Celebrate Mardi Gras

Be ready for Mardi Gras with these great ideas.
Make easy tissue poms and put them in glasses to decorate your tablescape.

Aren’t these cookies amazing!  Sweetopia shares their tutorial for these gorgeous Mardi Gras mask cookies here.

Don’t pass up these FREE downloadable printables from The TomKat Studio!  These will definitely add a special touch to your Mardi Gras celebration!
More ideas…

Mardi Gras Mini King Cakes

For my Mardi Gras Bunco that I hosted, I made quick and easy Mini King Cakes.

Here is the quick semi-homemade recipe.

Mardi Gras Mini King Cakes:

(makes 16 cakes)

3 cinnamon roll packages

1 4 oz. Cream cheese, softened

your choice of pie filling

colored sugar or sprinkles

1.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Grease two muffin tins (I used a 12-muffin tin and a 6-muffin tin pan.)

2.  Fill 16 muffin spots with a cinnamon roll (2 cinnamon roll packages).  Save the third package for later.

3.  Make a hole in the middle of the cinnamon roll and add your choice of 1 spoonful of pie filling.  (I used cherry and lemon.)

4.  Open your third cinnamon roll package and cut each cinnamon roll in half.  Cover each cinnamon roll in the muffin pan with a half of roll you cut and squeeze sides together.

5.  Now bake your cinnamon rolls in the oven at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes.

6.  While rolls are baking, make your icing.  Simply mix the icing from the cinnamon rolls with the cream cheese.

7.  When rolls are finished cooking, let them cool for 3-5 minutes.  Spread icing mixture on each cinnamon roll.

8.  Sprinkle each cake with purple, yellow and green sugar or sprinkles.

Note:  To keep with the tradition of putting a small plastic baby in the king’s cake, you can hide a plastic baby in one of the cakes and see which guest gets it.

Mardi Gras Bunco

Last week I held a Mardi Gras themed bunco party at my house.  My first thought was to use some great designs that I had seen on Hostess for the Mostess.  I used the free printables for score cards, table signs and food labels.  They fit the party theme perfectly!

I had a vase with Mardi Gras colored flowers and used beads and a mask to decorate it.  I also had roses left over from Valentine’s Day that I also used.

I hung bright colored paper masks that I made around as decor.

For the food, I had a Muffaletta bar so everyone could make their own tasty New Orleans style sandwich.

I also served some other New Orleans style food like spicy shrimp dip, red beans & rice and sausage medallions.

Of course, we had to have Hurricanes to drink.  I used Sandra Lee’s recipe for this and it definitely was a strong drink!

A traditional Mardi Gras dessert is the King Cake.  Instead of doing a big King’s Cake, I did individual Mini King’s Cakes.

Guests came in beautiful masks, a lot of colorful beads and everyone had a night of fun!

“Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler”

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