Even though Mardi Gras is not until the end of February, there are a few supplies that you can begin gathering to make sure that you have a fun New Orleans-style celebration for your nursing home residents. Here are six supplies that you can grab right now:
1. Mardi Gras Beads – One way to get your residents into the Mardi Gras spirit is to pass out Mardi Gras beads for them to wear. Whether you are hosting a Mardi Gras lunch with po’ boy sandwiches and gumbo or leading a Mardi Gras parade through your facility’s hallways, Mardi Gras beads are an instant way to make the event more festive.
2. Mardi Gras Masks – Add in a bit of mystery to your Mardi Gras festivities with masks. Either provide plain masks for residents to decorate as a craft activity using feathers and beads, or provide ready-to-wear sequined masks for residents to wear at a fun masquerade party.
4. Balloons – Make your facility even more festive by adding colorful balloons in the colors of Mardi Gras: green (which represents faith), purple (which represents justice), and gold (which represents power).
5. Champagne Glasses – Pass around plastic champagne glasses and fill them with nonalcoholic champagne or sparkling apple cider for residents to enjoy. Invite residents to take turns making toasts to celebrate this last day of the carnival season.
6. Doubloons (Coins) – Use doubloons or Mardi Gras coins as part of your Mardi Gras activities. For instance, use them as party favors or table centerpiece decorations in your Dining Room for your Mardi Gras dinner, or hide them throughout your facility for residents to find during a day-long Mardi Gras Scavenger Hunt.
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