Sure, I honor the holiday with a batch of étouffée. I even go as far as accepting my father-in-law’s usual Sazerac offer, despite not yet developing a taste for this potent cocktail. Still, it never feels like I do the Carnival justice.
But, earlier this year I had a chance to visit New Orleans for the first time. (Hello New Orleans, long time lover, first time visitor!) I was escorted by seasoned visitors the Sazerac-loving father-in-law, queen of bayou cuisine mother-in-law, and my fun-loving Mister. We tackled that town like it was sprouting legs and running away– hitting the St. Louis Cemetery to visit famous Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau, riding the St. Charles Streetcar through the Garden District, and watching quintessential blues legend Dr. John perform at Tipitina’s.
Oh, the French Quarter? We tackled that too. And, boy, did we eat.
So, this year, the Carnival season not only seems possible, it seems necessary. And, lucky for this geeky web girl, I am surrounded by creative people, who figure out the best party crafts. Take these festive Mardi Gras masks made from our Mask Kit .
I saw these and thought to myself, “Man, I can actually do that!” Perhaps some of you can too? Dig around in that craft closet (or drawer) and pull out your glitter papers, decorative papers, stickles, adhesive gems, embellishments and ribbon. Then invite your friends over for an evening of Cajun crafting. Set the mood with Zydeco and gumbo. And, if your crowd needs a little “creative juice,” then mix up a round of Sazeracs (history and recipe from Esquire).
Laissez les bons temps rouler!