Go all-out for a Mardi Gras masquerade party

The celebration known as Mardi Gras isn’t just a New Orleans tradition—though locals tout their party as being the greatest of all. In America, Mobile, Ala., is rumored to have held the first Mardi Gras celebration, but it’s an old tradition that’s lives on across the globe.


Bring the party to your own backyard—well, you might want to bring it inside if it’s still chilly outdoors—with GL’s fab Mardi Gras masquerade!


Invite all your friends

When it comes to Mardi Gras, it really is the more, the merrier! Sending out a themed e-vite or Facebook event invitation is an easy way to get all of your buds involved. To keep your party from spiraling out of control, enforce a strict no-guests policy. Who needs a plus-one when all of your fave pals are already there?


Instruct each of your friends to conceal their identity with an elaborate, homemade mask. You can also set up a basket outside your front door with extra masks, just in case.


Decorate, decorate, decorate!

Hit up a party store or a dollar store and go crazy with your décor. Grab crepe paper streamers, balloons, beads and anything else you can find in the traditional Mardi Gras colors: purple, green and gold. In true Fat Tuesday fashion, the décor should be over-the-top and overwhelming. Think glitz, glam and yeah, maybe a little gauche, too.


Dress the part

You can’t host a masquerade party with a mask, and as the host, yours should be the grandest of all. While you can certainly buy pre-made ones, we think making our own is part of the fun. Check out our mask-making tutorial here. Don’t forget the rest of your costume! Go for teen chic in a fun, sparkly dress you can dance in that matches your mask.


Set the mood

Get your hands on some authentic Louisiana jazz or zydeco music. Play these more traditional songs when your guests arrive. When y’all are ready to hit the dance floor, switch over to a playlist of your favorite party tunes and get those hands up in the air, girl!


The big reveal

When the clock strikes ten (or whatever time you like), have all of your friends untie their masks and reveal themselves in true masquerade fashion. Did you know your bestie was the beautiful butterfly?
Not into the party scene? Bring the fun to school by offering up purple, green and gold beads to your buds. You can even craft mini masks using felt as the base and put them up in your locker or safety-pin them to your backpack.

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by Brittany Taylor | 2/1/2016