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Laissez les bon temps rouler (Let the good times roll), everyone!  If you’ve read my bio, you know that I’m a proud Creole who was raised in Louisiana.  Living outside of the Bayou State, it’s amazing to see how so many cities across the U.S. have adopted Mardi Gras.  But let me tell you… ain’t no party like a Mardi Gras party in Louisiana!  Particularly, celebrating it in New Orleans.  There’s nothing like the energy and the hospitality of native Louisianians, and of course, the notorious Bourbon Street.  Every year thousands of people from around the world flee to the historical French Quarters to experience Fat Tuesday cajun style.  Droves of people congregate in the middle of the cobblestoned street two-fisting tequila shots in long, flourescent-colored test tubes, going in and out of popular bars such as Pat O’ Brien’s, making new friends.  It is an experience like no other, an event everyone should experience at least once.  But if you can’t make it to the Big Easy, you can throw your own Mardi Gras party.  To get in the festive mood, try the following tips: 

Decorate your place with traditional colorful beads–purple, green, and gold– and be sure to have a surplus amount to hand out to your guests. 

Besides beads, you can decorate your place with hand-designed masks, or you can opt to wear them.  It’s fun!  And the masks are quite intricate and beautiful.

To really wow your guests, serve up some spicey, traditional Louisiana cuisine like boiled crawfish with all the fixins (that’s right, I said fixins, no “G”). 

Not well-versed in eating mudbugs–pinching tails and sucking heads (I swear that’s a proper term referring to eating crawfish)– maybe you can try your hand at cooking and serving these items:

Sausage and Shrimp Gumbo

Shrimp Etouffe

Po Boy Sandwich

Really get in the spirit of Mardi Gras by serving your guests the infamous Louisiana cocktail made famous by Pat O’Brien’s.

Hurricanes are notorious for a reason.  They’re exceptionally strong, and it only takes one drink to get buzzed.  I’m all about following my bliss, but I do not encourage drinking and driving.  As I mentioned above, Louisianians are loving and hospitable, so this would be the perfect event to invite your friends over for a sleep over.  If they don’t wish to stay the night, arrange for designated drivers to get them to their final destination safely.  And don’t forget to serve the King Cake