Laissez Les Bons Temps RoulerMardi Gras is just under a  week away, and here are some fun ideas I've been pinning to help inspire your "Fat Tuesday" festivities!

Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday, referring to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lent season, which begins on Ash Wednesday.

The traditional New Orleans carnival colors of purples, golds and greens are so warming and vibrant, especially at this time of year when the skies are monochrome! So in-keeping with tradition, I also designed a FREE printable Mardi Gras Sign exclusively for GigMasters blog readers - Click here to download yours.

GigMasters Editor’s Note: Want to find the perfect Mardi Gras entertainment? How about a Zydeco Band or Jazz Band - a fabulous band can add some great authenticity to your Mardi Gras celebration!

Image Sources (from top left to right): Parade Time Cocktail Recipe, Mardi Gras Paper Crowns, FREE Mardi Gras Printables by Bird's Party, Sucre Macarons, Mardi Gras Gumball Beaded Necklace (perfect as DIY party favors!), Mardi Gras Masks Decorated Cookies, Mardi Gras Cake.