There’s nothing as good at getting rid of the winter blues as a great, colorful party. Mardi Gras has been celebrated all around the world for many years, and it makes for a fun, thematic get together. Here’s how to throw the perfect Mardi Gras party this year.
As with any great party, you’ll need to set the mood. Decorate using the Mardi Gras colors: purple, green, and gold. Hang streamers, blow up balloons, and be sure you have plenty of traditional beads. Encourage guests to dress up in masquerade wear to add to the ambiance.
Before your guests arrive, set up a playlist full of New Orleans jazz, zydeco and other music from the Big Easy. Clear a space where guests can dance and mingle. Create a craft station and invite guests to decorate their own masquerade masks with feathers, paint, glitter, and ribbon.
Mardi Gras is all about one last indulgence before Lent, so the food is an important part! Turn New Orleans classics like Muffuletta sandwiches into bite size snacks. Serve Cajun classics like red beans and rice, fried catfish, or jambalaya. And don’t forget to bake a big, colorful King Cake with a prize inside. Traditionally, whoever eats the piece with the prize becomes King for the day!
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When you have finally found the perfect Christmas tree for your home, it’s important to know how to get it home. To help make sure that you, your car, and your tree return home intact, follow these tips to get your Christmas tree home safely.
The needles of a pine tree can do a lot of damage to your car’s paint job. One of the best ways to avoid this from happening is to wrap the tree before placing it on your car’s roof. The best way of doing so is using netting, which many tree farms use when you purchase your tree. If you don’t have netting, simply wrap the branches in a blanket or tarp to keep both your tree and your car from getting damaged.
Point it the right direction
Choosing the perfect tree is hard work, and it’s likely you don’t want it to be ruined by the time you get home. Pointing the tree trunk towards the front of your car, though, is a great way to avoid any ruffled—or lost—pine needles. It cuts down on any possible wind damage that could occur.
Secure it well
You don’t want to lose your tree before you even get home, so strap it down securely. If your car has roof rails, use bungee cords or rope to secure it. For cars that don’t, there’s an easy fix. First, open your car doors. Then, tie the tree down by looping the rope through your car and up, over your tree. Do this multiple times, and then shut your doors. This should ensure your tree is safe for the ride home.