What holiday makes partying on New Year's Eve look like tame and mild? That would be Mardi Gras of course, the wildest party of the year! Let's take a look at how to throw a fantastic Mardi Gras bash of your own:

Make it a masquerade. When else is it okay for you to wear glittery, feathery masks and dress up in fantastically outrageous outfits (besides Halloween). If you want to get even more creative, you can hire a face painter to design fancy masks on your guests' faces for the party. Encourage your guests to dress-up, it will definitely add to the party atmosphere.

Beads, beads and more beads. During Mardi Gras beads are absolutely necessary for any outfit. Even if you don't feel like dressing up, you have to have some colorful beads around your neck, it just makes things more fun.  When hosting your Mardi Gras party consider having a beads contest to get your guests interacting with each other. It's pretty simple, have guests do whacky things to acquire beads from their fellow party-goers and at the end of the festivities provide the guest with the most beads a fun prize.

Create a Mardi Gras menu. When putting together your food and beverage selection, go with traditional Mardi Gras cocktails and dishes. Three traditional drinks that go right along with celebrating Mardi Gras are the New Orleans Fizz , Hurricane and the Sazerac and you can find the recipes to these scrumptious cocktails on drinksmixer.com. If you are not much of a mixologist, you can always hire a bartender to keep your guests refreshed (and drinking responsibly).

When it comes to food, there are many, many options to choose from.  We recommend keeping this authentic with Mardi Gras Jambalaya, Shrimp and Andouille Gumbo and some Mardi Gras King Cake for dessert. These Big Easy specialties are perfect for adding a small taste of N'Orleans to your party.

Music is the key. Sure, if you follow the tips that we have offered above you would have a pretty fun party. But the key to a truly amazing Mardi Gras party is music. There's a variety of genuine Mardi Gras music to choose from depending on your tastes. Zydeco Bands, Jazz Bands, and Dixieland Bands are perfect if you are looking for authentic music for your party. If you are going more for mass appeal rather than authenticity, Variety Bands and Cover Bands are also great entertainment choices for any party.

What Mardi Gras party tips do you have? Share your thoughts in the comments below.