Mardi Gras King Cake & Cocktails Ideas

Get into the Mardi Gras spirit! Treat your Krewe to Fat Tuesday spritzers, juleps and King Cake! It's time for revelry, so make like the New Orleans Krewes and throw a festive party complete with a drink table. Put all your favorite cocktails and sodas into purple, green and gold drinkware, and add fun details to the table, like a mask centerpiece dripping with Mardi Gras beads! Find more cocktail and King Cake inspiration!

Idea 1: Deck out the champagne with a parade of beads!

Mardi Gras is a time of bright colors and daring theatrics – even the champagne bucket knows that! Add sparkle to your display by layering beads in the ice, and let these Mardi Gras mask pendants shine at the top. Let the good times roll!

Idea 2: Blackberries, bourbon and mint make for one yummy cocktail!

For a berry delicious mint julep, pour 3 oz. of bourbon over ice and blackberries and sprinkle on sugar. Yum! Then finish it off with 1 1/2 oz. of syrup muddled with mint, a splash of bitters and a dome of crushed ice. Garnish with a sprig of mint, a blackberry and yellow rock candy. Refreshing!

Idea 3: Cucumber hurricanes? Oh yes!

This drink is a fresh take on the French Quarter classic and looks dashing in green cups to match your party colors. For each drink mix the juice of two limes, 1 1/2 oz. vodka and 1/2 oz. triple sec. Finish it off with 3 oz. lemon-lime soda and a cucumber and lemon garnish. That's one tasty hurricane!

Idea 4: What goes best with Mardi Gras cocktails? King Cake!

King Cake is one tradition you don't want to miss! It's typically made of a brioche pastry dough that is braided and laced with cinnamon, but you can also create the effect with your fave white cake made in a bundt pan. Glaze the top with icing and decorate with green, gold and purple icing and sprinkles. Every cake has a tiny plastic baby figure hidden inside. The lucky one to find it throws next year's Mardi Gras bash!

Idea 5: Glitter faces on parade!

The Mardi Gras masks and colors are the most distinctive looks of the day, so why not include them in the table accents? Take a little inspiration from the spritzer flutes and fill a jumbo wine glass with beads and wrap it with a feathered mask. Everyone will love the French Quarter flair!

Idea 6: Plate pedestals are very intriguing!

Create your own plate display that's as much decoration as it is practical! All you'll need to do is attach gold plastic plates to candle holders and they're a fun addition to the Mardi Gras decor. If the candle holders are at different heights you get a neat tiered effect that also makes the plates easy to spot, even through a fancy mask!

Idea 7: How do you make vodka lemonade even better? Turn it Mardi Gras purple!

Purple Vodka Lemonade is an easy drink to mix in a pitcher to serve a krewe of guests. For every 1 1/2 oz. of vodka, pour in 3 oz. of lemonade and add blueberry syrup to taste. Place the pitcher, tumblers and a shot glass filled with blueberry garnishes on a gold platter – now you're ready for a crowd!