Laissez les Bons Temps Rouler! The Key Elements to a Great Mardi Gras Party

Even if you’re not a bar in the deep south, a Mardi Gras party is one of the ultimate celebrations everyone can enjoy. 

Let's take a look at what the key elements of a great Mardi Gras party are and how to make a profit from them.

Mardi Gras mask against flowers with purple decor


It’s not Mardi Gras without decorations! Help get your customers in the mood by decorating your bar to the hilt to make it look like New Orleans itself. Provide beaded necklaces, masks, yellow, green and purple lighting, and set up a photo booth backdrop for selfies aplenty! Creating this mood will put people in the party mindset, where they can be a little more frivolous with their funds.

Music and Video

Music and music videos can get any party started with people pumped into a atmosphere with a kick. And what is a Mardi Gras celebration without some jams from the Big Easy? A Control Play playlist ensures you have a mix of New Orleans-inspired jazzy tunes, popular dance songs, and other high-energy tracks to create an atmosphere of fun that stays on theme.

Themed Cocktail drinks

Good cocktails are a cornerstone of any Mardi Gras event. Remember that you’ll be catering to a huge crowd, so plan to create signature cocktails that are not only easy to make, but also easy to serve up in batches. That means no muddling of mint or picking out fussy garnishes. Keep those bad boys flowin'!

Branded merchandise

There is a ton of branded merchandise that people can take out and about with them when they leave your bar. Those beads that are such an essential part of Mardi Gras in New Orleans would be a good place to start. Whatever it is you're giving away to guests, make sure they know where they got it from. A little token will go a long way—people will remember your venue as the host of one of their best nights out!


As with the drinks, make sure you have some fabulous Southern food to offer. But make sure you're able to produce these dishes quickly and as inexpensively as possible. If they’re expensive to make and tricky for your staff to create, maybe shelve them for a quieter, more appropriate night.

To throw the mother of all Mardi Gras parties, work closely with Control Play! Our whole business is to create an atmosphere in your bar that will keep customers returning again and again.  

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