IMG_0173Is it possible to make the holiday known for alcohol fueled bead bargaining by half-naked people family friendly?  The answer is ‘yes’.  Mardi Gras has become synonymous with New Orleans so here are 5 suggestions that focus on the food and culture and not Bourbon Street so much.

I think we can all agree that fried dough is fabulous.  Start the morning of Fat Tuesday off with beignets.  You can find the recipe for the gorgeous ones below here.  Or you can order a mix from the famous Cafe Du Monde here.

beignetimage: Baker Bettie

You can’t celebrate Mardi Gras without a mask. Let the kids pick their own at your local party store or they can make one.  Find supplies and directions here.IMG_0182

Put together a simple centerpiece for the table.  Start with a vase and then add beads and masks for a festive look.IMG_0195

Cook up a Cajun inspired dinner with this jambalaya recipe.  Don’t forget the jalapeno cornbread.

jambalayaimage: my recipes

No Mardi Gras meal would be complete without a King cake.  Whoever finds the baby boy hidden in the cake gets a year of good luck.

cakeimage: Taste of Home

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