You don’t need to go the New Orleans for a good time! Bring the fun of Mardi Gras to your Post-Prom with these authentic decorations for a Mardi Gras event theme. Add more flourish to your festivities with our party tips below!
Dressing up for a Mardi Gras Party is half the fun! Here are a few simple ideas:
- Make sure all the students have mardi gras masks. There are two basic styles, the first uses elastic to secure the mask to your head, and the second has a stick attached and you hold it up to your face.
- If a feathery mask is too ornate or expensive, select a simple “Batman” style mask.
- Have plenty of mardi gras toss beads for students to wear. The more the better! Use several styles – long, short, simple, ornate. The beads do not have to be real – simple “play” beads do the trick for Mardi Gras.
- You can also provide top hats, crowns, and tiaras for the students to wear.
- Stick with a purple, green, and gold color scheme. These are the standard colors for Mardi Gras.
- Use costume accessories for decorations. Place hats around the room, upside-down and filled with toss beads. Encourage the guests to put them on. Place other hats around the room with leis and masks.
- Create centerpieces using masks attached to sticks. Place them in a vase like flowers. Create “water” with colorful toss beads.
- Tack masks to the door. Don’t let students in until they don a mask! Hang a long strip down the center of the door and attach the masks down the strip.
- Hang Giant Mardi Gras Masks around the room or attach them to the wall.
- Fill the room with purple, green, and gold balloons.
- Use confetti everywhere. It may be time consuming to pick up the next day, but it creates a festive Mardi Gras mood.
- Hang shiny purple, green and gold metallic curtains in every doorway.
- Hang a giant unadorned mask on one wall. Let students do the decorating throughout the night. Place feathers, pieces of purple, green and gold paper, masks, beads, etc. in bowls around the mask. Also, have glue, tape, or a lo-temp glue gun available for the guests to attach items. By the end of the night your decoration will be completed!
Mardi Gras is all about the spirit of stepping outside the norm and enjoying the moment! To start, you’ll need plenty of wearables including masks, beads, garters and hats for all your students to get them in the spirit the moment they step into the room. These also make great favors!
- Masks are an easy and affordable way to dress up your guests and get them in the spirit. The masks can incorporate feathers, beads and sequins and are usually found in purple, green and gold combinations.
- Add an abundance of beads in all sorts of styles. Metallic, plastic, pearl, with or without dangling crowns, coins and crawfish.
- Hats can top off any guest in style. Select elegant top hats or playful jester hats in purple, green and gold.
- Garters can be placed on legs or arms depending on the mood. Combine three together to display the Mardi Gras colors.
For some fun Mardi Gras activities try some of these suggestions:
- During the peak of the party, crown a Mardi Gras King and Queen. The royal pair can be selected by popular vote, ability to eat crawfish in the most flamboyant fashion, by total dollars contributed to each candidate (later donated to charity) or by luck of the draw. You decide. Just make sure everyone has fun in the process and no feelings are hurt. Crown the king and queen with a festive crown and tiara. Add a robe, scepter and sash to complete the getup.
- Music, music and more music. There can never be enough and it can never be too loud. Select CDs before the evening begins. Select some jazz favorites, a Neville Brothers CD or two, and of course Mambo Number 5.
- Encourage guests to dance like no one is watching!
- Capture your Mardi Gras Post-Prom on film. Take plenty of pictures and provide guests with disposable cameras to catch the fun and excitement of the Mardi Gras Celebration.
Serve Cajun food to set the mood! Here are some suggestions:
- Keep a warm pot of Jambalaya ready to serve with steamed crawfish (if you are daring!).
- Po’ Boy sandwiches, gumbo, red beans and rice, shrimp beignets, Mardi Gras salad and etoufée are also New Orleans favorites.
- Be sure to start the food at a moderately “spicy” level and let students add the sauce to satisfy their individual tastes.
- Don’t forget the King’s Cake! The King’s Cake is a circular cake decorated in shades of purple, green and gold. Inside each king’s cake is a tiny baby. As tradition has it, whoever gets the piece of cake with the baby gets to host next year’s Mardi Gras party and prepare the cake. It’s also a sign of good luck!