18 Mardi Gras Party Ideas That Bring Bourbon Street To You, No Matter Where You're Celebrating

It may seem impossible to fathom since most of you are buried in snow — but Mardi Gras will still be celebrated in New Orleans and beyond this year. Women will still earn their beads, sinfully delicious food will be served, and parties will be thrown. Speaking of which, if you're looking for a really good excuse to beat the winter blues, throw a Mardi Gras party yourself. The decor, the colors, and the revelry is just what the doctor ordered!

Circle Beads

First things first: You don’t have to show off what your momma gave you to get these beads, but no Mardi Gras party would be complete without them. And you can do some pretty cool DIYs with them after the party is over.

Round Metallic Purple Gold and Green Mardi Gras Beads- 6 Dozen, $15.99, amazon.com

Wine Bottle Lamp

The stained glass look and Fleur De Lis make this lamp a perfect addition to a side table or entry way.

Mardi Gras Fleur De Lis Wine Bottle Lamp, $32.50, etsy.com

Burlap Banner

If the bright and gaudy look of most Mardi Gras decorations isn’t your thing, you may like this rustic, burlap banner instead.

Burlap Mardi Gras Bunting Banner, $23, etsy.com

Sparkly Shot Glasses

Whether you’re serving jello, bourbon, rum shots, or cocktails, these sparkly glasses are a must-have. And they make a great party favor!

Purple Sparkle Shot Glasses Set of 24, $9.40, etsy.com

Feather Masks

Aside from beads, masks are a must-have for any Mardi Gras party. These feather ones are awesome, and easy to take off and on.

Feather Mask Set of 12, $15.99, amazon.com

Mardi Gras Coins

They aren’t genuine doubloons, but they make for easy table accents.

Mardi Gras Plastic Coins 100 Per Bag, $7.99, amazon.com

Spiral Decor Trees

The best thing about these spiral trees — aside from the fact that they’re pretty unique — is that they could easily be used for other holiday decor, as well.

Mardi Gras Tree Set, $30, etsy.com

Circle Bunting

Again, another subtle bunting choice — for all those well intentioned people trying to have “classy” Mardi Gras parties.

Mardi Gras Bunting, $20, etsy.com

Mardi Gras Confetti

Whether you’re throwing this during your own personal parade or using it to spruce up your coffee table during the party, just make sure not to get any in your well-deserved drink.

Mardi Gras Confetti, $4.25, etsy.com

Metallic Masks

Cheap, easy masks so all your guests can get in on the Mardi Gras action.

Metallic Half-Masks Set of 24, $5.60, amazon.com

Bourbon Street Napkins

You might not be able to be on Bourbon Street itself, but your napkins can at least pay tribute.

Mardi Gras Napkins Package of 18, $5.58, amazon.com

Photo Props

Get your Instagram on, girl.

Mardi Gras Photo Props Set of 18, $35, etsy.com

Tri-Color Plastic Cups

Mardi Gras is a party holiday, so you’re going to want the cups to be plastic — easy clean up and no broken glass.

Mardi Gras Plastic Cups Set of 50, $15.57, amazon.com

Stunner Shades

If masks feel a little old fashioned to you, you could always go with some Mardi Gras stunner shades — get ones in yellow, green, and purple!

Sunglasses Set of 12, $5.08, amazon.com

Swirl Beads

The circle beads seem to be the standard, so add these into the mix for a little diversity.

Swirl Beads Set of 12, $7.59, amazon.com

Wine Charms

These wine charms are so… charming (sorry not sorry).

Mardi Gras Wine Charms Set of 6, $12, etsy.com


I know it’s a bit, um, loud, but it’s Mardi Gras, you know? Live it, love it, get it.

Mardi Gras Ornament Wreath, $75, etsy.com


These plates are the perfect size for snacks and Mardi Gras treats.

Mardi Gras Magic Dessert Plates Set of 8, $3.69, amazon.com