February 16th, 2010


Mardi Gras Masquerade 2010

Even though the perfect storm of scheduling conflicts had a lot of regular attendees lost to other events, whether Chinese New Year, Valentines celebrations, or going away for Presidents Day holiday weekend, still 20 of us had a fabulous time, with Lyle bringing a delicious homemade King Cake, everyone enjoying decorating the cookie masks, and Kevin C playing bartender all evening with his hurricane recipe, much better than the one I found. Kevin, I think you have a new annual job! ;)

This year I only decorated 10 edible masks as inspiration for the 30 plain ones for guests to get artistic. I did try a new marbling technique with food coloring into the wet royal icing basecoat swirled around with a toothpick, but I didn't think of the idea until most were already iced, so I only tried 3. I think they turned out very cool, but I would use other icing vs. straight food coloring since it was too dark, plus some spots didn't dry properly. The effect looks a bit like feathers, and nice to have finer detail than you can ever get with a piping tip.

This year's new idea was fried wonton Jester Hats...but as I feared, no one guessed what they were until I told them! Maybe little heads of something edible to be wearing the hats would give a better clue? They were cute enough & tasty without being super sweet or heavy, but they take forever to fold the wontons, and I used the deep fryer which is a bit of a mess. I may try again next year without frying them & see if I can make it easier and more identifiable.

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And the winners are...

Who Got Da Baby? Robin did!
Best Mask = Galt's asymmetrical feathered frenzy
Most Creative Mask = Knotty Robin & Charles made elaborate Chinese knots as their masks
Best Costume = Mardi Gras Barbieri Bling
Most Creative Costume = Glen the New Orleans Saints fan, complete with commemorative Superbowl mug
Best Edible Mask = Sheila's gorgeously detailed swirly creation

The reward for staying past 11pm was Beatles Rock Band! Sean & Laura had never played before, Kevin is now an expert from his own set, Glen has Guitar Hero & the Barbieris have Guitar Hero World Tour, so we all rocked until about 1:30am. Tween Ashlyn held her own on vocals & bass even though everyone else was over three times her age. ;) Rob had fun trying to get crazy photos of everyone, and I'm very thankful for him grabbing mine & Tracia's cameras when idle to get snaps of just about everything & everyone, which are all here in Gallery. Kevin got a video of us trying a song none of us knew, which was extra painful since the song was boring and just would NOT end! I said "there's a reason why none of us know this song!"

Cyd has traditionally been the laughter life of the party, and she did not disappoint, however she just might have competition for the title after Glen's display, ranging from bloody cookie performance art to incessantly chanting for Sean during Rock Band, giving us the giggle fits so hard I ended up crying! I haven't laughed that hard in a long time!

I am very glad for another successful party, especially since I had been worried and not as enthused myself. The lower attendance this year & last year plus less people coming in costume has had me wondering if people were bored enough that I should take a break from Mardi Gras for awhile, but after Robin got the baby and she & Charles offered to bring the King Cake next year, like the real tradition says, plus others talking about future costumes & many mentions of "next year" I guess I will keep it going! I didn't buy anything except food for this year's party, just used all decor & beads I already had, and even my costume I only purchased a few beads and added to a mask I already had...so I might as well keep throwing my easiest theme party of the year. :)

Happy Mardi Gras from Mardi Gras Girl aka Bourbon Street Britta!