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Channel the spirit of New Orleans with a Mardi Gras party

New Orleans is one of the livliest cities in the United States, if not the world. The music, the food and the people all make the city a great place to go for a celebration. Of course, the time of year when The Big Easy is the craziest is during Mardi Gras. Although Fat Tuesday is still months away, that does not mean you can't indulge you and your friends and family by hosting a wonderful Mardi Gras-themed party. Getting everybody you care about together for a carefree extravaganza can be the perfect way to relieve the stress caused by everyday life.

As is the case with any party, you'll need to select enticing invitations to send out to your friends. Mardi Gras is one of the most flamboyant celebrations of the year, so you should be sure to include that atmosphere in your announcements. A great choice would be to purchase ones that are adorned with the colors of the holiday, which are purple, green and yellow. The invites should also include some of the similar imagery such as a mask, a boa or beads.

Once you have tackled the invitations, you will certainly want to figure outdecorations that effectively represent the convivial nature of the holiday. For starters, why not hang an elegant door curtain? Purple, green and yellow streamers cascading over the entrance to your shindig can be a fantastic way to welcome your guests. The comedy and tragedy masks are iconic parts of New Orleans culture as well, so do not forget to mix these into your decor. Similarly, music is an integral part of the celebration, so you should think about arranging life size cutouts of a jazz trio playing a groovy tune to contribute to the atmosphere. Along with adding some musical flair, you should hang some Fleur de Lis whirls from the ceiling, as these symbols are the perfect way to pay homage to the area's French heritage. As a final touch, string tinsel around your home in order to add a touch of class to your get-together.

While decorations and invitations are certainly important, if you do not have the proper supplies for your soirée, you will regret it. One thing every party needs is an ample supply of paper plates, napkins and cups, so stock up on ones that are as colorful and jovial as the rest of your decorations. In that same vein, you should lay out a Mardi Gras table cover that comes in those colors as well. You may want to bring back the comedy and tragedy masks, but this time, do so in the form of a pinata. Partygoers will certainly appreciate busting it apart while being reminded of their younger days. Finally, it would not be Mardi Gras without beads. Take time to purchase plenty of these classic pieces of jewelry, as your guests will definitely love donning the accessories while celebrating.

Any time spent with those closest to you will certainly be memorable, and a Mardi Gras-themed party should be no different. Channeling the carefree attitude of Fat Tuesday revelers can be the perfect way to end the summer.

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