Mardi Gras is one of the loudest, wildest parties in the world, but the annual event is also another great excuse to cook for friends. Invite your pals over to indulge in lots of Creole, Cajun and French food -- and of, course, some classic cocktails. Hey, it's called Fat Tuesday for a reason!
tips + how-tos
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Just Bead It
Decorate the table -- and your guests -- with throw bead necklaces. (accentannex.com)
Toss around Mardi Gras Coins (called doubloons) just like the ones from the floats. (accentannex.com)
Go incognito by wearing a traditional Mardi Gras feather mask. (orientaltrading.com)