradition at Mardi Gras. Whether you are looking for something for your crowd that is alcohol-free or a traditional favorite, here are some ideas:
- Milk Punch
- Strawberry Daiquiri
- Bourbon Hot Toddy
Our Mardi Gras drinkware will help entertain your guests with the cocktail of their choice.
Decorations and Outfits
Masks are a big tradition at Mardi Gras. In fact, New Orleans, during its Mardi Gras celebration, is the largest masked party in North America. These masks have a tradition of allowing the wearer to escape society and class constraints. In some Mardi Gras parades, masks are required to keep up with the mystery and tradition.
Decorations for Mardi Gras are also available from Jubilee Gift Shop. We carry floral, wreath and garden varieties. Additionally, we have a wide variety of ornaments available to make your Mardi Gras party goers feel as if they are a part of their own piece of Bourbon Street.
Craft Ideas for Mardi Gras
Jubilee Gift Shop also creates a wide variety of different appliques for your own crafts. You can use these for a wide variety of different purposes, such as banners, masks, and other things. Here are some ideas for making your own crafts with Mardi Gras appliques from Jubilee Gift Shop:
- DIY Mardi Gras face masks.
- Paper plate tambourines and other fun crafts.
- Paper jester hats to make the party more festive.
- Mardi Gras calming jars (mix the appliques in with glitter and colored sand).
- DIY Mardi Gras garlands.
- Mardi Gras craft hats.