Mardi Gras in New Orleans can be a wild drunken spectacle. But it can also be a fun family friendly event, especially if you celebrate at home. Since we have a Friday Frivolity host theme I have some ideas for hosting your own kid friendly Mardi Gras party.
Beads, Masks and Hats
Mardi Gras wouldn’t be Mardi Gras without bead necklaces and masks. Purple, green and gold are the colors of the day.
Twizzler Mardi Gras Beads from No Time for Flash Cards
Noodle Necklace from Activity Village
Hand Shaped Mardi Gras Mask from New Orleans Moms
Paper Plate Masks from Activities for Kids
Paper Jester Hat from Mardi Gras Outlet
Mardi Gras Headpiece from Free Kids Crafts
The main activity of Mardi Gras is a parade. Queue up some music and parade around the house in your beads and masks.
One of our favorite albums is Putumayo Kids Presents: New Orleans Playground (affiliate link)
Or make your own parade floats with shoe boxes.
And here are some academic activities you could use:
You can’t have the party without food, and we have some fabulously delicious Cajun and Creole recipes on That Recipe.
Beignets are French donuts, and I have my great grandmother’s no-rise recipe.
Easy One Pot Dirty Rice is a weeknight fast rice and chicken dish. I leave out the chicken livers for my crew.
Authentic Red Beans and Rice takes most of the day to cook, but it is all hands off time. I have slow cooker and pressure cooker instructions as well as traditional stove top.
Cajun Gumbo is a traditional chicken and okra stew, and this version is ready in about an hour.
Shrimp Creole is loaded vegetables and ready in under 30 minutes.
Jambalaya is another fabulously fast and easy rice and “fill in the blank” dish. Traditionally it is made with pork sausage, but you can add in chicken and shrimp.
No Mardi Gras feast would be complete without a King Cake.This decadent version is filled with cream cheese.
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Amethyst from One Sage Mama!
Now time for the new stuff!