With Fat Tuesday behind us, the Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans has come to a close. If you weren’t able to make it to the carnival or parades, fear not. Here are our picks for best Mardi Gras-inspired party theme ideas you can throw this weekend.

 

If you’ve heard of it, but you’re still wondering, “What is Mardi Gras?” or the origins behind the celebration, in its simplest terms a celebration before the fasting season of Lent. The day called, “Fat Tuesday” is the day before Ash Wednesday – or the beginning of Lent. It’s celebrated in many cultures around the world, and most popularly in the United States with the New Orleans Carnival and Parades. The history of the celebration dates back to the medieval period, through to the 17th and 18th Centuries to the French House of Bourbon.

 

The key to all Mardi Gras-themed parties is the authenticity and honoring its heritage. The tradition and celebration features beautiful colors, tastes (especially the King Cake), and libations. Most popular of course are the “throws,” or beads, and masks. So when we were searching for ideas for a Mardi Gras party for ourselves, we stumbled upon a treasure trove, a one-stop shop for all things Mardi Gras party-related:

 

http://www.punchbowl.com/party-ideas/mardi-gras

 

So we ask you, will you be throwing a Mardi Gras-inspired party? Do you have any party theme ideas to share?

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