It might be one of the only times where partying on a Tuesday is totally acceptable – we’re talking Mardi Gras! French for “Fat Tuesday,” Mardi Gras signifies the last day before a traditional religious period of fasting. Though our country’s biggest Mardi Gras celebrations take place in Louisiana’s French Quarters, there are ways to party no matter where you live!

The best way to bring a festive mood to your Mardi Gras bash is to hire awesome entertainment. Luckily, GigMasters has a ton of talented vendors to make your event a success. For true New Orleans tunes, look no further than a Zydeco band. This blend of Blues, Cajun, Jazz and other energetic sounds will keep partygoers on their feet all night! Jazz musicians, Brass bands and Blues singers are other equally great choices to add to the celebration.

The Nawlin's Po' Boy'z cajun band brings authentic Bourbon Street sound!

For Zydeco tunes, check out the Bourbon Street Band!

 

Music is just the beginning: adding a few variety acts will bring the “carnivale” feel that Fat Tuesday is famous for. Stilt walkers and circus acts can put on quite a show, while a face painter can give guests their own Mardi Gras masks.

Face painting by Party Peeple featuring the Fleur de lis, a Louisiana staple.

 

After you book your entertainment, it’s time to think “atmosphere.” With the right décor, your venue can transform into the Big Easy! Black, purple, green and gold are the go-to colors for this event. Think shiny streamers, feathers and of course, beads! You don’t need to spend a fortune to make your venue resemble Bourbon Street. Check out the photos below for simple decorating ideas!

Plastic tablecloths turn into a fun lighting arrangement, courtesy of PrettyEasyLiving.com

Faux feathers and paper lanters make this Mardi Gras display a success! Photo from KarasPartyIdeas.com

Your checklist is almost complete! Send out your invitations, pick out a few classic New Orleans meals then get ready to Laissez les bons temps rouler – Let the good times roll!

Main photo credit: Erin Johnson Photography