Mardi Gras Party in San Francisco Bay Area

by Robbie Schlosser · 1 comment

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A Mardi Gras Party?  You can plan one anytime, and why not?

Next year Mardi Gras falls on February 9, but any time is right for “letting the good times roll” with a lively Mardi Gras party.

I recently wrote about how easy it is to plan wedding music and to host an office holiday party.

Magnolia Jazz Band in San Francisco

For example, here we are recently — tuning up (far right, way in the back), preparing to entertain at an elegant San Francisco cocktail party.  Thanks to my friend Gustavo Fernandez for the photo.

It’s just as easy to create a memorable Mardi Gras party.

World-wide, there’s a long tradition of celebrating the day before Ash Wednesday with high-spirited festivities.  Since the 1800s, the people in the city of New Orleans have made celebrating a fine art.

So whenever you want an unforgettable event, you can’t go wrong with a New Orleans-style Mardi Gras party.

All the standard features are set for you, and the details are usually available in abundance.  For the upbeat mood, you need old-style New Orleans jazz.  Period.

For food, you can include Po’ Boys, Jambalaya, gumbo, oysters, crawfish, garlic chicken, beans & rice, Andouille sausage, blackened fish, Hurricanes, beignets & chicory coffee, Bananas Foster…  this is a LONG list.  Many more delicacies could be added, and it’ll be a shame to skip anything.

For decor, the sky’s the limit.  Party props can set the atmosphere with everything from scenes of New Orleans landmarks to Mardi Gras beads, coins and trinkets.  Party-goers can wear vivid purple-green-and-gold costumes, sport decorative masks, and “second-line” with colorful umbrellas.

While you’re planning, you can Google “Mardi Gras” for any of the above details (music, food, recipes, costumes, decor), and you’ll find tons of useful information.  But keep your plan simple at first, then add details until you have your party the way you want.

Keep it fun — it’s a celebration after all.

Have you ever planned a Mardi Gras party?  Planning another one soon?  What special features do you like to include?

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Meanwhile, the Magnolia Jazz Band entertains at weddings and parties throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. If you are ever nearby, you’ll love catching us in action, seeing and hearing us create a great mood.

How can I help you? Call 408-245-9120 or use Robbie@MagnoliaJazz.com. Planning a celebration? Ask about our availability.

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