by Rose Smith
As we round the corner of the calendar year since the pandemic changed, um, so much, some of our last iconic cultural celebrations are now being reframed to accommodate safe practices and health advisories. Mardi Gras is one of the last celebrations that was not impacted by the pandemic last year, as it occurs in mid-February. This year, there are no parades. Despite a quieter Mardi Gras this year, celebrating safely at home is still a great option. With just a little planning, you can have a fab Mardi Gras celebration, complete with the colors, the beads, and, of course, the cake, no matter where you are.
1) Decorate with Mardi Gras Colors
The vibrant colors of Mardi Gras are one of the most memorable elements of Mardi Gras tradition. Purple, green and gold combine to create a festive atmosphere that most definitely says “Mardi Gras!” Even if your party this year is small, go the distance with your personalized party supplies in Mardi Gras colors. Custom cocktail napkins that say "Beads Y'all!" and full-color matches are both great ways to infuse your party décor with festive and oh-so-personalized details.
Mardi Gras History: Rex, the King of Carnival, selected the Mardi Gras colors in 1892. He chose purple for justice, green for faith, and gold for power.
2) Mardi Gras Masks and Beads
No Mardi Gras party is complete without masks and beads! No parades this year means that you’ll have to come by your beads in a more traditional way. Big box party supply companies carry beads in bulk, and you can also find them by shopping small on
Etsy! Getting dressed up for the occasion, no matter how small, will make your Mardi Gras party feel special.
3) Mardi Gras King Cake
King Cake is THE quintessential Mardi Gras food, right?! No matter where you are in the country, there are bakeries that can provide you with an authentic King Cake. Feeling confident in the kitchen? Why not bake your own? If you MUST have a King Cake from New Orleans, get your order in with Gambino’s Bakery, stat!
Mardi Gras is one of our last big celebrations that has not yet been impacted by the pandemic. Let’s embrace the elements of Mardi Gras season that we can this year, and most of all, look forward to celebrating extra big next year!