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Posted in Family and Friends | February 2013

Make some Mardi Gras Magic!

Mardi Gras
Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday, Pancake Tuesday—whatever you call it, it’s a great day to celebrate a little colorful fun with friends and family!

Mardi Gras, which is French for “Fat Tuesday”, refers to the tradition of eating richer, fatty foods on the last night before the start of the fasting season of Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday. The Mardi Gras or “carnival” season starts on Epiphany and culminates in a big, delicious celebration on that very last night.1

It has its roots in the Christian tradition, but of course anyone can join in the Mardi Gras fun with a fabulous Fat Tuesday party with friends and family. It might be as simple as making a huge batch of pancakes (who doesn’t like breakfast for dinner?), or you could go all out with the following fabulous party ideas:

  • Decorate with green, gold and purple, which are the traditional colors of Mardi Gras.
  • Since New Orleans is known for its Mardi Gras festivities, you might want to consider playing some Dixieland jazz music to set the mood.
  • Buy some inexpensive beaded necklaces at the dollar store and make sure every guest is bedecked in a number of colorful strands of Mardi Gras beads.
  • Give each guest a traditional feathered Mardi Gras mask accented in green, gold and purple. Costume balls are common during carnival season, so if you want to go beyond simple masks at your gathering, encourage your guests to do a little research and come dressed in full costume. Jesters are a popular choice, but even adding a feather boa or wild-colored wig to regular clothes will make a festive statement!
  • Serve a traditional King Cake for desert! This delicious sweet bread is decorated with purple, green and gold sugar sprinkled over a sweet glaze. A plastic baby is tucked into the cake after baking, and tradition dictates that whoever finds the baby must provide the King Cake next year! 2
  • Serve traditional New Orleans food like seafood gumbo, jambalaya and red beans and rice. Visit Allrecipes.com for more great Mardi Gras menu ideas and fabulous recipes.

However you decide to celebrate, be it simple pancakes and maple syrup with your family or a big Mardi Gras bash with family and friends, enjoy the traditional festive fun of this wonderful mid-winter celebration.

SOURCES

1 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mardi_Gras

 

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