Our menu consisted of all our favorite southern recipies. We had shrimp and grits, the shirmp, of course, had to be wrapped in bacon for the true southern taste. We also had jambalya, french bread, fruit and a green salad. We tried to color coordinate the food as well and choose fruit that were the mardi gras colors.
We also aimed to color coordinate our beverages. Marilyn, Mike's mom, brought her delicious homemade grape juice and we also served lemon, lime water.
See that Cajun Power Garlic Sauce in the background. We learned about that from Big Kev, one of the best chefs in New Orleans. Learn about when we met him here, I mention loving that sauce in that post.
For dessert we had these fun sugar cookies. I made the cookies before hand then had them out for people to decorate while we waited for all the guests to arrive. It was fun to see the different patterns and designs different people came up with.
After dinner and dessert we picked a Mardi Gras king and queen to reign over the festivities. Each of them picked an attenedant, Will was the king and picked John for his attendant and Nora was the queen with Evie and her helpful attendant.
Will's smile kills me, so adorable and happy!
here, and scroll to the bottom of the posts to see some of the examples. Mom and dad represented members of a krew and threw a whole bunch of mardi gras prizes to their fans below. Each mardi gras krew member can spend up to $1000 dollars on throws alone and have to throw their items at a rate of like 27 items a second or something very close to that. We toned it down just a bit for our small crowd, but the kids sure loved everything they got from these krew members. It was definitely a highlight of the evening.
To end our fun night on a sweet note we all got a piece of king cake. The tradition of the King Cake originated in France around the 12th century. These early Europeans celebrated the coming of the three wise men bearing gifts twelve days after Christmas calling it the Feast of the epiphany, Twelfth Night, or King's Day. The cakes were made circular to portray the circular route used by the kings to get to the Christ Child, which was taken to confuse King Herod. In Louisiana, Twelfth Night also signifies the beginning of the carnival season which ends with Mardi Gras Day. A bean, pea, coin or a small plastic baby that symbolizes the Christ Child is baked into each cake. The person who gets the baby or coin is expected to carry on the carnival festivities by hosting the next King Cake party.
My dad made a very delicious king cake. King cake is a yummy spice cake that usually has a lemon glaze. Sometimes they are filled with cream cheese or fruit filling.
John got the coin! So it looks like we will all be heading to Arizona for our next King Cake Mardi Gras party.