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Throw a Mardi Gras Holiday Party | Mardi Gras Supplies

Get Into the Mardi Gras Spirit for Your Holiday Festivities

It often seems that everyone's family and friends are throwing their own holiday party. Why not jazz your boring holiday party up with a special theme? At the end of the year, themed holiday parties can give everyone the opportunity to have a fun get together without feeling repetitive, and there are few themes as fun as a Mardi Gras party.

Provide Your Guests With Masks

Some affordable Mardi Gras masks are an excellent way to add to the theme of your party. Start by handing out masks at the door, and incorporate them into a secret Santa activity. You can purchase some small tokens that guests can gift, or ask everyone to bring a silly gift and turn it into a white elephant secret Santa, in which gift givers try to avoid a specific undesirable object.

Incorporating Mardi Gras trinkets into your gift exchange provides some fun and entertainment while still incorporating the holidays.

Make Some Mardi Gras Cocktails

November and December are the months for cider, mulled wine, and other holiday-spirit drinks. But you can change it up by making some Mardi Gras-inspired cocktails, which will be perfect for both the theme and the general holiday festivities.

Look for punches and other similar recipes that can be mixed up in large batches and served to large volumes of guests. You could even consider letting guests customize their own drinks with a festive fruit and juice bar as well.

Get the Decor Just Right

Why not incorporate Mardi Gras into your holiday tree? Gather up all of the yellow and purple Mardi Gras beads, streamers, and other trinkets to use as ornaments for your evergreen.

If you don't want a holiday tree, you can simply place brightly colored streamers and beads throughout your home or the venue. As long as you capture the spirit, anything can be Mardi Gras. Paper streamers are especially effective at making an area festive, and they are both affordable and easy to put up.

Make a Mardi Gras Play List

Music is what really defines a Mardi Gras party, so before the party starts, you can create a Mardi Gras playlist. And since it’s also the holidays, don’t forget to add some upbeat holiday songs in there as well. For some extra fun, you can set up a laptop somewhere in your party area so that guests can flip through the songs in the playlist and queue up their favorites, or you could hire a DJ to take requests.

Take Some Fun Pictures

As your guests come in and don their Mardi Gras masks, don't forget to take some pictures of them in their costume and beads. Many smartphones can also insert filters, such as Mardi Gras frames, so you can appropriately capture the spirit of your party. Share the pictures on social media with those who couldn't attend — and maybe they'll get some ideas for their own holiday parties.

Don't Forget the Grab Bags

As your guests are leaving, don't forget to give them some bags to remember the night by. You can let them take home their masks and give them bags full of beads or other Mardi Gras trinkets. Not only can they use these in celebration of the actual Mardi Gras, but they can also keep them as memorabilia. Some brightly colored, wrapped candies are another great way to end a fantastic night.

Of course, it doesn't have to be the holidays or Mardi Gras to enjoy a fun, Mardi Gras party. Use the ideas above, as well as the tips from our previous post, to create Mardi Gras any day of the year — and bring your family and friends together for a fun and worry-free night.

Don't forget to check the comprehensive inventory at Mardi Gras Supplies for all of your Mardi Gras party supplies.

Ideas for Your Mardi Gras Float | Mardi Gras Supplies

5 Prize-winning Ideas for Your Mardi Gras Float

Mardi Gras parade float

Planning to participate in a parade for Mardi Gras this February? Make sure that you have what you need to pull off a prize-winning float, display or theme in tribute of Fat Tuesday. Buy Mardi Gras Beads, decorations and accents to help bring an authentic flavor to your float and earn well-deserved recognition. Here are five prize-winning ideas for your Mardi Gras float.

1. Throw a Lot of Goodies to the Crowd

When it comes to a parade, it's all about the throws. Keep the float simple and invest resources in throws like beads, doubloons, cups and stuffed toys for the crowd as you pass. The tossing of throws to the spectators and revelers began back in 1870, and it is something that both young and old spectators look forward to.

