Crafts, Activities and Foods for a Kid Friendly Mardi Gras (Friday Frivolity)

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.
Celebrate a Kid Friendly Mardi Gras at home with these fun Mardi Gras crafts, activities and Cajun and Creole Foods.

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 candy necklaces for parties

Twizzler Mardi Gras Beads from No Time for Flash Cards


Mardi Gras Necklace

Noodle Necklace from Activity Village

Hand Print Mask

Hand Shaped Mardi Gras Mask from New Orleans Moms


Paper plate Mardi Gras Masks for kids to make. Add colorful items that can be found at the Dollar Tree for a festive Mardi Gras craft for kids to make. Find more Mardi Gras crafts for kids at

Paper Plate Masks from Activities for Kids

jester hat pattern template mardi gras kids crafts free

Paper Jester Hat from Mardi Gras Outlet

Image of Mardi Gras Headpiece

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:

Mardi Gras - FREBBIE

Math and Literacy Activities for Pre-K and Kindergarten

Mardi Gras Mini Books K-3


You can’t have the party without food, and we have some fabulously delicious Cajun and Creole recipes on That Recipe.


Mardi Gras food

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.


Now on to the link-up! 😀
Friday Frivolity LINKY PARTY - the blog link-up for all things Fun, Funny, Happy, and Hopeful!


Featured Post from Last Week:

In a fun twist, since we now have multiple hosts and co-hosts we will also have multiple FEATURES…. but you will have to go check out the other blogs to see if you were featured there! 😉
Browned-Butter Pecan Rolls
 I need to order the cane syrup so I can make these delicious looking Browned Butter Pecan Rolls from The Bearded Hiker.

The Hosts:


Host, Audrey, Friday Frivolity
Audrey is a wonderfully eclectic blogger, who not only can cook up a storm over on That Recipe, but also writes at Munofore – “MUsings NOt FOod RElated.” Munofore touches on humor, parenting, crafting, holiday ideas, tutorials, and more! Check out the cute embroidered kitchen towels she made for charity.

FridayFrivolity host Sarah Eliza of Devastate Boredom

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Sarah Eliza is on a mission to Devastate Boredom by living life with laughter and intention! Her blog is your spot for Capsule Wardrobe how-to’s and inspiration, humor, encouragement, life-hacks, Read / DON’T Read book reviews, and more! Find out why she caved in and bought matching hangers for her Capsule Wardrobe.

Host, Lisa, Friday Frivolity
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Lisa is an awesomely hilarious and authentic writer who marches to her own drum on her blog Syncopated Mama, providing an “un-labelly spot” for all the happily off-beat folks out there who have been wishing to find kindred spirits. She shares her adventures building a natural home, teaching her adorbs daughter, establishing and refining positive communication skills, camping, creating, cooking, and so much more! Lisa has an adorable printable activity for the book Giraffes Can’t Dance.

FridayFrivolity host Jessica from Babi a Fi
Jessica is an amazingly funny and smart blogger from Wales who writes at Babi a Fi on a whole range of topics — from entertaining vintage nostalgia, to technology tutorials, to book reviews, to raising her adorable munchkin, and so much more! She shares some of the adorable things her daughter believes.
Guest Co-Hosts for February: 

Amethyst from One Sage Mama! 

Amethyst is a fantastically encouraging and thoughtful blogger, who shares new-mama adventures, self-care advice, book and product reviews and so much more over at One Sage Mama. Her most recent post, in honor of Multicultural Children’s Book Day, is a review of a heartwarming story entitled Yumi’s Extraordinary Collection.  

Patricia from Pretty Fly for a White Mom
Patricia is a marvelously honest and funny writer, who shares her warm and humorous reflections on life and motherhood over at Pretty Fly for A White Mom.  And ooooh yesss, she rewrites and performs music too!  Read her lovely post about her not so easy chair.
Could it be you?? #FridayFrivolity link-up looking for new cohosts!
Calling all bloggers looking for an upbeat and supportive group of pals to join in hosting the weekly #FridayFrivolity par-tay! We are hoping to add to our ranks of dedicated hosts and co-hosts, and would love for you to consider joining the fun! Co-Hosts are welcome on a temporary basis (usually a month), while Hosts make a more ongoing commitment. 🙂 Swing by here to express interest and ask any questions!


Now time for the new stuff!

This a link-up for all things funny, fun, encouraging, hopeful, and happy. That includes free printables, giveaways, and other fun stuff to make us SMILE and start the weekend off on the right foot. If you’re here in search of fun and uplifting reading materials, skip the rules and just start clickin’! Bloggy buddies, thanks for coming to par-tay! You are welcome to link up to 3 posts, and old posts are always welcome!
There are three rules only:

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  1. Just looking at those pecan rolls is making me HUNGRY! Happy Friday. 🙂

    1. I had drool on my keyboard last week when he shared it to the party. I adore pecan rolls.

  2. Okay, first, WOO-HOO for that Putamayo CD! You know we’re a little Putamayo-obsessed over here! Second, that Twizzlers necklace made me laugh, because Gv has this Strawberry Shortcake book that suggests making one out of just red Twizzlers, so of course she was THRILLED to have gotten several packs of them in her trick-or-treat bag this year…

    The holes didn’t exist.

    I mean, it was obvious that they were made to have holes, but I think only two cut sections were open enough for us to thread them.

    It was quite the disappointment. Maybe they were like that because they were “fun sized” and not really long ropes?


    😀 #FridayFrivolity

    1. Yeah for Putamayo!

      Another one of those odd cultural differences between East and West Coast, like Edy’s versus Dreyers and Sees versus Whitman, we prefer Red Vines to Twizzlers. We still have a pack someone gave J for Christmas, so I checked. Definitely holes. Want me to send them to you? ha ha!

  3. Thanks for featuring my pecan rolls!

    Y’all have got to try them. Ri. di. cu. lous.

    Great great link up!

  4. That twizzler necklace is such a smart find. I can’t wait until my little is big enough to do these things! 🙂


    1. I imagine it will be one sticky mess, but that is the best part of childhood, isn’t it?

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