50th Birthday Party Ideas – Mardi Gras Party Theme
If you are looking for fun 50th birthday party ideas, throwing a Mardi Gras party can be a great time. If the 50 year old you are having the party for is fun-loving, one of the best 50th birthday party ideas is to have a Mardi Gras themed event. Here are ideas and details on how to throw a Mardi Gras Birthday Party.
Nothing is more exciting than getting a package of sweets through the mail. Make a large batch of pecan pralines, print out a recipe card and add the invitation information on the back of it. Send the tasty treats to your guests and you are sure to get a good turnout.
Buy or make your own Mardi Gras masks with colored card stock, sequins, feathers and elastic string. Attach the party information on the back of the mask with instructions to show up in costume!
Buy Mardi Gras beads in bulk and send two or three strands to each guest with an index card attached with the party information written on it. This will be a setup for a party game later!
Print out pictures of Bourbon Street or a Mardi Gras parade on card stock. Include party information on the back.
Mardi gras beads are extremely versatile. Not only can they be worn as part of a festive costume, but you can use them to decorate. Hang the beads from anywhere possible, from ceiling fans, tables, and your guest’s necks!
Don’t forget, the official Mardi Gras colors are purple, green and gold. Purple represents justice, green represents faith, and gold represents power. Incorporate these colors anywhere possible from plates, napkins, tablecloth, and silverware. Buy inexpensive feather boas and string them on the wall. Find realistic or chocolate doubloons and sprinkle them throughout the party area.
Try to find New Orleans street signs. You can make them by finding images online, and printing them out. If you want larger decorations, take the images to a printer and make poster sized images of jazz musicians, the infamous balconies of New Orleans, or a large Mardi Gras parade scene.
A striking welcome to your guests will be recreating your own version of a Mardi Gras parade float at the entrance of the party. Be sure to check the weather if you plan to put the float outside.
If you’ve ever been to New Orleans during Mardi Gras you know the ultimate fare for the local is the crawfish. Get a large pot and have your own crawfish or shrimp boil. Add potatoes, corn, and andouille sausage. Go traditional New Orleans by dumping out your boil on a large picnic table, seat your guests around the table and get to eating.
You can’t go wrong with a large family style bowls of spicy Cajun style red beans and rice, Jambalaya, and Gumbo.
Serve up Hurricanes in at least 24oz glasses or traditional “yard” glasses, typically 17 inches tall and 25oz. Add festivity by using light up straw, ice cubes, and glasses.
No Mardi Gras party is complete without festive games. Organize a southern cook-off. The best tasting meal will win a prize and it helps to feed your guests.
With all of the crawfish from the boil, sit your guests down for a timed eating contest. Shucking off bodies and sucking heads included.
Mardi Gras instills a desire to dress in flamboyant costume. Organize a pageant when your guests arrive. And later in the night crown the king and queen.
Have your guests don five strands of beads each. The object of the game is to end up with all of the beads by whatever means. Make deals with each other, con people out of theirs, however you can get the most beads at the end of the night, award the winner the prize.
Enjoy your night with some Dixieland Jazz playing in the background.
A Mardi Gras party is not complete with the traditional King Cake. Originally, wealthy plantation owners would hide precious jewels inside the cake. In the mid-1900’s, tradition became to hide a small plastic baby as a symbol of the Holy Day, inside the cake. Each guest will take a piece of the cake and whoever finds the baby becomes the king or queen for the night and is commandeered to host next year’s party.
Make strings of colorful beads by baking small cupcakes 24 at a time, decorating them with colorful icing and placing them on the platter in formation of a string of beads.
Try carving the shape of a mask out of a rectangular cake and use edible decorations to create a festive masterpiece.