Decorations for Mardi Gras Party
Since it was a Christmas party we decorated the house as we always do for Christmas but this time we did not use the traditional tree. In fact, I went into the woods behind our backyard and cut a branch of a maple tree that was just about 6 feet. I planted it in the family room and then we decorated it as always with ornaments. If you want to take a look at how our tree looked, a picture is at the bottom.
Mardi Gras paraphernalia for guests
We checked out a couple of online stores that sell Mardi Gras party supplies (you get the genuine stuff there since most of them are based in New Orleans). We bought throw beads, feather masks, and masks on a stick. Of course, we also bought some temporary tattoos with the Mardi Gras theme.
When our guests arrived we offered them beads and they could also pick a temporary tattoo which all of our guests were quick to apply. And everyone grabbed their masks. This was a great way for people to feel relaxed and get to know each other better.
Appetizers and dinner
Since our meal was expected to be an eclectic combination of New Orleans and French, this is what our menu looked like.
Wontons with figs and goat cheese
Aubergine au gratin (eggplants)
Potato au gratin
Creole style okra, corn, and tomatoes
A lot of the time was spent at the party in essentially being playful and teasing each other. Secondly, it was a family gathering including kids so we kept everything "G"-rated but everyone had a great time. And just to be different, we played "Who wants to be a millionaire?" If you have a laptop, you can simply go to the website and play this game online. It is a lot of fun since the audience also gets a chance to participate.
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