Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, Carnival, whatever you call it, this rowdy, festive day (or season) marks the last hoorah before we begin a somber season of self and soul-improvement. I've mentioned before that I attended a Catholic grade school. One of the perks of said school was that we had a Mardi Gras party every year! Student were encouraged to dress up, we binged on soda, chips, and King-cake, and got to dance and just enjoy an easy afternoon before the entire school was decked out in purple.
If you haven't already made plans for tonight, I want to encourage you to celebrate Mardi Gras in some way. We see this day (with religious origins) perverted into a beads contest in New Orleans and binge opportunity for many at the bars. Consider digging into some Mardi Gras traditions or making your own so that you and your children can embrace their religious culture, away from what popular culture has turned it into.
Ideas for Celebrating Mardi Gras
1.) Brinner (Breakfast-for-Dinner)
Pancakes are a traditional Fat Tuesday meal. Served with a side of bacon and maybe a mimosa or Bloody Mary, you can enjoy lots of what you'll be giving up starting tomorrow! You jazz up your pancakes with chocolate chips, Nutella, or whatever else you enjoy. Have a fun brinner with your family and enjoy the night.
2.) Crank up the music
Have an at-home parade with your littles, let them dress up as wild and crazy as possible in honor of Carnival tradition. Just you and your partner? Dress up and make it a nice night (or down and just snuggle up). Either way, turn on some music and have some fun before entering a somber holy season.
3.) Kings and Queens
Traditionally, the cake would have two little tokens in it that would be baked into the men's cake and women's cake that would result in a crowned king and queen of the party. If you're cooking for a crowd, this would be more a of competition with a prize of sorts. Just cooking for two? King-cake has its own special recipe worth trying for a fun dessert.
4.) Beads, Decor, Etc.
Mardi Gras is a bright, loud, colorful holiday. If you have the time and a little bit of spare change, why not decorate and brighten up your night. You could also just grab some green, purple, and gold sprinkles to add to your pancakes or king cake. Regardless, let Fat Tuesday be a bright and exciting day that celebrates life!
My husband and I have celebrated Mardi Gras since we were dating. One of my favorite memories of him is coming home from a really exhausting day to find him cooking pancakes at my house, wearing cheap plastic beads. I knew I had something special when he was willing to participate in a holiday-not-holiday because I had casually mentioned it.
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