Teen Mardi Gras Birthday Party

This weekend was my daughter’s birthday party sleepover.  She wanted a Mardi Gras inspired party but now officially a teenager, she was past playing games and did not want decorations.  I was still able to incorporate the theme into a craft, food, and minimal decorations.

Mardi Gras Party Decor

The banners were made with chalkboard cutouts and ribbon in the traditional Mardi Gras colors of purple, green, and gold.  Chalkboard markers were used to write theHappy Birthday message on the cutouts. I placed her one year picture and a recent picture on the mantel.  The great thing about the chalkboard cutouts is you can erase and reuse again later.    

The only other decorations were subway art that I framed and strung beads on.  I found the subway art here: Mardi Gras Subway Art Freebie.

Mardi Gras Themed Cupcakes

She wanted cupcakes in Mardi Gras colors. I found an easy recipe for Marti Gras Cupcakes at Four Sweetie Pies. Divide the cake batter into 3 bowls and add purple, green and gold food coloring gel to each.  You only need 1/4 tsp of the gel to get a vibrant color.  

Fill the cupcake wrapper with a scoop of each color side by side.  

After they are baked, they look like this inside.

I used vanilla frosting and purple, green, and gold sprinkles.  I found some cute free Mardi Gras party circle printable’s here:  Free Printable Mardi Gras Party Circles and attached to a lollipop stick for the cupcake topper.

I always like to serve drinks out of mason jars, but then I saw this idea here:  Mason Jar Drink Glasses.  I wrapped the top of the jar with purple, green, and gold ribbon and added a party circle for a nametag.  I used a hole punch on the lid, so I was able to slip a straw in. 

Mardi Gras Themed Craft

The girls decorated Mardi Gras masks for a craft, then ate dinner, watched a movie and played board games.

Favors for the party were a notebook with each girl’s initial, matching pen, and beads.  

I loved how the party turned out.  Happy 13th birthday!

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