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MARDI GRAS PARTY IDEAS

Colours – purple green and white

From a red hatter: Our chapter had a Mardi Gras party at my home last year. One of the things we did was a word scramble. I scramble words that had to do with Mardi Gras and gave the group 7 minutes to figure them out.We danced to Mardi Gras music. I baked a King Cake with a small plastic baby in it, the lady that found the baby in her piece of cake has to make it for this year's party. Each guest recevied a string of purple, green and gold beads as a favor. We enjoyed Mardi Gras style
food(with a little less spice). I took a copy of the Right /Left game and changed the words to fit the ocasssion and the winners got more beads and small candles in the appropriate colors for the event. Everyone one wore Mardi Gras mask and we had a great time.

Each King Cake comes with a plastic baby. At a party, the King Cake is sliced and served. Each person checks their piece to see if it contains the "baby." The person who gets the baby becomes "King"; for a day, and bound by custom to host the next party and provide the King Cake!

During Mardi Gras, almost everyone dresses in costume- maybe as a Mardi Gras Queen? (Have a mask making party first! - perhaps a contest for the best or most outrageous mask?)

A three layer cake-either white cake with each layer dyed purple, gold, or green with white icing and sprinkles on top OR white cake with alternating colored icing between layers. (Green and yellow inside and purple icing covering the outside or vice versa)

Goodies can be placed in clear cellophane and tied off with purple, gold, & green curly ribbons.

Purple, gold, & green is the color scheme, so get decked out with balloons, streamers, and confetti!

For a more formal party, make centerpieces from beads, doubloons, and feather masks

Make street signs from famous French Quarter locations such as Bourbon Street and Jackson Square to hang throughout the house.

Over the bar or drink station, hang a Pat O’Brien’s Sign

Costume contest

Trivia contest-Ask questions pertaining to New Orleans, Mardi Gras, and Louisiana. Questions can be based on history, geography, or tradition! (SEE BELOW FOR IDEAS)

Games:

Pin the hat on the Queen

BALL

(bal masque, tableau ball)

A masked ball in which scenes representing a specific theme are enacted for the entertainment of the club members and their guests; krewe "royalty" is traditionally presented during the ball.


BOUEF GRAS

(French)

The fatted bull or ox, the ancient symbol of the last meat eaten before the Lenten season of fasting; a live version was presented in the Rex parade until 1909; a papier mache' version appeared in 1959 and continues as one of Carnival's most recognizable symbols.


CAPTAIN

The absolute leader of each Carnival organization.


CARNIVAL

From the Latin carnivale, loosely translated as "farewell to flesh"; the season of merriment in New Orleans which begins annually on January 6, the Twelfth Night (the feast of the Epiphany), and ends at midnight on Fat Tuesday; the Carnival season leads up to the penitential season of Lent in which fasting replaces feasting.


COURT

The King, Queen, maids, and dukes of a Carnival organization.


DEN

A large warehouse where floats are built and stored.


DOUBLOONS

Aluminum coin-like objects bearing the krewe's insignia on one side and the parade's theme on the reverse; first introduced by Rex in 1960 and created by New Orleans artist H. Alvin Sharpe; doubloons are also minted and sold in .999 silver, bronze and cloisonne'.


FAT TUESDAY

Fat Tuesday is also known as Shrove Tuesday, the last day before Lent: it is a day of merry-making and carnival, as in New Orleans, often marking the climax of a carnival period.


FAVOR

A souvenir, given by krewe members to friends attending the ball, normally bearing the organization's insignia, name and year of issue.


FLAMBEAUX

(plural)

Naphtha-fueled torches, traditionally carried by white-robed black men; in the past century, flambeaux provided the only source of nighttime parade illumination.


INVITATION

A printed request for attendance at a Carnival ball; in the 19th century, many invitations were die-cut and printed in Paris; today, most are printed in New Orleans; invitations are non-transferable and it is improper to ever refer to them as "tickets."


KING CAKE

An oval, sugared pastry that contains a plastic doll hidden inside; the person who finds the doll is crowned "king" and buys the next cake or throws the next party; the king cake season opens on King's Day, January 6, the feast of the Epiphany. Nearly 500,000 king cakes are annually consumed in the metro New Orleans area during the Carnival season.


KREWE

The generic term for all Carnival organizations in New Orleans, first used by the Mistick Krewe of Comus which coined the word in 1857 to give its club's name an Old English flavor.


MARDI GRAS

French for Fat Tuesday, the single-day culmination of the Carnival season.


MARDI GRAS INDIANS

Groups of black men in New Orleans who portray American Indians and are magnificently outfitted with handmade beaded and feathered costumes; this Carnival custom dates to the mid-19th century among the more renowned tribes are the Wild Tchopitoulas, the Yellow Pocahontas and the Wild Magnolia.


THROWS

Inexpensive trinkets tossed from floats by costumed and masked krewe members; among the more popular items are krewe-emblemed aluminum doubloons, plastic cups and plastic medallion necklaces.

 

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