2. Honor the Doubloon

Another symbol of Mardi Gras is the much-coveted doubloon. The doubloon began as an undated coin issued to honor the event and provide a memento to celebrants. In the mid-20th century, the doubloon gained a newfound fame as a sought-after Mardi Gras parade throw. Buy doubloons to distribute to everyone you see throughout the parade circuit.

3. Integrate the Mardi Gras Color Palette

Make sure to integrate the traditional Mardi Gras color palette into your float design. Use ornate gold, deep purple and vibrant green to pay homage to the holiday. The Mardi Gras colors were established in 1872 and have an underlying meaning for the holiday. Purple signifies justice, green represents faith, and gold symbolizes power.

4. Incorporate Mysterious Masks

Mardi Gras is also associated with mysterious masquerade balls and the Italian concept of Carnivale, so create a float that displays theater masks in some way. There is something inherently creepy about some of these masks, so use them to evoke a haunted, old New Orleans vibe. Take advantage of this with ghoulish characters, ghostly decorations, and a scary scenario for your holiday float.

5. Do Something With a Dragon

Mardi Gras wouldn't be the same without the dragon. Typically, a dragon makes an appearance at all parades and celebrations during this time of year and it is a familiar symbol of the season for natives. Enlist a couple staffers, friends or associates to wear the long, traditional dragon costume and walk next to your float during the parade procession.

Incorporate as many authentic and symbolic elements of Mardi Gras as you can into your display, which will ring true and make sense to observers and spectators of all ages. You can also use these traditional features of Mardi Gras in a new or unique way to meld traditional and contemporary in a prize-winning float!

Other tips to stand out include:

  • Don't skimp on the beads; buy in bulk and be generous to spectators and guests.
  • Use fringed table skirts to cover your float's base or trailer. Consider the weather conditions before buying your skirts to ensure that they hold up during the parade.
  • Let others know about your float ahead of time via social media.
  • Use your float as a marketing opportunity for your business with banners, signage and promotional products to distribute to parade-watchers.

Participating in local parades and holiday events is something that friends, colleagues and your community need to know about. Share information about the event and your float with your patrons and customers in the weeks leading up to Mardi Gras.

Make sure that everyone knows what your float is trying to convey with lots of Mardi Gras Beads, decorations and costumes. Share the festivity and celebration of this holiday by encouraging your family, team or staff to participate in a parade this Mardi Gras.

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Item ID / Price
Item
Quantity Per case
Carnival Association
Item ID / Price
EF292
$37.50
48” 7mm Faceted Beads in PGG
40 dz
M3308
$46.75
EF293
$42.50
33” Twisted Purple, Green, and Gold
60 dz
M1303
$49.00
EUROMIX17
$41.00
48” Beads (7.5mm to 16mm Assortment)
20 dz
M6008
$46.95
EF252
$37.50
48” Beads 14mm PGG
10 dz
M3014
$41.00
EF259
$40.00
48” Beads 18mm PGG
6 dz
M3018
$44.00
EF85
$32.50
33” 7mm Assorted Colors
60 dz
M1107
$35.95
EF235
$30.00
40” 10mm Assorted Colors
20 dz
M2010
$34.75
EF245
$38.00
48” 12mm PGG Colors
16 dz
M3012
$42.50
EF294
$39.00
48” 16mm Assorted Colors
8 dz
M3016
$43.75
EF840
$39.50
72” 18mm Assorted Colors
4 dz
M5018
$44.25
TBL244
$86.40
22oz. Plastic Mardi Gras Cups
500 pc
$146.00
STOY27
$40.00
7” Swirl Foam Football 
30 pc
$45.00
EUROMIX1
$26.00
Stuffed Animals
24 pc
$27.00
S110
$13.00
7” Rocket Balls
12 pc
$16.00

 

