Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday, is one of the largest festivals of the year with history dating back to the 18th century. Although the largest festival takes place in New Orleans, Louisiana, you can bring Mardi Gras right to your own home. Here are some helpful and easy Mardi Gras decoration ideas using flowers!
Use Flowers to Help Decorate for Mardi Gras
Purple, green and gold are the most popular colors for Mardi Gras, so we love using these colors in a festival floral arrangement to celebrate the occasion! The official Mardi Gras colors were chosen for a reason by the King of the Carnival in 1892 with purple symbolizing justice, green for faith, and gold for power. Whether you’re looking for a decorative centerpiece or festive conversation starter, flowers are the perfect compliment to bring some life to your Mardi Gras decorations.
Mardi Gras Flowers in Purple, Green & Gold
Buying purple, green and yellow (gold) flowers and placing them in a decorative vase is a great way to spice up any space for Mardi Gras. If you can’t find green flowers , the green leaves work well, too. Take the three three colors of flowers and place them in a vase for a Fat Tuesday mixed bouquet that will be the hit of any party! If you can’t find flowers in the colors of green, purple or gold (yellow), you can always buy white flowers and dye or spray them yourself. Depending how creative you want to get, you can even create DIY Mardi Gras picks with fancy masks and plastic beads to really take your bouquet to the next level. Use glue to attach ornate Mardi Gras masks and feathers to skewers for a stunning effect.
If you don’t feel like arranging your own bouquet, you can also find already arranged flowers with similar colors like our It’s Your Day Bouquet®.
Create a Vase Using Festive Mardi Gras Beads
Those festive purple, green, and gold Mardi Gras beads flood the walls of your local party stores during this time of year, so grab a bundle of these inexpensive plastic necklaces to help dazzle! You can also order the beads online if you leave yourself enough time!
Option One: Throw a few necklaces into the vases with the water to help decorate the arrangement from the inside out.
Option Two: Make your very own Mardi Gras beaded vase by using a glue gun to wrap the beaded necklaces around the outside of the vase. For a funny and unexpected surprise, consider gluing a plastic baby to the bottom of the vase, similar to the Kings Cake. Then, it’s time to fill your Mardi Gras vase with some festive flowers!
Create Wearable Floral Décor
Turn flowers into interactive décor by creating beautifully festive corsages, floral crowns, pins, and more! If you plan on handing out Mardi Gras beads at your soiree, attach flowers to them! Using a simple needle and thread, poke a hole through the bottom of the flower (closest to the stem) and create a loop around the necklace. Then, simply tie a knot to secure and voila – you have a beautiful Mardi Gras flower necklace! If you leave flowers for your guests, they can also add them themselves for a DIY party idea.
Add Festive Flower Bundles Throughout
Putting together a jaw-dropping centerpiece is one floral Mardi Gras option, but we had this unique idea too to keep the Mardi Gras floral decorations throughout the whole event space! Pair appropriate colors together in bundles and create mini bouquets to spread all over the room. Add these tiny arrangements to any areas that could use a bit extra oomph – empty tables, mantle pieces, patios, and even bathrooms! At the end, let guests take the bouquets home as a party favor!
Decorate Food with Flowers
The menu is one of the most important parts of any celebration.. especially one called “Fat Tuesday!” Take some extra care when preparing your Cajun-inspired menu and decorate the dishes with some fragrant, freshly cut flowers – sure to wow guests and make for some photo-friendly foods! If you can’t find a king cake, try decorating cupcakes with purple, green, and gold flowers and fun toppers!