How to Bring Mardi Gras to Your House on a Budget

Posted on 02/10/2010

Mardi Gras is all about splurging. After all, it’s traditionally the last chance for those participating in Lent to enjoy whatever they plan to give up for the next 40 days. Go ahead—eat, drink and party your little heart out because with these tips you can bring Mardi Gras, to your house on a budget. Plus, don't forget to check out the deals over at the UltimateCoupons' Mardi Gras Coupons page!

Stick with Rice and Beans - Mardi Gras is all about Cajun and Creole food which often includes staples like rice and beans. The good news is those ingredients are among the cheapest you’ll find at the grocery store. Stick with easy recipes like the Man-Pleasin’ Jambalaya from It’s tasty, cheap and only requires getting one pot dirty.

Make Your Own King Cake - Order a traditional New Orleans King Cake from a bakery and you could easily pay $20 or more. Instead, use this recipe to turn a yellow cake mix into this Mardi Gras favorite for your party guests.

Decorate with Fleur-de-lis - The Fleur-de-lis is the official state symbol of Louisiana. It’s a three-petal flower design that often represents areas settled by France or locations with a strong French heritage. Download a Clip Art file of this often-used symbol and decorate cups, placemats or coasters with it. Free-hand a large Fleur-de-lis and hang it on the front door to welcome guests.

DIY Mardi Gras Masks - You don’t have to buy elaborate Mardi Gras masks for guests—just make your own. You’ll be amazed at what you can create with a Styrofoam plate, a glue gun, some glitter and these instructions from You can also embellish these free downloadable Mardi Gras Mask templates to make your own mysterious masterpieces.

Think Gold, Purple and Green - Pull out everything you own that’s in the Mardi Gras color scheme of gold, purple and green. Pick up some cheap, but festive streamers from for only $1.20 per 81 foot roll. Just simply adding splashes of these colors will go a long way in transforming your home into a Mardi Gras party zone even on a budget.

By Alison Storm

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Walgreens - Pick up paper plates, food, and all sorts of party must-haves, and save $10 off orders over $60 with coupon code HAPPYHEART. Expires 02/13/2010.

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