It’s a Carnival-themed House Party!Posted by in Decorating Tips | Entertaining Tips | Food & Wine | Home Decor
Whether you love Mardis Gras or simply enjoy colorful parties, Treetopia will show you how to plan a FUN-tastic Carnival party
You may have missed the festivities during this year’s Mardis Gras Parade but that doesn’t mean you have to wait another year to experience the glorious festive atmosphere that comes with it. Read on below for tips on how to organize your very own Mardis Gras, whether you’re planning for next year or you just want to host a carnival-themed party any time of the year.
Food, Glorious Food!
Mardis Gras is not the English translation of “Fat Tuesday” for nothing. Since this day of celebration is held before Lent and fasting begin, it’s only natural to gorge on glorious food. So if you really want a carnival-inspired celebration, it is a must for your party to be filled (if not overflowing) with food. You can start off with a simple appetizer like this scrumptious shrimp canapé recipe from Leslie Styles’ blog. Caryn Ross also shares a couple of easy-to-make Mardis Gras recipes on her blog, Cooking with Caryn. Follow it up with three or four types of main dish until your guests reach the delicious moon pie dessert or traditional king cake. You don’t have to worry because there’s always room for dessert.
moon pie photo by steevithak via flickr. CC BY-SA 2.0 (left) and king cake photo by syvwlch via flickr. CC BY 2.0 (right)
Fill Up those Cups
Top off your party with the perfect drink. Since you’re already aiming for a carnival celebration, serve up Sazerac to your guests. The recipe is fairly simple. All you need are the following ingredients, according to Jeffrey Morganthaler:
1 teaspoon simple syrup
3 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
1 dash Angostura bitters
2 oz rye whiskey
His blog also outlines The Dos and Donts of Sazeracs if you need more guidance.
Set the Mood with Festive Décor
As with any party, the venue itself should be able to get the guests in a partying mood. Decorate your home like the Mardis Gras Parade has appointed it as its official home base. Drape colorful cloths and sashes from your ceiling to your floors. Stick some fleur-de-lis designs on your walls or table runners and decorate some of the seats with colorful feather boas and confetti. Purchase masks to serve as wall decorations or centerpieces. You can even set up a separate table where your guests can design their own masks and take them home as souvenirs.
The most important thing to remember is to keep things light and fun for everyone. Don’t be afraid to experiment with your food and décor. After all, experimenting is half the fun.