This year’s Mardi Gras fell on Tuesday, the 21st. Mardi Gras is celebrated around the world, but most famously in Brazil’s Carnival and New Orleans’s series of parades and parties. It’s a chance for people to indulge before entering the Christian Lenten season, a time of reflection and fasting. While the heavy indulgence and wild parties are too excessive for an assisted living setting, you can still capture the spirit of Mardi Gras and make it a fun celebration for residents. Mardi Gras is all about good food, bright colors, and merriment–who doesn’t like that?
Perhaps one of the most iconic items associated with Mardi Gras is beaded necklaces. In New Orleans, these trinkets are tossed from floats in the parades. Many online shops offer large quantities of these necklaces at affordable prices. It’s easy to stock up and have several on hand to share with residents. Another fun part of Mardi Gras is the wild and colorful masks worn by revelers. Making masks is a great craft project. All you need is paper plates for the base and glitter, ribbons, or other baubles for decoration. This tutorial shows a quick and easy way to make masks.
Don’t forget the King Cake. This is a sweet confection that comes decorated in the traditional Mardi Gras colors, purple, gold and green. A small plastic baby is hidden inside the cake, and the person who finds the baby is supposed to carry on the fun by hosting the next party. There are many recipes for king cake online, and it’s an easy way to add a festive touch to your celebration.
Take your cue from this Kentucky nursing home and bring the fun and festivity of Mardi Gras to your facility.