kingcakes1If traveling to celebrate Mardi Gras isn’t on your agenda this week, you can still celebrate at home.  Mardi Gras isn’t just for adults; kids can have fun, too! New Orleans, La., Mobile, Ala., and Pensacola, Fla., are all great places to experience Mardi Gras! If you aren’t heading out to Mardi Gras parades this week, throw a Mardi Gras party of your own!

Put on a parade in your neighborhood. Get the neighbors together, decorate wagons, dress up the family dog and go for a walk! 

Plan a Mardi Gras meal. When we travel to New Orleans, I eat crawfish etouffee for just about every meal. I can’t get enough but I have never made it at home. This year, in honor of Mardi Gras, I am going to try to make a full Mardi Gras meal with etouffee, red beans and rice, and jambalaya.

Make a King Cake with the kids. You can order a King Cake from several famous NOLA bakeries but my kids and I prefer to make our own. Take a can of cinnamon rolls, fold the rolls like a hot dog, and bake.  Cover them with the icing and colored sugar.  It may not be the most authentic King Cake, but it is still tasty.

Decorate Mardi Gras masks. Create a Mardi Gras mask of your own with purple, green and yellow feathers, glitter and more. Make the masks together as a family and wear them for a walk with the dog or your Mardi Gras meal.

How do you celebrate Mardi Gras? Where is your favorite place to celebrate Mardi Gras?

Don’t forget to share your Mardi Gras memories and ideas at the Traveling Mom Twitter Party, Monday, February 20!