Celebrate someone’s birthday with an unforgettable Mardi Gras party

You may think Mardi Gras is a holiday typically reserved for those who can make their way to New Orleans, but believe it or not, you can feel inspired by the holiday when planning any type of shindig. What's great about Fat Tuesday is that its festive nature lends itself perfectly to a birthday party. Here are a few ideas for throwing a unique and joyous celebration.

The colors of Mardi Gras are purple, green and gold, so go nuts with those three when decorating. Send your invitations out on gold-colored paper with green text and purple glitter. Have bowls of purple, green and gold Skittles sitting out. Decorate the cake with purple icing. The possibilities are endless!

There are plenty of games you can play at this party. At the start of the evening, give your guests a bag of birthday party favors that includes personalized shot glasses, and doubloons (chocolate gold coins). You can also throw in personalized candy wrappers with the birthday guy or gal's name on them.