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:
Math and Literacy Activities for Pre-K and Kindergarten
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.Can't travel to NOLA to celebrate #MardiGras? Celebrate at home with your kids with these crafts and recipes.
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Jamie @ Medium Sized Family says
Just looking at those pecan rolls is making me HUNGRY! Happy Friday. 🙂
Audrey Humaciu says
I had drool on my keyboard last week when he shared it to the party. I adore pecan rolls.
Lisa/Syncopated Mama says
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?
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!
The Bearded Hiker says
Thanks for featuring my pecan rolls!
Y'all have got to try them. Ri. di. cu. lous.
Great great link up!
Amethyst | One Sage Mama says
That twizzler necklace is such a smart find. I can't wait until my little is big enough to do these things! 🙂
Audrey Humaciu says
I imagine it will be one sticky mess, but that is the best part of childhood, isn't it?