25 mardi gras party must-haves for a fantastic party right at home

We are probably not going anywhere anytime soon, let alone to a huge (and fantastic) Mardi Gras party. So, this year, we’re doing things a lot differently…we’re bringing the Mardi Gras party to you! Yes, you read that correctly, because we have 25 home-ready Mardi Gras party ideas your besties will love!

Good Mardi Gras Party Eats

If you want to have an authentic Mardi Gras party experience, you need to start off with the right foods. Traditionally, foods are spicy, robust, and homemade. We may not get our hands on the authentic fresh foods, but we’ve found some amazing shortcuts that don’t undercut the cajun-flare Mardi Gras is tastefully known for.

Louisiana Fish Fry, Cajun Fry, 10 oz (Pack of 4)

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As America’s number one selling fish fry, it’s virtually the staple for a Mardi Gras party must-have. When you have a variety of products to fry up and serve, you’re literally covered in one of the best seasoning mixes ever! From chicken parts to ocean crustaceans, Louisana Fish Fry is your Mardi Gras foundation when it comes to preparing foods.

Cookin’ Cajun Mardi Gras Dip Mix (2-pack)

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Need to dip not once, not twice, but thrice during your Mardi Gras party? Good, because all you need is a couple of tablespoons of your Cookin’ Cajun Mardi Gras Dip mix and your favorite mayo to make your friends beg for more! In just one hour, your dippin’ friends will be satisfied all night long.

Mam Papauls Mix Jambalaya

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Take a southern favorite with a home-cooking tomato base and make magic! Simply snatch up your favorite meat or seafood to finish off your very own jambalaya dish. Oh, who’s kidding who, you need to make both land and sea jambalayas because then everyone at your Mardi Gras party will be happy!

Zapp’s New Orleans Kettle-Style Potato Chips

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Need some snacks while the main course is causing some major mouth-watering aromas? In the spirit of Mardi Gras, these authentic Cajun seasonings kick off your celebration with a New Orleans Kettle-Style Chip. They have just the right touch of cajun flare to set the Mardi Gras party mood.

Read More: Delectable Appetizers for Party Platters

Louisiana Fish Fry, Crawfish, Crab & Shrimp Boil

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How do you love your seafood? When it comes to serving up exactly what your peeps want, the Louisiana Fish Fry doesn’t disappoint. Choose the taste and flavor just how you want it with this classic blend of spices at your next Mardi Gras party.


Great Mardi Gras Party Drinks 

It’s time to think about quenching everybody’s thirst, because after those appetizers, folks need a refreshing drink. Here are five Mardi Gras party drinks everyone ought to partake in, one sip at a time.

Community Coffee Mardi Gras King Cake Flavored 18 Count Coffee Pods

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Your coffee-loving-Mardi-Gras-party friends will appreciate the balanced blend of delightful cinnamon and vanilla-flavored coffee. Made from 100% select Arabica beans, the taste of Mardi Gras never felt so invigorating in a single mug!

Collins Hurricane Mix

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Everyone is coming over to YOUR place for a Mardi Gras party, so, make it feel like it. This Hurricane mix includes pineapple and passion fruit – we’d stop there because, really, it’s pineapple and passion fruit, but add in a splash of rum, and let the tales of Mardi Gras begin.

Pat O’Brien’s Liquid Cyclone Cocktail Mix

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Oh, yes! This is one of the most popular drinks in New Orleans and now it’s at your Mardi Gras party! It’s a whirlwind of punchy citrus to liven up your party with or without the vodka (we definitely recommend the vodka) to make your very own Cyclone mix. Just add the ice and start chillin’.

Sazerac Rye

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Got whiskey lovers coming over? Impress them with the one and only New Orleans original Sazerac Rye Whiskey. Bring home the symbol of tradition and history as American’s first branded cocktail of Rye Whiskey and Peychaud’s Bitters was born. Its versatility and crispness enhances any Mardi Gras party meal ever so smoothly.

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Legendre Ojen

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We love to continue to impress at our parties, so you’re in luck because this Spanish spirit is an 84-proof anise liqueur made in the 1900s as New Orleans Carnival favorite. Even though the original Ojen was discontinued, the 2016 Legendary Ojen will certainly please a crowd as it pays tribute to the original Mardi Gras party favorite.


Indulgent Mardi Gras Party Sweets 

There’s no way you are closing out your Mardi Gras Party without a sweet ending. Sure, you could go and buy a box of cookies and call it good, but this is a Mardi Gras party! Nah, ditch the cookies, these fine desserts will not only be a crowd-pleaser, they’ll be a have-to-share-on-Instagram sensation!

Cafe du Monde Mix Beignet Mix

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No Mardi Gras party is complete without donuts! This easy-to-prepare mix creates four dozen french donuts to serve up all day (and into the night) long. Bring a little bit of French cuisine into your New Orlean-style party.