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Ten Case Bead Package

Item Dozen / Case Cases Total
42 inch - 6 styles of beads 20 5 100 Dz
48 inch 8mm - Turquoise 25 2 50 Dz
48 inch 8mm - Silver 25 2 50 Dz
48 inch 10mm - Purple, Green & Gold 10 1 10 Dz
Total: 10 210 Dz
Ten case bead package
Your Association
$300.00

Fifteen Case Bead Package

Item Dozen / Case Cases Total
42 inch - 6 styles of beads 20 5 100 Dz
48 inch 8mm - Turquoise 25 3 75 Dz
48 inch 8mm - Silver 25 3 75 Dz
60 inch 12mm - Turquoise 10 1 10 Dz
60 inch 12mm - Silver 10 1 10 Dz
48 inch 10mm - Purple, Green & Gold 10 2 20 Dz
Total: 15 290 Dz
Fifteen case bead package
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$450.00

Twenty Case Bead Package

Item Dozen / Case Cases Total
42 inch - 6 styles of beads 20 6 120 Dz
48 inch 8mm - Turquoise 25 4 100 Dz
48 inch 8mm - Silver 25 4 100 Dz
60 inch 12mm - Turquoise 10 2 20 Dz
60 inch 12mm - Silver 10 2 20 Dz
48 inch 10mm - Purple, Green & Gold 10 2 20 Dz
Total: 20 380 Dz
Twenty case bead package
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$600.00

Simple Halloween Wreath Tutorial

Happy Halloween from Mardi Gras Supplies!

It's wreath season! Whether it's an Autumn, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year or Mardi Gras wreath, there's plenty of materials here at Mardi Gras Supplies. Lowest Prices On The Coast!

This is a tutorial for a simple Halloween wreath that needs few supplies. Feel free to add as many decorations as you desire to your wreath!

Halloween Wreath

 

Things you'll need:

Things you need

Step By Step

First step

Step 1) Fold purple mesh over 3 times and tie to "corner" of wreath on the bottom ring to secure mesh. If you don't prefer this method, secure mesh with the tinsel wire attached to the wreath form by wrapping wire around the mesh and the bottom ring.

Second step

Step 2) Bunch mesh up to make a poof. Make poofs as big as desired but make sure you're satisfied with them because it's difficult to manipulate them once secured.

Third step - secure poofs
Third step - leave gaps between poofs

Step 3) After securing the first poof, secure poofs all around the bottom ring of the wreath form. Leave a 2 inch gap between poofs.

Fourth step

Step 4) Repeat step 3 on the top ring of wreath form.

Fifth step - Add black mesh

Step 5) Repeat the whole process but with the black mesh. The black mesh poofs should go where the 2 inch gaps are.

Step 6) Attach mask to upper center of wreath by tying the mask's ribbons around the middle ring of wreath. You're done!

Halloween Wreath

Add your own flair to your wreath with customized decorations!

Happy Halloween!
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Get Ready For Fantasy Fest 2017

Get ready for the outrageous Fantasy Fest with our large selection of costumes, throwbeads, light up necklaces, and accessories!         

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Fantasy Fest runs from October 20-29 and is a 10 day party in "Shangri- La" for adults only! Get more info here

Fantasy Fest is all about dressing up, having fun, and coming together as a community. Make Key West proud by going all out with your costume! 

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LED Chasing Lights Necklace 28in Long Light-up Rainbow Ball Necklace Flashing Beer Mugs Necklace Light-Up Marijuana Necklace

Light Up Hats

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Bracelets

Metallic Rainbow Heart Shaped Bracelets 8.75in Long x 1in Wide Mardi Gras Gemstone Grid Bracelet

Light Up Glasses

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Naughty Beads

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Tips for Throwing an Awesome Mardi Gras Party

The official Mardi Gras season comes along once per year between the Epiphany and Ash Wednesday. However, you need not wait until that time of year to enjoy all the pleasures of Mardi Gras. When you throw a Mardi Gras party, you can invoke the pure joy and good times of the holiday. Follow these tips to throw a Mardi Gras party that guests will always remember.

