Games, Party Ideas,
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Mardi Gras, a celebration prior to
the beginning of Lent, is celebrated around the world on Ash Wednesday.
The custom originated with the French who brought it to the United
States. In the United States, this holiday is synonymous with New
Orleans, Louisiana. It is celebrated on a grand scale in New
Orleans with music, picnic, parties, parades, masquerades and
excitement. The date of Mardi Gras varies since it depends on when
Easter falls. It can be anywhere between February 3rd and March
It is a great event so why not get
the kids involved with organizing a celebration.
On your invitation tell your guests
to come in their best wacky costume. Pirates, gypsies and jesters are a
Welcome guests and give them a few
strands of beads to wear around their neck.
GREAT MARDI GRAS GAMES FOR KIDS
Lent Resolution Game
toward older children and adults. Each guest writes 2 or 3
Lent resolutions on a separate piece of paper and puts them in
the hat. A resolution is drawn from the hat and read out loud.
It is the job of the guests to try and determine the owner of
Hide The Beads
Prior to the
party hide beads throughout the house. Send the kids on
a bead hunt. Whatever beads they find they get to wear.
If you have small children you may want to have different color
beads and give each child a specific color to find to keep the
playing field even.
Mardi Gras Relay
1 Ping pong
ball for each team (painted
the Mardi Gras on it)
1 spoon for each team
Divide children into teams. Give the first child on each team a
spoon and a ping pong ball. Set up the course to where they have
to carry the "Mardi
on the spoon to the end of the course and
come back. Hand off to the next child and continue until all
children have played on the team. First team done wins.
masks and then have supplies such as feathers, sequins, buttons
and glitter available along with some glue so the kids can make
a mask. Once everyone's mask is complete, have everyone vote on
his or her favorite mask and give the winner a small prize.
group into two teams. Blow up purple, green and gold balloons and tie
one to everyone's ankles. Say "go" and watch the teams trying to
burst the other team's balloons first. The team with the last
balloon wins. As your balloon is burst you withdraw from the
Gras Costume Contest
Set up an
area where guests can vote on their favorite costume. Be
sure to have a few categories like funniest, most creative, most
authentic and overall best. Announce the winner at the end of
the party and give out the prizes.
tradition in England is to have a pancake race. Have each
child carry a frying pan with a cooked pancake in it which
running a course. The key they must flip the pancake a number of
times while running to the finish line.
Create a Word
word "Mardi Gras Celebration" on paper and see how many words the
kids can make out of it in 5 minutes.
Decorating for Mardi Gras
You want everything to look bright and cheery. Your color
scheme should be purple, green and gold which are the official Mardi
lots of balloons to your decor. Balloons are fairly inexpensive but
are a great way to decorate for a party. You can get some Mylar
balloons that say "Mardi
Gras" and then go with regular,
green, gold. and purple.
Be sure to include a "Let's
Use streamers and long pieces of curly ribbon to decorate from the
ceiling and along the dinner table
- stick with your colors.
Purchase napkins, forks and plates in
Decorate your table with a gold
and a purple runner. Create
some banners out of green felt, attach each to a long length of
ribbon and secure around the perimeter of the table. For a
fill a cluster of
doubloons and add some long feathers out of the top.
balloons to give a
Change your white light bulbs to purple or green to create a cool
Compliments of http://pinterest.com/mardigrasoutlet/mardi-gras-decorations/
King Cake Bars
For the Crust:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup (2 sticks) cold butter
6 Tablespoons sugar
2 Tablespoons milk
For the Filling:
2 (8-ounce) blocks cream
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
˝ teaspoon cinnamon
For the Glaze:
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 Tablespoon milk
Colored sanding sugar or sprinkles (purple, green and gold)
For the Crust:
Preheat the oven to 350°.
Spray a 9 x 13 inch glass baking dish with cooking spray.
In the bowl of a stand
mixer, mix the flour and sugar. Drop in the butter cubes and beat on
low speed until the mixture is crumbly and looks a bit like wet sand.
Add the milk and beat until it starts to stick together. Sprinkle the
mixture into the prepared baking dish and press it in to form an even
layer, making sure there are no holes or gaps.
For the Filling:
Wipe out the mixer bowl
and rinse and dry the paddle. Beat the filling ingredients together
until completely smooth. Spread the filling evenly over the prepared
crust. Bake the bars for 20 – 25 minutes until the crust is golden brown
and the filling is set.
For the Glaze:
While the bars are
cooking, whisk together the confectioners’ sugar and milk until
completely smooth. As soon as you remove the bars from the oven, spread
the glaze in an even layer across the top. Immediately decorate with
sanding sugar. Leave the bars to cool completely, then slice.
Makes about 15 bars
Chocolate Covered Pretzels
3 or more bags of white melting chocolate
(depends on the number of kids)
Green, and purple sprinkles
Melt chocolate in crock pot on high stirring
occasionally. Once chocolate is melted have kids dip the pretzel
into the chocolate and then into the sprinkles. Give them a piece
of wax paper to put it on to dry.
Mardi Gras Smoothie
lime & mango frozen yogurt and
Take the blackberry flavored yogurt add blackberries to
it and blend with ice until desired texture. Pour into the bottom of the
glass set in the freezer for 5-10 minutes while preparing the next
layer. Prepare lime the same way and then add to the top of the
blackberry mixture. Place back in the freezer for 5 -10 minutes
while your prepare the mango section. Add to layered mixture and
freeze until needed.
Mardi Gras Pancakes
Mix pancake batter as directed on
Divide into three bowls
Add food coloring to each bowl -
green, yellow and purple.
Create pancakes and stack one of each
color on a dish.
Your Own New Year's Cookies
One round sugar cookie for each child
White cake frosting
gels and sprinkles in green and purple.
Have each child create their own special Cookie.
Spread each cookie with white frosting and using cake decorator gels and
sprinkles to create a masterpiece.
Mardi Gras Party Mix
Orville Redenbacher's natural simply
salted microwave popcorn.
White candy melts
Green and purple sprinkles
Candy to match color scheme
according to directions. Melt the white candy melts.
Gently and quickly mix them together on a large baking sheet covered
with wax paper.
mixed, add remainder of candy and scatter with green and purple
create our tiny cookie king cakes you will need plain vanilla wafers,
icing, food coloring, and sprinkles.
Icing transforms these cookies from plain vanilla wafers to mini king
Step1: Using white icing, create a circle around the edge of the cookie.
Step 2: With purple, green and yellow icing, add a rectangle section of
each color icing.
3: Continue around the king cake, mimicking the colored icing/sprinkles
on a traditional king cake.
4: Finish the cookie off with some edible sprinkles.