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How to Throw a (Midweek) Mardi Gras Party

Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday as it’s sometimes called, ends tomorrow and so marks the last chance you get to celebrate the carnival season, and … wait – it <em>ends</em> tomorrow? Yep, that’s right. Fat Tuesday is actually the <em>last day</em> of the party before those who celebrate according to tradition start giving up all the indulgent stuff on Ash Wednesday. It’s basically the last hoorah before Lent, which is why it’s synonymous with debauched good times. <strong>Midweek Mardi Gras</strong> So, what do you do when the last Mardi Gras weekend has slipped by uncelebrated, you find yourself in the middle a new workweek, and you feel as if you’ve missed your chance to blow it out on Bourbon Street? You tell your friends you’re having a last-minute Mardi Gras mini-party and you … <strong>… rustle up some party favors.</strong> Masks, beads and noisemakers are a must, preferably in a mix of gold, purple and green. Confetti, glitter, party poppers and sparklers are nice add-ons if you can manage it. Then you … <strong>… decide on a drink selection.</strong> This is the easy part, because it’s the middle of the week. Soda and punch should do the trick. Throw in a bottle of cheap champagne if you want to spike the punch and add a bottle of wine or two to keep it interesting. Now, it’s time to … <strong>… add some Mardi Gras music.</strong> Ah, you didn’t know Mardi Gras had a soundtrack? Big brass, funk, jazz, blues and zydeco are all part of the fun in the French Quarter. Of course, that doesn’t mean you have to limit your selection, but trumpeting horns and frantic piano riffs definitely bring the Big Easy mojo. Finally, you … <strong>… whip up some authentic Mardi Gras fare.</strong> This really puts the icing on the cake. And, speaking of cake, “king cake” should definitely be in your dessert lineup along with the obligatory beignets. For appetizers and a main course, consider serving shrimp po’ boys, boiled crayfish, jambalaya, gumbo, étouffée and Cajun dirty rice. <a title="ATG Stores Homepage" href="http://www.atgstores.com/default.aspx" target="_blank">ATGStores.com</a> hopes you have a great 2014 Mardi Gras celebration!
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