Mardi Gras Themed Sweet 16 Party Ideas

Is your soon-to-be-16 daughter all about fun and festivity? And is her birthday sometime in late February? Then, why not throw her a Mardi Gras themed Sweet 16 party! She and her guests can get dressed up a la a masquerade ball, and wear sparkly masks and face painting. Then, host them in a venue decked out in festive Fat Tuesday style, serving treats and drinks inspired by this famed New Orleans celebration. Need ideas and inspiration? Read on! This post contains affiliate links. You can find our disclosure statement here.

Sweet 16 Table Decor with a Mardi Gras Theme

A Mardi Gras theme is your chance to go over the top with the party table decor! Think iconic elements (beads, masks, feathers, crowns, fleur-de-lis) in a purple, green and gold palette.

Mardi Gras Sweet16 Decor // Curated by Bellenza.

Take inspiration from these featured finds:

1 – Mardi Gras subway art – This free printable from Little Lucky Tree would make a perfect welcome sign or a backdrop for the buffet or favors table.

2, 6 – Tablescape details – See how Celebrate and Decorate used gold plates and chargers, feathered masks, goblets filled with Mardi Gras beads, fancy purple glasses and more!

3 – DIY glitter votives – They’re flameless, too! Just follow the tutorial from Best Friends for Frosting.

4 – Fleur de lis napkin rings – Such an elegant finishing touch for purple napkins, spotted on Marsha’s Creekside Creations.

5 – Centerpieces filled with chocolate coins in Mardi Gras foil wrappers – An instant themed accent piece, found via Home is Where the Boat Is.

Mardi Gras Inspired Party Sweets and Drinks

Treat the Sweet 16 party guests to colorful confections and non-boozy beverages that capture the revelry of Mardi Gras!

Here are our picks of recipes you can make yourself, treats you can order and even a printable set to play up the theme. These would be perfect for setting up a dessert table.

Mardi Gras Sweet 16 Sweets // Curated by Bellenza.

1 – King Cake dipHomemade Hooplah’s nod to this traditional Mardi Gras confection—but with a twist: cake batter dip topped with caramel and pecans, then served with candy and sprinkle dipped pretzels!

2 – Mardi Gras cake – The birthday girl will love an elegant creation like this one from The Pastry Studio.

3 – Cupcakes in party printables – Whether home-baked or store-bought, frosted cupcakes get a Mardi Gras spin with harlequin wrappers and toppers, downloadable from The Posh Event.

4 – Fleur de lis and mask cookies – Beautiful iced cookies like these from Flour Box Bakery (via Pinterest) would make delightful favors.

5 – Jello shots – A light and easy treat that’s fancied up for Fat Tuesday, with this recipe from Tablespoon.

6 – Mardi Gras punch – A non-alcoholic concoction from Real Advice Gal, made with lemon-lime and grape sodas, pineapple juice, and lemon and lime slices for garnish.

Invitations for a Mardi Gras/Masquerade Sweet 16 Party

The fun starts way before the party with Mardi Gras (or Masquerade) themed invitations sent out to guests! We’ve picked seven unique designs from Zazzle for you to check out.

Mardi Gras Sweet 16 Invites // Curated by Bellenza.

Just click on the product name for the full description and ordering details:

  1. Feather mask Masquerade Party card via Zazzle
  2. Mardi Gras rainbow glow Sweet 16 Party ticket via Zazzle
  3. Mardi Gras Sweet 16 Party invitation via Zazzle
  4. Pink mask Sweet 16 Party invitation via Zazzle
  5. Sweet 16 Masquerade Ball invitation via Zazzle
  6. Mardi Gras Sweet 16 Party invitation via Zazzle
  7. Masquerade Birthday Gold Glitter Wild Mask Card via Zazzle

Just a month to go before Mardi Gras. So order those invites and get the decor and menu prep started!

For more Mardi Gras tablescape ideas, visit our feature posts here, here and here. And see creative favor ideas here.


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