Carefully Choose Food That Fits the Mardi Gras Theme

If you are doing a fancy Mardi Gras dinner party, French fare should be served. However, for casual parties, simply prepare food that one would get when attending a Mardi Gras celebration. The main course is then carnival food. You may opt to keep things healthier and be inclusive for all guests by serving vegetarian hot dogs and beignets.

Finger foods can take the form of the food that is commonly thrown in Mardi Gras parades. You can serve these on a platter, or have some extra fun with it. Consider having an impromptu "parade" where someone walks through the party in full costume, tossing out "goodies" to the crowd. Food that has been thrown from Mardi Gras floats include Moon Pies and Cracker Jacks.

Be sure to have dessert in the form of a King Cake! A king cake is simply a cake that has a small trinket (usually a little plastic baby to represent baby Jesus) baked inside the cake. When you serve the cake to guests, be sure that everyone knows to look out for the trinket. According to tradition, the person who is served the piece of cake with the trinket is believed to receive luck and prosperity from it.

Decorate With Plenty of Beads

Many people don't realize that Mardi Gras is French for "Fat Tuesday." That's what the term means, but there is a lot more to this jovial, often misunderstood holiday. One thing is for sure: Mardi Gras and beads go together. Be sure to include lots of beads when you're decorating for Mardi Gras.

Also, since the official colors of Mardi Gras are purple, green, and gold, it's a good idea to go with purple, green, and gold beads for the majority of your decorating. Get creative. Hang them on mirrors, and you may even want to hang them from the tops of doorways. Use your imagination and decorate extravagantly. That's the style of Mardi Gras.

Give High-Quality, Themed Party Favors to Guests

Your party guests will be thrilled by gifts that are themed for Mardi Gras. In addition to having beads as decorations at your party, you want to also give guests beads as gifts. You may do a little questionnaire when inviting guests to your party where you find out each guest's favorite color. You can then give them beads to match their preferences.

You can give away the party favors one by one, too. For example, buy plenty of Mardi Gras masks to give away to guests. Be sure to stash some extras, too, in case you get some last-minute, unexpected guests. Then, as guests walk in the door, you may let them choose a mask from a group of masks. That way, people get to choose the colors and designs that they like, and they can have the option of wearing the mask throughout the party.

Finally, keep in mind that your Mardi Gras party can be full of surprises. The holiday itself is. While most people think it started in New Orleans, its origins in the United States are actually in Mobile, Alabama. Mardi Gras is still such a big celebration in Mobile that most schools give kids two or three days off for the festivities.

Don't be afraid to do up your party in grand style. Mardi Gras is worth celebrating to the max. When you're preparing for your next celebration, you can find everything you need at Mardi Gras Supplies. From beads to all the party supplies you can dream up, we carry what you want for festive fun. 

Mardi Gras Beignets

A Simple Twist for a Festive Beignet!          

 

Ingredients:

2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast or instant yeast
1 1/2 cups warm water (110°F)
1/2 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup evaporated milk or 1/2 and 1/2
7 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup shortening  or butter
1 quart vegetable oil for frying (or less if you are only frying half the batch)
Powdered sugar/confectioners' sugar
Colored powdered sugar in purple, yellow, and green
 
Directions:
 
1) In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add white sugar, salt, eggs, evaporated milk, and blend thoroughly. Mix in 4 cups of the flour and beat until smooth. Add the shortening, and then the remaining 3 cups of flour. Cover and chill overnight.
 
2) Roll out dough 1/8" thick and cut into 2½" squares. Fry in 360°F hot oil. If the beignets do not pop up the oil is not hot enough. Once light golden brown, set on paper towels to drain.
 
3) Shake confectioners' sugar onto hot beignets. This serves as a blank canvas to make the colored powdered sugar pop. Once all are covered, add colored powdered sugar (one color at a time) in a striped pattern to tops of beignets. Serve warm.