Kid Friendly Mardi Gras Party

Throw a Kid Friendly Mardi Gras party with some simple touches of decor and great ideas for food.

A Mardi Gras party table with food and decorations

Sunday dinner does not always mean pot roast and gravy. We had the most fun recently when we gathered the gang for a Sunday afternoon Mardi Gras Party!

We don’t live in New Orleans or the surrounding area but that didn’t stop us from having our own Mardi Gras party at home! Any excuse will do, right!

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Parties always mean good food and Mardi Gras takes that to another level with menu items steeped in deep traditions Louisiana style. Any time we invite the family over for a Low country boil, they don’t hesitate to load the car and come on! 

It’s all about the food when it comes to Mardi Gras also known as Fat Tuesday so let’s begin with our party menu.

Family Friendly Mardi Gras Party Menu

A two tiered tray covered with brown paper holding Biscuit Biegnets and King Cake on a Mardi Gras party table

King Cake

King Cake is a must-have for any Mardi Gras celebration. The colors all have a special meaning. Purple represents justice. Green represents faith and gold represents power.

Let’s make some Mardi Gras Party Food!

What would a Mardi Gras party be without beignets? A beignet is essentially deep-fried dough such as a fritter or a doughnut.

You will find them plenteous in the cajun country around Louisiana. If you ever make a trip to New Orleans, be sure to have a fresh beignet. We made ours the easy way but they make theirs from scratch.

Biscuit Biegnets served on a tiered tray with green, gold and purple decorations including Mardi Gras masks
Biscuit Biegnets served on a tierd tray

How To Make Biscuit Biegnets

  • Canned biscuits (we used the small biscuits)
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Powdered Sugar

Note: ingredient quantities depend entirely on the number of guests you expect. We used about half of a bag of powdered sugar to coat 30 cut-up biscuits. 

Cut each biscuit into quarters.

Pour the powdered sugar into a paper bag. 

Fry the cut-up biscuits until golden brown in hot oil. Drain on paper toweling.

Toss the drained, hot biscuits in the bag of powdered sugar to coat.

Serve and enjoy! Make plenty because these disappear quickly!

Set Up A Mardi Gras Photo Booth

Mardi Gras is such a fun, festive and colorful celebration. Setting up a photo booth is a great idea to capture the memories.

Mardi Gras Party photo booth props including a green and gold hat, lots of party beads and photo stick props

A few simple supplies will make a colorful photo booth for your Fat Tuesday celebration.

  • Masquerade masks
  • Colorful Mardi Gras Beads
  • Silly, colorful hats
  • Feathery colorful boa’s to wrap around your neck

We simply took a dollar store paper Mardi Gras hat, turned it over, and stuffed it with cotton pillow filler. Then draped it with dozens of beads we found at Oriental Trading.

Finally, we stuck each piece of our Mardi Gras photo booth kit from Oriental Trading into the hat. Our whimsical photo prop hat would also make a fun table centerpiece!

Mardi Gras dress up supplies on a table including masks, hats, beads and features

Our photo booth was the hot spot because it’s always fun to pose with props for fun photos. Don’t you just love that purple fedora we found at Oriental Trading!

People posing in a Mardi gras party photo booth

There is an interesting story about that particular baseball. While the teen boys were outside throwing it back and forth, their Mom’s minivan somehow got injured. The back glass was broken out. I can honestly say, it was a first. We have been a baseball family forever and never had a broken window.

Mardi Gras Party food table with Low Country Shrimp Boil

One of my favorite things about our Family Friendly Mardi Gras party was the candy buffet! What does that tell you about me?

I was able to keep true to the colors by using gold-wrapped Reese’s. The purple wrapped butter mints are from Oriental Trading and those pretty green M&M’s are mint! The children all took home candy bracelets and necklaces as well as some gold-wrapped chocolate coins.

Sherbet Punch Easy Recipe

We served Sherbet Punch for a fun green beverage. It’s a very simple recipe that has been gracing party tables for many years.

  • 2 Qts. lime sherbet
  • (2) 2 ltr. ginger ale or your favorite citrusy soda, chilled
  • (1) 46 oz. can pineapple juice, chilled

Partially thaw the sherbet for just a few minutes. Scoop the sherbet into a punch bowl. 

Slowly pour the pineapple juice over the sherbet followed by (1) ltr. of the soda. Reserve the second ltr. of soda to refill the punch bowl when needed.

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Head on over to Oriental Trading and snag your Mardi Gras party supplies now! Don’t forget lots of beads and masks for decor and fun! 

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  1. Wow, your mardi gras party looks amazing. I went once to Mardi Gras and it was amazing. So much fun.
    I need to try your bisquit biegnets. I love those.
    Thanks for sharing at Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop,

  2. My goodness, what a fantastic looking party! So colorful and looks fun. The boil recipe sounds yummy, well all the recipes sound yummy! Thanks Shirley from Grammy Dee, #WednesdayAIM #LinkUp #BlogParty, social media shared.

  3. What a fun party! Who doesn’t love a low country boil and it looks delicious. I really like the photo booth props and those beignets take me back to New Orleans. Wish I had a beignet right now! Yum!!

  4. We just love Mardi Gras because of Fat Tuesday. In Chicago, it is all about the jelly donut, otherwise known as the paczki. I would love to set up a photo booth like this for my boys.

  5. yay to Mardi Gras day… I’ll have to set a party up for the kids, they’d love it! thanks for the helpful ideas : )
    (love the masks and beads of course!)

  6. It has been years since I have beento a mardi gras party but they are so much fun. This looks like it would be a lot of fun.

  7. It would be so fun to have a Mardi Gras party. The kids would have a blast as well. I love the decorations you used.

  8. I have actually never had a Mardi Gras party before. I do love a good low country boil though! They’re so tasty.

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