Mardi Gras Party Ideas
|Ideas for a Mardi Gras theme birthday
party. Lots of different ideas for invitations,
decorations, party games, activities, food, favors and much
Write the information on the back of masks and ask guests
to wear them to the party.
Attach a small colorful invitation to Mardi Gras beads and send
Glue feathers and glitter to blank colorful cards.
Ask guests to dress in costume and give a prize for the most
Great colors are combinations of deep purple,
blue, gold, green and touches of black. Outside the venue
hang Mardi Gras beads from the branches of trees and bushes. Place
a sign in the front yard that says "Welcome to New Orleans!" .
Cover the front door with Mardi Gras themed wrapping paper or a large
banner. Make or buy colorful pinwheels and stick them in the
ground about 2 feet apart along the walkway. Place a
green or purple carpet that is long and thin leading up to the doorway
and decorate the outside of the door to look like a giant
gold Mardi Gras mask. Hang stings of beads from the entrance
that the guests will have to walk through to get into the party.
Decorate the kids party table in bright festive
Mardi Gras beads can also be used to wrap around napkins
for a napkin ring.
Lay lots of Mardi Gras bead on the party table, hanging over candelabras
and around the party area.
Mardi Gras is over the top so use large
masks on the wall and anything gold and glittery.
lots of glow in the dark necklaces, glow sticks and bracelets for the
kids to wear.
Decorate the bowls and dishes you use to serve food
with the glow in the dark necklaces by placing them around the bowls.
Give guests 3 strings of Mardi Gras beads when they enter the party.
The beads need to be all the same color for every guest ... different
then what you have decorated the party room with to avoid cheating.
Choose three words that the guests are not allowed to say during the
party and write them on a poster or white board where everyone can see
them. When you give the guests their beads tell them that for the
whole party they are not allowed to use those three words.
Some good words to choose are the birthday child's name, beads, fun,
etc. If a guest is caught saying one of the 3 words then the
person who caught them gets to take one of their strands of beads from
them. Play for the whole party and at the end of the party the
guest with the most beads wins a prize.
The making of a Parade
Give birthday guests each an empty shoebox and let them decorate it to
look like a Mardi Gras float. Set out paints, foil, feathers,
beads, etc. for them to decorate their boxes with and then give a prize
for the most creative. (These can also be used as Goody / Loot
bags to hold their party favors at the end of the party.)
Transform the birthday guests with face paint. Set up a station
and have an adult paint the kids faces to look like animals or simply
paint on fleur de lies' or stars.
Mardi Gras Glam
Set out lots of fun things that the kids can get dressed up such as colorful plastic fedora hats, feather boas, big
sunglasses, king and queen crowns, wigs, masks, joker hats, beads, etc.
Mardi Gras Party Games
Carnival Style Games
Make the Mardi Gras party extra special with some carnival style games.
We have some great
carnival games listed that are easy to
put together and fun for all ages. Have an adult dress up character and make balloon animals as they wait in line for
Mardi Gras Piñata
Make the piñata extra fun by adding a small plastic baby to the prizes
inside the piñata. Whoever finds the baby gets an extra prize!
Mardi Gras Treasure
Before the party buy and hide lots of gold coins around the party area
or outside if the weather permits. Have guests search to
find as many gold coins as they can. Let them turn them in for
prizes after the hunt. If the party will be held at night a fun
game is to do the Treasure Hunt with flashlights. (You can also
hide a few small plastic babies that can be turned in for special
Mardi Gras Limbo
Turn on fast music and have two people hold a long string of Mardi Gras
beads for the kids to limbo under. When a player is out have them
take the place of one of the people holding the beads so everyone gets
Sleepover games - Sleepover / Slumber party
Party Games for all ages -
Birthday Party Games
Party games for tweens -
Birthday games for ages 10, 11, 12
Party Food Ideas
Large sugar cookies (let guests decorate them with purple, gold and
Fruit trays or fruit skewers
Cheese and crackers
Chocolate fountain - strawberries, marshmallows, pretzels, etc. for
Mardi Gras Party Favor Ideas
Mardi Gras Beads
Small bottles of
Bubbles in solid colors of purple, gold and green
Chocolate foil covered coins
Purple, gold and green nail polish
Goody / Loot Bag Ideas
Colorful bags or Chinese containers