Mardi Gras party fun!

17 Feb

Saturday was spent with a couple of my girlfriends baking, cooking, and decorating for our friends’ 2nd Annual Mardi Gras party. They honeymooned in New Orleans and fell in love with the city, food, and atmosphere and now host a party to celebrate that love. Everyone brings a New Orleans inspired dish to share and there’s plenty of beads, feathers, and fun to go around.

20130217-202051.jpgCheck out my new feather mask!

We had a great spread of delicious food and desserts. Muffaletta, bourbon chicken, cajun deviled eggs with shrimp, cajun catfish spread, hot crab dip, brie en crute, pepper jelly, bananas foster cupcakes, gumbo, and King cake.

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I made the hot crab dip with crispy baguette slices. It was pretty easy to make and it turned out phenomenal. We had to send someone out for another baguette because it went fast!

20130217-202113.jpgOur host made some killer gumbo with shrimp, chicken, and andouille sausage. Authentic and amazing! (I’m really wishing we brought some containers so we could bring some home for leftovers. What were we thinking?!)

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I also helped make the bananas foster cupcakes complete with caramelized bananas on top. Homemade King Cake was a highlight of the party – complete with mini baby inside. The person who gets the baby inside their slice of cake is traditionally either King or Queen of the party or hosts the next one. Since our friends do this annually, they gave a prize instead. This year was a nice bottle of tequila.

20130217-202106.jpgCan’t forget the authentic New Orleans beer – Abita!

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It was such a fun time and so much good food! I devoured so many delicious things and pretty sure I’m still full.

20130217-204325.jpgLooking forward to next year!

Anyone else have a Mardi Gras celebration?

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