Set the Scene
Bring the French Quarter to you with Mardi Gras decorating supplies. Set the scene by using scene setters and add-ons to recreate Bourbon Street. Start by wrapping a brick wall scene setter around the room. Then place add-ons. Use different French Quarter Revelers, Floats, and fans to set the party mood. Once the walls are decorated, add fluffs, swirls, and fans with bright purple, green and gold to bring the party together.
Mask and Beads for ALL
Pull out the beads and party mask! It’s a Mardi Gras party that your guests will not want to miss full of jazzy green, purple, and gold like the New Orleans roads. When inviting your revelers, make sure they do not forget their mask of bling, lace and feathers along with their boas and party attire. Nothing is more exciting than seeing what extravagant costumes your guests will wear to the party. Hand out party beads as guests arrive and also scatter them throughout the house for eye catching décor.
Use Rue Bourbon Street tableware for your guest to load their plates full with Cajun food. Toss Mardi Gras party confetti on your table to give it an extra NOLA pop. Use Hurricane glasses or party glasses to serve up your drinks. Finish creating the party scene with good ol’ Cajun cooking and drinking!
King Cake Jelly Shots
12 (2 oz.) glass or plastic shot glasses
1 3/4 cup prepared lemonade
4 envelopes plain gelatin
1 1/4 cups cake-flavored vodka
2 teaspoons sweetened condensed milk (up to 4 tablespoons can be used to sweeten to taste)
3 bowls (one for each color)
1 Gushers candy (optional*)
vanilla Betty Crocker ready to spread frosting for rims
sugar Purple, yellow and green sugar sprinkles for rims
(regular Liquid food coloring green, regular yellow and neon purple)
for Silver edible glitter between gelatin layers (optional)
- Dip the rim of each shot glass into the vanilla frosting, and then dip 1/3 of the rim into purple sugar sprinkles, 1/3 into yellow sugar sprinkles and 1/3 into green sugar sprinkles as pictured. Set glasses aside.
- Pour lemonade into a small saucepan and sprinkle with gelatin. Allow to soak for a minute or two. Heat over low, stirring constantly, until the gelatin is dissolved (about 5 minutes). Remove from the heat, stir in cake vodka and sweetened condensed milk.
- Divide gelatin mixture between 3 bowls (about 1 cup in each bowl). Use liquid food coloring to color each. FOR PURPLE: 4 drops of NEON purple. FOR YELLOW: 4 drops of regular yellow. FOR GREEN: 4 drops of regular green.
- Use a food baster or tablespoon to add about one tablespoon of the purple gelatin to each of the shot glasses. Refrigerate until set but still sticky when touched, about 20 minutes.
- Remove glasses from fridge and sprinkle one teaspoon of silver edible glitter over purple gelatin. Tap gently to even out. Then carefully spoon or squirt about one tablespoon of yellow gelatin into each glass. Refrigerate until set but still sticky, about 20 minutes. *ABOUT THE GUSHERS CANDY: If you want to hide a surprise in one of the shot glasses (in King Cake tradition), drop one Gusher into ONLY ONE of the shot glasses after pouring the yellow gelatin. Refrigerate with the others until the yellow layer is set but still sticky, about 20 minutes.
- Remove glasses from fridge and sprinkle one teaspoon of silver edible glitter over the yellow gelatin. Tap gently to even out. Then carefully spoon or squirt about one tablespoon of green gelatin into each glass. Refrigerate at least two hours or overnight until fully set.
- Garnish with sweetened whipped cream and sugar sprinkles, if desired, and serve with small spoons. (Or, if using plastic shot glasses, you can squeeze the shots out of the glasses – bottoms up!)