Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Mardi Gras Party: Part 1

Mardi Gras is just around the corner so I thought it was fitting to do a post on this party of all parties. 

Is Mardi Gras just another excuse to throw party? OK, so maybe it is. But the history of Mardi Gras has some religious ties...

According to Wikipedia:

The terms "Mardi Gras" "Mardi Gras season", and "Carnival season", in English, refer to events of the Carnival celebrations, beginning on or after Epiphany and ending on the day before Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras is French for "Fat Tuesday" (in ethnic English tradition, Shrove Tuesday), referring to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season, which started on Ash Wednesday.

So in a nutshell, Mardi Gras is an all out binge-fest before you give it all up! In that case ... Let the binge begin!

This year, Mardi Gras is on March 8th. Here are a few tips from around the web to help you plan your Mardi Gras event:

You can't very well throw a party without inviting all your friends. To save a few bucks on printing, check out pingg for some fantastic invitations. 

 via pingg

Mardi Gras isn't much fun without a super cool feathery mask! Since I am a DIY-er, I found a pretty easy tutorial from The Flirty Blog on how to make mask.

She took this butterfly mask ... 

adorned it with feathers and ended up with this
super cute, right? 

If you are not a DIY-er and simply want to buy a mask, Etsy is your place for envy-worthy masks. You would certainly be the hit of the party with a mask like this

or maybe some else from of the shop of La Plume de Ville.

And, if you need a last minute mask ... how about printing one? I found this fancy printable mask

Stay tuned for Mardi Gras: Part 2 ~ all about the food! 


Kristina P. said...

I once made a King Cake. It was awesome!

Trudy Davis said...

Did you know anything about the New Orleans wearable art masks? The Mask artists are here in the French Quarter HI I'm one of them.