Mam Papaul’s Mardi Gras King Cake Mix Kit

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Bring out the celebration in a cake, because this traditional Mam Papaul’s King Cake is a yeast-raised dough filled with praline filling and topped with an almond glaze. The Mardi Gras-colored cane sugar crystals literally are the icing on the cake. It’s festive, fun, and will be a party favorite for sure.

Creamy Original Pralines

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Talk about all things Creole, now you have Creole Pralines from Aunt Sally. These creamy morsels of guilty pleasure come in the delightful New Orleans Mardi Gras Party flavors you know everyone will love. Toss these babies in a crystal bowl and you can predict that they’ll be gone before sundown.

King’s Cake Shop

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Need a fresh cake that embodies the very essence of Mardi Gras? Toast to the Epiphany with Caluda’s famed Mardi Gras King Cake. We couldn’t have said it better ourselves because this rich, velvety Danish delight is the turning point of your Mardi Gras party… get ready to present the “WOW” factor of the night.

Sprinkle Pop

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How can you ever go wrong with a Fat Tuesday Sprinkle Mix? Answer: you can’t. Toss these jazzed up Mardi Gras party sprinkles of greens, purples, blacks, and golds (with a metallic sheen) onto anything that needs a quick pick-me-up in the color department.


Feeling Festive? Mardi Gras Attire

Now that the food is on point, it’s time to take a look in the mirror and consider dressing the part if you are throwing a killer Mardi Gras party. So, if you don’t have the proper attire on hand, we have some ideas for masks, beads, shirts, and, yes, leggings!

Mardi Gras Face Mask & Beads

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No Mardi Gras party outfit is complete without a little razzle-dazzle, right? That’s where this awesome pack of 12 masks and 36 beaded necklaces comes in. Sequin masks add just the right amount of sparkle, while the necklaces… well, let’s just say those are a Mardi Gras party tradition, too!

36-piece Mardi Gras Photo Booth Props Kit

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Don’t forget to capture the magic of your at home Mardi Gras party with a fun photo area! These fantasy party photo booth props will add some extra hilarity and laughs to the festivities for sure! So, are you a king, queen or jester?

Tipsy Elves Women’s Mardi Gras Leggings

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While you may not be conquering Bourbon Street this year, this comfy pair of black leggings will have you ready for whatever Mardi Gras party fun comes your way. With leggings that won’t ride up or slide down, your focus can be solely on partying down this Fat Tuesday!

Zeagoo Women’s Sleeveless Sparkle Camisole 

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You can never have too much bling, right? (Especially at a Mardi Gras party!) Available in purple, green, gold, and an assortment of other beautiful shades, this top is sure to turn heads. The racerback blouse has a full mesh lining for a softer touch against your skin, too. You’ll be comfy enough to keep the party going all night long!

Mardi Gras 504 T-Shirt

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Does the man in your life sport a slightly more subtle style? Pick up this Mardi Gras shirt and help him represent the 504 on one of the biggest party nights of the year!

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Home Decor for Your Mardi Gras Party 

Don’t let a single person step foot into your home without feeling like they walked right onto a Mardi Gras Party movie set. Let’s go all out and make your home an authentic rendition of Mardi Gras itself…and it’s a lot easier than you think with these five home decor staples.

Blulu Mardi Gras Welcome Banner

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Create a Mardi Gras party atmosphere from the moment guests pull into the driveway, with this Let the Good Times Roll Mardi Gras party welcome banner. They’ll have no doubt they’re in for a fun evening!

MOFAN Mardi Gras Flag

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Replace that tired old flag on the flagpole outside with this brand new, brightly colored one that’s fit for this fun celebration. With a signal like this to the neighborhood about what’s about to go down, don’t be surprised if you get a few party crashers!

Caroline’s Treasures Mardi Gras Indoor or Outdoor Mat

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As guests step up to the front porch, they’ll love all of your thoughtful decor touches, like this indoor/outdoor Mardi Gras floor mat. The bright colors and mask set the tone for a great night ahead. Time to kick off their shoes and get down!

9-piece Gold, Purple and Green Decorations

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Do you know what the inside of your home needs for some extra Mardi Gras party flair? These colorful paper fans, honeycomb balls, and pom pom garland strings.

Go on, jazz it up! They’re a perfect fit for a festive party!

Amscan Party Wreath

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Make your Mardi Gras party shine this year with this metallic bulb wreath. Featuring gold, green, and purple ornaments, along with gold tinsel, it makes a beautiful statement on your front door, wall, or another area in your home.


We don’t know about you, but we think your Mardi Gras party is about to be off-the-chain amazing! It takes just a wee bit of tweaking and planning to get it just right, but with all these resources at your fingertips, you can certainly pull it off.

Your authentic, New Orlean’s style, socially distanced (or Zoom!) Mardi Gras party is only a few texts away, so get planning! Reach out to those friends of yours and let them know what they can bring, what to wear, and where to be. Happy Mardi Gras!

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