You don’t have to be in New Orleans to celebrate Mardi Gras in style.
The spirit of Mardi Gras, which is French for Fat Tuesday, the night before the start of the Lenten season, is channeled into celebrations focused on rich eating and revelry. Translation: the best party ever! You can easily transfer the festive feel to your own home with these Mardi Gras party ideas. First, get ready for this Southern tradition by planning a Mardi Gras menu filled with classic New Orleans recipes. Choose from traditional recipes like New Orleans Gumbo, red beans and rice, muffulettas, or sizzle up your own twist on favorite creole and cajun foods. For dessert, the traditional Mardi Gras King Cake is a must. Similar to coffee cake, this-ring shaped confection is as rich in tradition and history as it is in color and taste. It wouldn’t be a party without Mardi Gras cocktails, like New Orleans’ famous Hurricanes and Sazeracs. Cheers!