Happy Mardi Gras my party people! My family is from Indiana, but I have an aunt and uncle that live in New Orleans and I’ve been down to Mardi Gras with them several times. And I’m pretty sure it’s in my top 3 holidays.
I love the energy and excitement around the holiday. And that’s what I wanted to portray with this party setup: energy and excitement.
So without further ado, here’s all the juicy deets…
All the Decor for Mardi Gras
I tried to keep this setup simple, and it’s simplicity is what makes it really great. The boa, beads, and masks all came from the dollar tree. The dollar tree.
I was excited to take the boa with me to New Orleans for Mardi Gras this year until my Roomba sucked it up the next morning. It’s fine I’m fine.
I’ve said this once but I’ll say it a million times. Actually I’ll shout it from the rooftops (I’m very passionate about this okay?) the very first place you should ever look for holiday party supplies is a dollar store. The. First. Place.
It’s cheap, it’s usually easily dressed up on a dessert table, and it turns out so cute every dang time.
The purple, green, and yellow backdrop are just tablecloths. I though about making them look more baggy and billowy on the wall, but preferred the straight look.
The cute polka dot garland on the backdrop I made myself from paper and yarn. I used a cricut to cut circles and punched two holes in each, and then I strung yarn through them. Viola! So cute!
P.S. The circles I punched to string yarn through, I used those for confetti on the table. It’s all about working with what you have!
The Drinks – A Mardi Gras Party Must Have
I chose to do two alcoholic drinks for this party setup: champagne and jello shots. Because trust me, jello shots are the perfect way to celebrate Mardi Gras (I’m not the expert, my cousins who go to Mardi Gras every year are, okay).
These jello shots are the C U T E S T and completely necessary at your next Mardi Gras party. This wasn’t an original thought, though. I borrowed the recipe from Raised on a Roux, a New Orleans-inspired blog!
All the details are in the link above. They were super simple to make. Just follow the directions for each of the 3 jello flavors, and space them out a little bit so the one under it can harden before you go pourin’ the next one on top!
And if that isn’t quite all you wanted to have at your party, you might enjoy a Mardi Gras themed mimosa bar! Check out my post on putting together the cutest mimosa bar here.
The non-King Cake
Okay guys, this is my F I R S T cake decorating adventure. I just got to the point where I was researching fondant and cake decorating SO MUCH that I just had to do something about it. So I made this cake!
It’s a three-layer cake, but you know, couldn’t jump right in on a boring cake! My cake layers weren’t as flat as I would have liked for them to be. However, I have researched ways to correct that already!
The different color layers of cake is just adding food coloring to the batter before baking. The fondant is store bought: hobby lobby, white, 50% off. Then I used gel food coloring to make purple, yellow, and green fondant for the details!
Biggest regret: not doing a pearl chain on the bottom and doing the strip of purple instead. I’m still working through the details on cake decorating, but my hope is for it to be a big contributor to my business one day!
I had a blast celebrating Mardi Gras with this cute, simple little setup and I hope you will too. Go ahead and chug an extra jello shot for me, okay?
As always, thanks for stopping by! I’d love to hear about any Mardi Gras party traditions you have in the comments section.
And if you’re interested in planning a super cool party but want some help with the decor, I got you! Reach out!