Celebrate Fat Tuesday on Feb. 17 with a kid-friendly Mardi Gras party that’s both crafty and delicious. This New Orleans themed celebration will include free printables, easy recipes and fun crafts for the kids.
We used a purple plastic tablecloth so that the kids could do their crafts without worry. For the centerpiece, glue our printable to sticks. We used an inexpensive colorful decor piece from the party store as our base. We placed it inside a small glass vase and then added the sticks. A glittery face mask finished the piece.
Mardi Gras is all about color so use yellow, purple and green to create a festive place setting.
Mask and Bead Crafts
- 1 packet Mardi Gras Masks
- Wooden sticks
Kids will love designing their own Mardi Gras masks. Let the creativity flow as they glue feathers, rhinestones and glitter on the masks. After they are done, they can wear the beads and throw their own Mardi Gras parade.
Kids can use their imaginations to color or paint the crowns with this Mardi Gras coloring sheet. Add a little more bling by gluing rhinestones and glitter to the crowns. You can even cut them out and add a stick for a DIY photo prop.
- Mardi Gras Crown Coloring printable
- Rhinestones (optional)
Mardi Gras Foods and Recipes
Layered Jello Shooters
- 1 box Grape Jello
- 1 box Lime jello
- 1 box Lemon jello
- 1/4 cup Blackberries
- Cool Whip
- Shot glasses
Mix grape jello, lime jello and lemon jello as directed on package and fill each glass 1/3 up. Refrigerate until set. To serve, top with Cool Whip and a blackberry, as these are virgin shooters. Sprinkle with colored sprinkles if desired.
To rim glass, dab vanilla frosting around the top and roll in colored sprinkles. Add this to the glass prior to serving and after refrigeration as it might dissolve if left in refrigerator.
Mini Kings Cakes
A king cake is typically baked with little goodies inside, with one containing a plastic doll.
- 1 can Pillsbury Grand Biscuits
- 4 tablespoons butter (melted; plus more for brushing)
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice plus 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- Purple, green and yellow icing sugars (for decorating)
Preheat oven 350°F. Line muffin cups with cupcake liners. Mix together icing ingredients to form a thick but pourable topping. Set aside.
In a small bowl, combine the sugar and cinnamon. Open the package of biscuits and slice each in to 4 quarters. Form the quarters into balls.
Roll in melted butter and the sprinkle with sugars mixture. Place 4 each in a muffin tin.
Bake for 20 minutes or until rich golden on top but not crispy. Remove from oven and spoon frosting over each. As it melts sprinkle with yellow, purple and green icing sugar.
Slow Cooker Jambalaya
Mardi Gras is the perfect opportunity to introduce the kids to Cajun cooking. For the main course cook up a batch of Jambalaya.
Kids love corn on the cob. Cut the cobs in thirds and serve on a stick for a handheld party treat.