Host your own party or collection!

We are super excited to announce some new features to Mardi Bras VA.  

The Mardi Bras Party Kit is NOW AVAILABLE!!!  

Click here for more information

Many of you have hosted your own party – so this year, we will be offering you a Party Kit that will guide you in throwing your own Mardi Bras party!  So, go ahead ~ download your copy and set the date for February or March!  Register your party, collection site, drive, front porch pick up-or drop-off!

Mardi Bras VA (c) is an initiative of Into The Neighborhood. When committing to a party, collection site or promoting Mardi Bras, please credit us and tag Into The Neighborhood (@intotheneighborhood) and Mardi Bras VA (@mardibrasva) on all socials, emails, and other communications. Thanks!

Super excited to present our Mardi Bras VA Party Kit!  

Click Mardi Bras Party Kit for your copy.

Party Kit Resources

Now that you have downloaded your Mardi Bras Party Kit, here are some resources for your party. Check back often, we will add to this site regularly.  This is just a beginning!!!


Feel free to use one of these invitations, or create your own!

MardiBras Customizable Invitation


Set up a photo booth! You can let folks use their own phone, or download the “Pocketbooth” App (available at the App Store for IOS devices and for iphones costing $.99)

Photo Booth Link

Photo Booth Pinterest Ideas


There are so many options when it comes to food. Have a covered dish/pot luck. Get some snacks from a wholesale club. Or if you are adventurous, cook some New Orleans style goodies.  Here’s some recipes…. but you can find many more online….

Cajun Shrimp Dip

Smoked Paprika

Praline Crack

Pineapple, Avacado and Bean Salsa

Mardi Gras Monkey Bread


Provide a festive environment, if you choose and your budget allows for it.  Simple ideas are beads, masks, balloons, festive cups and plates.  This link is full of good ideas… 

Decorating Link 1

Decorating Link 2


Some may want their party to be kid-friendly. Refer to this link to get those creative juices flowing!!! 8 Mardi Gras Activities for Kids