(Note: Ginger Margarita recipe is here!)
Our Mardi Gras party was a great success! I was kinda nervous, because some of my regular attendees couldn’t make it and we invited some new people…and you never know how that will go. It turned out to be a really nice mix of people – some family; some people with kids and some without; some married people and some single people.
The funny thing is that we had three people come alone who had never been to one of our parties before – Hub’s friend Joe from work, our next door neighbor Mark, and our across-the-street neighbor Jill. I always worry about people who come by themselves and don’t know anyone – will they fit in or will they be wallflowers? Well, I needn’t have worried about them! Joe had such a great time, he spent the night here. Mark, who is super-religious (and therefore I wasn’t sure how he would react to some of our antics) stayed till nearly 1 am and had a great time. Jill fit in so well with everyone; it was as if we had hung out for years.
There was lots of food – jambalaya, mac and cheese, fried chicken, sandwiches, etc. And of course lots of drinks! We couldn’t find Hurricane mix this year, so most people stuck with beer and wine. I served purple, yellow, and green jello shots which were, as always, a huge hit.
We had beads everywhere – strung from anything that would hold them! We also decorated with masks and doubloons and confetti and signs and a big Mardi Gras flag. It was really festive and fun. The good thing is that we didn’t have to buy any of it because we got all of it in 2000 when we went to the real Mardi Gras!
I wore my tiara as the Queen of Mardi Gras. Hub paraded around in his float. Patsy wore the whole bead-flasher ensemble. Everyone wore beads and some even wore feather boas!
Most of the crowd left by about 1 am. But then our “regular crew” (plus Joe) partied until about 5 am. Poor Hub, Princess still woke up at 7:30 so he only had two-and-a-half hours sleep. I slept till 1:30!!! And I am still tired. It was a really great night and everyone had a terrific time.
Next up: An 80’s party. Maybe in the summer. Big Hair and Bon Jovi. I can’t wait!!!
The party in action.
Hub as the King of Mardi Gras in his float.
Diddy and his sign.
Princess is all ready for Mardi Gras!
Patsy really wants beads.