Mardi Gras has grown to be celebrated in various parts of the United States, but none with the pomp and pageantry of places like Mobile and New Orleans. The carnival celebrations run from on or after the Christian feasts of the Epiphany to the day before Ash Wednesday, known as Fat Tuesday (Wikipedia). These colorful, fun events bring lighthearted fun in the midst of the winter/early spring seasons.
Help your friends and family get in on the fun by giving them Mardi Gras Gift Baskets Filled With a Selection of These 16 Things.
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King Cake is a centerpiece food of Mardi Gras. This sweet doughy cake is generally topped with icing and colored sugar. It may also be filled with any of a number of delicious fillings including cream cheese, apple, or chocolate or left hollow in the center. A small plastic baby doll is hidden somewhere in the cake and the person who finds it is tasked with bringing the king cake to the festivities the next year. Give your gift recipient the makings of a King Cake with Mam Papaul’s Famous New Orleans Mardi Gras King Cake Mix with Praline Filling.
Mardi Gras Beads are common “throws” by riders on floats to the spectators during many parades in New Orleans and other areas. Include some beads in your gift baskets so folks can enjoy giving them to their friends and family or wearing them proudly . These Assorted Color Mardi Gras Throw Beads : package of 12, will make your gift basket colorful.
In Mobile and some other areas along the Gulf Coast, Moon Pie Original Marshmallow Sandwich Cookies are tasty treats rained down from parade floats.
To go along with these parade throws, add in some Doubloons. These lightweight decorative coins often get tossed from floats along with the other throws. Ones like Mardi Gras Plastic Coins 100 Per Bagare colorful, fun additions to any gift basket.
Along, with parades many krewes and mystic societies host balls for their members and invited guests. Dress code is often formal gowns and tuxes. Some attendees include Masks as part of their apparel. This Mask It Mardi Gras Satin and Feather Half Mask is a crowd pleaser.
Not ball apparel, but certainly parade apparel is an attention attracting hat such as this Glitz ‘N Gleam Jester Hat (w/bells).
Let’s get back to the theme of food, because what basket would be complete without it. Consider adding these yummy foods with a Deep South flair such as Cafe Du Monde Coffee and Chickory, 15 Ounce, Aunt Sally’s Creamy Original Pralines,and Zapps Potato Chips – Voodoo.
Put some Mardi Gras Party Dessert Plates, 8ct in your gift for people to eat all their yummy treats on.
Keep your friends or family’s furniture safe from the cold drinks with these Thirstystone Stoneware Mardi Gras Masks Coasters.
Give a gift that will let your friends and family learn all about Mardi Gras with Gaston® Goes to Mardi Gras and Mimi’s First Mardi Gras for the younger set or Mardi Gras in Mobile and New Orleans Carnival Krewes: The History, Spirit & Secrets of Mardi Grasfor the grown ups.
And what celebration would be complete without a few toe tapping tunes. Check out Mardi Gras Party.
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What a great idea! I’m excited about the Mardi Gras season! The first parade on the Gulf Coast rolls today, but we will be in New Orleans enjoying the sights and sounds (although we aren’t planning to specifically go to a parade).
Stopping by from Sharefest!
Me too. I love some colorful fun in the midst of winter.
Mrs. AOK says
I want a Mardi Gras gift basket!!
This is such an awesome idea. My daughter was born on Fat Tuesday, a couple years ago her birthday fell on Fat Tuesday and we had a Mardi Gras themed party, it was fun. 🙂
Thanks for sharing with us at Mommy Monday.