Mardi Gras and New Orleans are a party on a grand scale that is known world-wide. Re-create a piece of that atmosphere at home for a fun time for everyone. This party theme is very versatile and can apply to small or large crowds, casual or formal parties. Masks, beads, boas and hats are all great accessories that get your guests involved in the theme. The standard Mardi Gras color scheme of purple (representing justice), green (for faith) and gold (for power) also gives a lot of flexibility for decorations (I like to expand the color scheme to include blues as well).