Mardi Gras Food

Served Glittery Carnival Style

Serve your Mardi Gras food in the spirit of the traditions of Mardi Gras, with plenty of flash and glitter. Check out the Mardi Gras party menu ideas below for the very best, most sparkling Mardi Gras celebrations.

The Muses Party

bowl of gumbo with scoop of white rice in center

The Muses party features some of the best Mardi Gras food with the most incredibly fun Mardi Gras crafts ever.

The craft: If you're going to honor the Muses Krewe, you're talking shoes—mules, strappy sandals, stilettos—the sexier the shoe, the better.

You'll need 9 shoes, one for each of the 9 Muses: Calliope, Clio, Erato, Euterpe, Melpomene, Polyhymnia, Terpsichore, Thalia, and Urania. Now decorate them with purple, green, and gold fringe, glitter, sequins, feathers, gems, beads, ribbons, and tinsel. Make sure you cover the entire shoe!

The stations: Each station will have one of the shoes you've made with a card on top announcing what is in the silver covered dish (a la hotel silver dome). Be sure to have lots of Mardi Gras beads and doubloons on hand to scatter around the silver domes and shoes.

Station 1: The Hurricane
Station 2: Shrimp Pate
Station 3: Sourdough Toasted Baguette
Station 4: Gumbo
Station 5: Red Beans
Station 6: Rice
Station 7: Broccoli Rabe
Station 8: Cajun Shrimp
Station 9: Banana's Foster

The Masked Ball Party

milk punch sprinkled with cinnamon in a martini glass

Serve your Mardi Gras food masked at the masked ball party. That's right, the food will be masked.

The craft: Every food at the masked ball party will be served in a series of white, deep bowls of various sizes. The plain white will make a wonderful backdrop for the masks. What masks? The ones you'll be making, of course.

Create dozens and dozens of sequined, feathered, beribboned, glittery masks in the traditional Mardi Gras colors of purple, green, and gold. Attach ribbons to them for tying.

The bowls: Tie a mask around each of the white serving bowls. See, I told you the food would be masked. Scatter the rest about the table. Then, at the end of the night have each of your guests choose a mask to take home as a that's the Carnival spirit!

Bowl 1: Milk Punch
Bowl 2: Bean Dip
Bowl 3: Corn Chips
Bowl 4: Popcorn Shrimp
Bowl 5: Grits
Bowl 6: Rice
Bowl 7: Jambalaya
Bowl 8: Fried Chicken
Bowl 9: Bourbon Pecan Pralines

The Jazz Party

gold saxophone

Mardi Gras is jazz and the jazz party has Mardi Gras food that is way cool. It needs to be as cool as New Orleans greats like Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Wynton Marsalis, and Harry Connick, Jr.

The craft: Scour old books and the internet to find photos of old and new jazz greats. Blow them up on a copier as large as you can; 8-1/2" x 11" is standard, but if you're lucky enough to be able to blow them up to 11" x 17", go for it.

Blowing up photocopied printed photographs will make them black and white and dotted, a hip look. Cut your own mattes from gold paper and frame your pictures in a simple clip frame to keep costs down. Fill a wall in your dining and/or living room with your portraits. Drape Mardi Gras beads on each. Remember, more than one strand is a very good thing.

The table: Beg, borrow, or steal (OK, maybe not steal) real musical instruments: trumpets, saxophones, and/or trombones. Place them strategically on the table, place your serving dishes and bowls around them, and add confetti and Mardi Gras beads. You now officially have the jazziest table in town!

Dish 1: Bloody Mary Shots
Dish 2: Warm Crab Dip
Dish 3: Toast Points
Dish 4: Muffaletta Sliders
Dish 5: Gravy
Dish 6: Biscuits
Dish 7: Jalapeno Potatoes
Dish 8: Blackened Ham
Dish 9: King Cake

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