It’s Mardi Gras Baby!

If you know anything about us, you know that we look for excuses to theme out a playdate! And Mardi Gras is a good one! Moonpies, optional. Beads, a must!

First of all this doesn’t have to be elaborate or expensive. The dollar store is a great resource for Mardi Gras gear and don’t forget to check out your very own dress up box. Hats, glasses and feather boas of any shape, size and color will do! You know you have some beads hanging around somewhere from the good ole’ days… No one has to know how you *ahem*  “earned” them.

You can’t have a Bourbon Street set up at home without a King Cake… Here is an easy peasy recipe for making one of your own.

What you need:

  • 1 (13.9-ounce) can bread sticks
  • 1 (1-inch) heat proof plastic baby
  • 1 (12-ounce) can whipped cream cheese frosting
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • Green sanding sugar
  • Purple sanding sugar
  • Gold (yellow) sanding sugar

What you’ll do:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.

Open bread sticks. Press together the ends of 2 of the sticks to make 1 long stick. Repeat with the remaining bread sticks giving you 6 long sticks. Taking 3 at a time, loosely braid together. Repeat with remaining dough. Pinch the braids together end to end.

Leaving a 3-inch hole in the middle, loosely coil braids around one another on prepared baking sheet. Press ends together.

Bake in preheated oven for 16 to 20 minutes or until completely golden brown. Remove from oven and cool completely. Carefully insert the baby into the cake in between the seams of the braid.

In a medium pot combine the cream cheese frosting and heavy cream. Heat over low heat until warm and smooth, stirring constantly. Pour glaze over cake and sprinkle with sanding sugars.
New Orleans has the famous Hurricane.. Make a signature drink of your own that is fun for the kids to make and drink!

What You Need:

Cotton candy in any color
Sprite or any clear carbonated drink
clear cups and straws

What You’ll Do:

Fill the cup with ice and pour the sprite in.  Leave some space at the top, about 2 inches.
Get a piece of cotton candy and use your hands to shape it into a circle disk.
Gently poke the straw through it, then carefully place it in the cup at the top.
Try not to let the whole cotton candy dissolve into the drink, but if it does that’s fun too!

Don’t have any masks hanging around the dress up box? Pick up some feathers, a glue stick, some card stock and string of elastic and you have a great craft for the kids to do during the party, again, keep it simple!

Throw out some decorations in Green, Gold and Purple, put on some fun music and you’ll almost believe you’re on Bourbon Street! (almost)

Want to get in on some Parade Action? Make sure to check out the MOMS Club Mardi Gras Parade!

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