Mad About Mardi Gras – Part 2

With Mardi Gras right around the corner, we’re bringing you ways to make your at-home celebration New Orleans worthy! In Part 1, we created a DIY Mardi Gras mask, and showed you how to decorate your table with all the festive colors. If you missed it, click here!

In Part 2, we’re brining you the cocktails, which is our favorite part! When thinking about what kind of cocktail to create for Mardi Gras, we decided that Jell-O shots were the way to go. Is there anything more appropriate for bead throwing than a festive Jell-O shot?!

These take a bit of time to make, but are so worth it. Check out the recipe below!

MARDIS GRAS LAYERED JELL-O SHOTS

To make these super fun, Mardi Gras layered Jell-O shots, you will need to get a few supplies from your local grocery store and liquor store. We love the bright colors of these and you can even throw in some edible glitter to make your shots really shine. Please keep in mind that these need to be made at least a day ahead of time, as the three Jell-O flavors need to set individually in order to achieve the picture-perfect layering effect!

YOU WILL NEED

  • 1 box of grape Jell-O
  • 1 box of lime Jell-O
  • 1 box of lemon Jell-O
  • Lemon juice
  • Lime juice
  • Vodka
  • Limoncello
  • Chambord
  • Champagne flutes – our personal fave is this travel one!
  • Whipped cream (optional for topping!)

STEP 1: PURPLE JELLO

  1. Boil water
  2. Mix 1 cup boiling water with grape Jell-O
  3. Add 1/4 cup lime juice, 1/4 cup Chambord, and 1/2 cup vodka to the Jell-O mixture
  4. Pour into flutes 1/3 of the way full and refrigerate for 2-4 hours until set

STEP 2: YELLOW JELLO

  1. Boil water
  2. Mix 1 cup boiling water with lemon Jell-O
  3. Add 1/4 cup lemon juice, 1/4 cup limoncello, and 1/2 cup vodka to the Jell-O mixture
  4. Let Jell-O rest until cooled to room temperature, about 20 minutes
  5. Pour lemon Jell-O on top of the grape Jell-O until the flute is 2/3 full (we suggest pouring over a spoon to avoid creating any holes in the first layer!)
  6. Refrigerate 2-4 hours

STEP 3: GREEN JELLO

  1. Boil water
  2. Mix 1 cup boiling water with lime Jell-O
  3. Add 1/4 cup lime juice and 3/4 cup vodka to the Jell-O mixture
  4. Let rest until cooled to room temperature, about 20 minutes
  5. Pour lime Jell-O on top of lemon Jell-O and refrigerate 2-4 hours

For extra flare, put a dollop of whipped cream on top of the shots and a dash of sprinkles, or edible glitter. Grab a small spoon to easily scoop out the shot and cheers!

If you host a Mardi Gras party at home, we’d love to see it! Tag us on social media @jollityandco and use hashtag #partywithjollity

Mad About Mardi Gras – Part 1

THEME | Celebrating Mardi Gras at home

Mardi Gras is celebrated during the month leading up to the beginning of Lent.

Although there are many world-wide celebrations during Mardi Gras season its most notable celebrations are the grand finale parades, or carnivals, hosted in Rio do Janerio and New Orleans. The finale carnival night, known as Fat Tuesday, always falls the day before Ash Wednesday.

Unfortunately for 2021, the wide spread threat of Covid-19 has caused the famous carnivals to be cancelled. But have no fear! There are many festive ways to celebrate safely celebrate at home with family!

SET THE TABLE | Honoring tradition with color

No one is really certain why the first Rex, The King of Carnival, appointed purple, green and gold as the official colors of Mardi Gras but is rumored they are in honor of a visiting Russian Duke, Duke Alexei Alexandrovich Romanoff. It’s said purple represents justice, green is faith, and gold stands for power!

HOST THIS PARTY| Supplies to capture this look

In sticking with tradition we’ve decided Mardi Gras is the perfect place to highlight “Oh Kale No”, “Gold to Go” and the “Lilac You Lots” Posh collection colors. Sprinkled in are some additional items to finish the look!

FAMILY ACTIVITY| DIY Carnevale Masks

The carnevale mask tradition originated in Italy, to allow wearers the ability to mask their identity and mingle outside of their social class. This practice was a way to embrace the mystery of the event without societal constraints.  

Today, masks are mostly worn for fun, but a definite nod to the cultural history and excitement surrounding Mardi Gras! After all, who doesn’t love a good accessory?

FUN FACT: DURING THE PARADE FLOAT RIDERS ARE REQUIRED TO WEAR MASKS BY LAW!

CREATE THIS CRAFT| Supplies needed for this DIY

To get started on your Carnevale mask you will first need to round up a few supplies. Here’s a quick list of what we used to create this look.       

YOU WILL NEED

  • Oh Kale No or Lilac You Lots Dinner Plate
  • Hole Punch
  • Curling or Other ribbon
  • Elmer’s or Hot Glue- depending on who will be embellishing the mask
  • Feathers
  • Glitter, rhinestones or gems
  • Pencil
  • Scissors

STEP 1: CUTTING

Cut the bottom 1/3 of the dinner plate off. Using your pencil mark two eye holes on the plate and cut out. Remember your mask design is your own! Get creative with those cut lines, not all masks must be made the same.

STEP 2: TYING

With your hole punch, add a single hole to each side of the mask. Double knot the ribbon onto the mask, through the holes you just punched. Once that is complete, cut the ribbon in the middle. This allows you to have an even amount of ribbon on each side. And gives you the ability to tie the mask onto the wear vs guessing everyones head size.

STEP 3: DECORATE

Your mask is probably looking pretty fab by this point, but let’s take it to the next level. Mardi Gras masks are traditionally adorned with sparkle, feathers and shine. If you, a responsible adult, will be decorating the mask go grab your hot glue gun. If the masks are to be decorated by children, regular Elmer’s glue is recommended. Decorate until your heart is content. Allow proper drying time before wearing. Enjoy!

Stay tuned for part two, where we make a Mardi Gras inspired cocktail!

If you decorate, or do this craft, we’d love to see it. Tag us on social media @jollityandco and use hashtag #partywithjollity