Mardi Gras Dinner Party — Gr8 Fun!

MARDI GRAS!!! What do you think when you hear that? I think of parades and beads and bright colors and lots of fun. Which makes this the PERFECT party theme! After all, the main point of a dinner party is to have fun, right?!?! Which is why, many years ago when we were hosting our Gr8 Dinner in February, we chose Mardi Gras. Keep reading for the invitation idea, decorations, menu, and more!

Mardi Gras Place Setting

Mardi Gras Invitation

As you know, we do physical invitations for our Gr8 Dinner parties. And I believe this is one of the reasons that we’ve stayed together for over 20 years. When you receive a beautiful invitation, you feel special because that invite was meant just for you. And there are only 3 to make!

Mardi Gras Mask and beads

You don’t have to be as elaborate as we are. I love crafting so I love thinking up something intriguing and special. But if you aren’t into crafting, then by all means, just do what works for you! (Evites work, too!)

Mardi Gras dinner Party Invitation

For these, I used a box and covered it with fabric and paper and tassels in the rich jewel=tone purple, gold and green hues of Mardi Gras. Then I bought black plastic face masks from the party store and nestled them in the box with colorful shred with a Mardi Gras mask on top. The invitation information was penned in gold on the inside of the box lid.

Decorations

Mardi Gras decorations, beads and goblet

Again, the colors of this season are so festive and bright, rich purple, gold, and green. If you’re into tablecloths, as I am, that’s an easy way to set the theme. You could use gold, emerald green or purple (got something left from Christmas?). The beads are inexpensive to buy in bulk and now is the time to use anything gold that you may have in your home to create a centerpiece. This is the time to go gaudy!

Mardi Gras place setting overhead shot with fleur de lys napkin fold

And look at that cute napkin folded like a fleur de lys! Check out the folding directions. I also strung colored lights above the table, it was so festive!

Menu

Now the fun begins. There is so much delicious food associated with New Orleans and Mardi Gras that it’s hard to pick! Since New Orleans is on the bayou a lot of the cuisine revolves around seafood.

And when we start with seafood, Jurga’s yummy Crab Cakes are a must! For appetizers, make them bite sized. To amp up the NOLA vibe, serve them with Emeril’s Remoulade Sauce.

Crab Cakes
Crab Cakes are an easy appetizer or main course. And they can be made in advance! Note that the crab cakes need to be chilled for an hour before cooking.
Gr8 Recipe Here!
Crab Cakes served as a main dish or an appetizer

I also served Gumbo in small cups, espresso cups work Gr8. Serve it without the rice.

Overhead shot of Gumbo with Mardi gras beads
Sausage Shrimp Chicken Gumbo
This Gumbo is perfect for any time of year. True comfort food and it can be made in advance!
Gr8 Recipe Here!

To lighten things up a Spinach Salad came next. This one even has the colors of Mardi Gras!

Mardi Gras Salad
Spinach Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing
This spinach salad with poppy seed dressing is not only bursting with flavor but also makes a beautiful presentation with its vibrant and lively colors. 
Gr8 Recipe Here!
Spinach Salad.

The main course was Kyle’s Pork Cutlets with Onion Applesauce served next to her Jambalaya; a flavorful bayou combo!

Pork Cutlets with Onion Applesauce
You will surely enjoy these delicious and easy to prepare Pork Cutlets with Onion Applesauce, a meal with just enough sweet and savory!
Gr8 Recipe Here!
Pork Cutlets with Onion Applesauce
Chicken Shrimp and Sausage Jambalaya
This Chicken Shrimp and Sausage Jambalaya recipe is an easy to prepare delicious one pot meal filled with spices that will remind you of Louisiana. Adjust the spice to your liking. 
To make this a vegetarian dish, replace the chicken broth with vegetable broth and add all the vegetables you love!
Gr8 Recipe Here!
Mardi Gras King Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream

When celebrating Mardi Gras, there is only one dessert to consider (in my opinion)… King Cake! And Debbie’s recipe is SOOOOOO easy! Anybody can make it!

King Cake
Nothing says Mardi Gras like King Cake! If you cant’t get to the Bayou for Mardi Gras fun, bring the Bayou to your own backyard! For the easiest recipe that’s easy and delicious, the fun begins now!
Gr8 Recipe Here!
King Cake

So gather your beads and masks, send out an invite, and plan to have a Gr8 time with friends and family!

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