Mardi Gras is just around the corner – mark your calendars this year for February 21, 2012! Mardi Gras is French for ‘Fat Tuesday’ which is often referred to as part of the carnival season – and marks the last night of eating largely before fasting for Lent, beginning on Ash Wednesday. Americans mostly recognize this colorful holiday as a time to wear masks and costumes, beads and host social events with dancing, sporting competitions and colorful parades.
It’s also become a very popular party theme for a multitude of events from corporate parties to sweet 16 parties or even weddings. Even if not held on the literal Fat Tuesday, a Mardi Gras themed party is fun for anyone hosting any type of event- who doesn’t want to come to a party in disguise with a mask and flashy outfit and collect beads all night?
Set the scene for your Mardi Gras themed party with a colorful Mardi Gras invitation to match. Full of traditional Mardi Gras colors in purple, green, yellow, gold and red, our Mardi Gras invitations features a variety of styles and designs, depending on the formality or purpose for your party. For those hosting a masquerade, choose from intricately detailed mask invitations and ask your guests to attend in disguise. For those hosting a Mardi Gras themed wedding, we have photo Mardi Gras save the date cards which feature your digital photograph along with a harlequin patterned background with fleur de lis or mask accents. We also offer casual and vibrant party invitations with colorful beads, Mardi Gras die-cut wigglers and feathery masks.
If you’re going a bit more traditional with your party theme, back to the blues, jazz and feel of the New Orleans origination, choose from music themed jazz invitations, streetcar invitations, watercolor blues designs, fleur de lis or vintage cocktail designs.
Set the party scene for your Mardi Gras themed party with green or purple table cloths with gold accents. Decorate your party room with masks and beads galore and hand out beads to your guests as they arrive. Ask them to put their beads on the person with the best mask – and the person at the end of the night with the most beads wins a special prize. Serve up some traditional Cajun food, be it crawfish, gumbo, creole or a King cake. Offer your guests a New Orleans Hurricane and toast to this fun, fabulous holiday!
Take a look below at some of our most popular Mardi Gras themed party invitations and party like a rockstar at your Fat Tuesday masquerade…