Today is March 5th, which means it’s officially time to “Let the good times roll!” Mardi Gras, French for “Fat Tuesday,” is the last day of the Carnival season where thousands of locals and tourists alike cover the streets of New Orleans, LA with green, purple and gold beads and witness one of the most colorful and eccentric parades before Lenten season begins on Ash Wednesday, March 6th. Since we can’t all make it to NOLA before the parade begins today, here’s some ideas on how to bring the Mardi Gras party to your residents, no matter where your property is located!
Although not necessarily a French-inspired treat, the Polish Paczki is a Fat Tuesday delicacy for many Americans prior to the commencement of Lent on Ash Wednesday. This doughy, fruit or cream-filled pastry was invented because Polish families were looking to utilize all sugar, eggs and fruit in their house before Lent began and we’re so thankful they did! A box of half a dozen Paczki’s can be found at any local supermarket during this time of the year, so make sure you grab a few boxes for your residents to indulge in!
Themed Photo Booth
Put your residents right in the middle of the fun with a Bourbon Street backdrop and some photo booth props! Here are some options of backdrops and props to get you inspired!
Beads, Beads and More BEADS
Ask anyone what their favorite part of Mardi Gras is and, more likely than not, it’s the BEADS! Thrown into the crowds off eccentric parade floats or balconies lining Bourbon Street, everyone tries to get as many as they can before the celebration is over! Deliver beads and some marketing collateral showcasing your property’s current special and upcoming event and use as an extra prop in your photo booth! This is a crowd favorite!
My favorite piece of the Mardi Gras celebration is the FOOD! Check out these easy DIY Cajun recipes to make for your residents!
A token element of Mardi Gras is the variety of beautifully ornate and extravagant face masks. The practice of mask making dates to the early European celebrations of the Carnival but is an ever-present piece to the modern-day secular version of most Mardi Gras festivities. It brings a sort of magic and mystery to the celebrations that allow participants to feel like they can act outside of normal expectations and societal constraints, even if just for the period of the event. Party City has small masks for less than $1.00 that your residents can decorate and make their own to truly showcase their inner magic!
New Orleans is home to some of the most intricate and appealing forms of Jazz music and is considered “America’s only original art form.” Your Mardi Gras-themed resident event wouldn’t be complete without some soul-captivating jazz! Play through your clubhouse speakers or hire a local Jazz Artist to come and really seal the deal for a spectacular night for your guests!
If your residents are over the age of 21, try these colorful Mardi Gras jello shots — this recipe also gives you the non-alcoholic version!
We hope you have enjoyed these ideas and tips on how to host the best Mardi-Gras themed resident event! Comment below on your favorite idea and tag us in the photos of your event @socialtheoryinc, we want to see it!