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!
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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