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Make Mardi Gras a Family Event

Make Mardi Gras a Family Event

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This year Mardi Gras officially falls on Tuesday, February 28th.  With all the families that live in and around our apartment community in El Paso, we thought it would be fun to help you plan and present a Mardi Gras party for kids of all ages!  (And it doesn’t have to be on the 28th!)  
To get you going, we have gleaned the ideas below from a variety of entertaining websites.  We’re sure that the details below will be a good start to what we hope will be a great party for all the families that live in and around Cantara this month.
Head to Party City to get the party started!
There are several Party City stores in El Paso that will take any stress you might have had out of the planning and production of your big event.  Just click here to see which location is more convenient for you.
Create the guest list and invitations. 
Sit down with your family and friends and decide who you want to invite to your personal Mardi Gras bash.   Create a colorful invitation and hand deliver them; it’s always more fun that way.  We like to purchase affordable masks and use them as the actual invitation.  On the back, use a pen to include the date, time and location of your party. The mask can then be worn by your guests to add some fun to the festivities.
If you don’t want to use the masks, colorful papers with feathers glued all about are an easy solution as well.  We like to use colors that are combinations of blue, gold, green, black and of course our favorite – purple!
Plan the menu.
There are ENDLESS options on-line from start to finish menus for a perfect Mardi Gras dinner.  Some of our favorite resources follow – and all have direct links to their Mardi Gras menus:

Get decorating.
You don’t have to do much to set the tone for a good time to come for all.  Outside, we like to set the scene and hang colorful Mardi Gras beads around the front entrance of our apartment at Cantara.  A sign that says “Welcome to New Orleans” is a clear and easy message as well. You could also put colorful pinwheels along the walkway; just be sure to pick them up after the party is over – or give them to the kids as they depart!

Don’t forget the music! 
Nothing sets the theme of a Mardi Gras party than traditional Cajun music.  A few moments on I-tunes or a quick search through your favorite music platform will surely offer a selection to get the party started and last throughout the night!

Make it special for ALL the kids! 
Adults usually have a good idea on how to have fun at an event like this.  But what about the kids?  Be sure they all get some beads to wear and play with upon arrival.   Masks are fun too.   And, and it never hurts to add a little history lesson to the occasion so be sure to make a KING CAKE and explain its background upon presentation.

Make it a tradition!
Why not do this every year? Seems like a great idea to us.  Have fun!

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