How to Throw a Mardi Gras Party

How to Throw a Mardi Gras Party

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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Visit the Exhibition Coal Mine

Exhibition Coal Mine

If you live in Beckley, you’re aware of the city’s rich coal mining history. But have you taken the time to learn about what that job was like? Plan a visit to the Exhibition Coal Mine and you can see firsthand what the day-to-day life of a coal miner was like. The Exhibition Coal Mine brings in plenty of local and out-of-town visitors each year. Open from April 1st to November 2nd for drop-in tours, and all year for large groups, a visit to the Coal Mine is a great way to spend a day with friends and family.

Visitors hop aboard for a ride into the dark, cavernous passageways of the coal mine. Each guided tour is led by a veteran miner who can offer excellent first-hand explanations of every nook and cranny of the mine and the job itself. The tour’s route goes up to 1,500 feet and makes st ops at important sites so that the guide can explain their significances. The coal mine is always 58 degrees inside, so be sure to bring a jacket!

Once you’ve taken the tour, learn what a real Appalachian frontier settlement would have looked like at the Mountain Homestead. Check out the log house, the one-room schoolhouse, the blacksmiths’ and more. Be sure to pack a lunch and enjoy a picnic at one of the lovely picnic tables before you head home!