Mardi Gras is in February. For those of you who live in the south, you know what a big deal it is around here.

Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, is the final day of Carnival. I’ve found some fun free party printables and a great King Cake recipe. If you are celebrating Mardi Gras, I hope you have a blast!!


Mardi Gras Mask Craft & Free Printable

Print and decorate your own Mardi Gras mask from Skip to My Lou


Mardi Gras Free PrintablesMardi Gras Crown Free Printable

Check out these fun Cut-Out Crowns & Jewels downloads from Print Picnic:


New Orleans King Cake Recipe

King Cake Recipe

Here is a yummy King Cake recipe from made with a bread machine. (my kind of easy!)

The cake is made with a rich Danish dough, baked and covered with a sugar topping in Mardi Gras colors; purple representing justice, green representing faith, and gold representing power.

In the mid-1900s, a small plastic baby became the symbol of this Holy Day and was placed inside of each King Cake. The New Orleans tradition is that each person takes a piece of cake hoping to find the plastic baby inside. The recipient of the plastic baby is “crowned” King or Queen for the day and that person is obligated to host the following year’s party and supply the King Cake.

Do you celebrate Mardi Gras? If so, what do you do?


Originally published on February 17, 2009. Last Updated on May 15, 2021 by Amy Locurto

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  2. I just heard about the King Cake the other day watching a rerun of Semi-Homemade on the Food Channel.

    We don’t really celebrate Mardi Gras, but I’d love to go down to New Orleans for Mardi Gras sometime!

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