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Now that the holiday season is behind us, Mardi Gras is the next enlivened celebration that is perfectly poised to bring us out of hibernation.

Mardi Gras, which literally means "Fat Tuesday" originated as one final celebration before the Lenten season of repent. Catholic French settlers carried the tradition to America, and the holiday is typically celebrated on the day before Ash Wednesday.

Children in particular can become a little bored with the business-as-usual attitude after the excitement of Christmas and New Year. Luckily, the fun costumes and traditions of Mardi Gras can be used to create an exciting party.

Help them dress up!

Before the tykes can enjoy the Mardis Gras activities that you have planned, they need to be properly attired. Pick up pre-made capes and

Mardi Gras masks in rich colors like purple, green and blue.
Have plenty of sequins, jewels and feathers laid out for the partygoers to choose from, and be at the ready with a hot glue gun. When the guests make their selections, decorate their items for them and allow them to cool for a few moments before the kids put on their flashy apparel.

Allow them to indulge in candy and treats

Though adults typically celebrate Mardi Gras with plenty of libations, children will love indulging their sweet tooth on this festive day.

Pick out a few of their favorite desserts, like cupcakes or sugar cookies. To keep the kids involved, set up a dessert decorating table, with bowls of colorful frostings, sprinkles and bite-sized candies.

Ask the children to make a line, and allow them to decorate their own sweet treats to their content.

Mardi Gras party decorations

To create a festive atmosphere from the moment that your young guests arrive, stock up on Mardi Gras decorations and Mardi Gras party supplies like streamers, noise makers, balloons and party lights.

This holiday is supposed to be wild and exciting, so don't worry about going over the top. The more the better! A flashy disco ball and some party music would also be perfect additions to the party.

To make the event feel like a real carnival, set up a few games, like pin the tail on the donkey.

You could even dress up like a gypsy and create a fun fortune-telling booth to give the guests a thrill.

For party favors and prizes, hand out Mardi Gras beads. Kids will love wearing and collecting the festive necklaces.

A great way to top off the night is by having a Mardi Gras costume contest. Allow the kids to make a few final adjustments to their attire and reattach any fallen feathers or beads before the event, then let them form a parade around the party space.

Award chocolates and more Mardi Gras beads to the most creative contestants, and crown a king and queen of the evening.

Come to Windy City Novelties for all of your Mardi Gras party supplies, Mardi Gras decorationsMardis Gras beads and Mardis Gras masks!

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