Mardi Gras is celebrated in the month of March. It does not only need to be celebrated on the streets through parades. Especially not that the threat of the coronavirus is still hindering vast social gatherings. But it does not mean that you cannot do it in the comforts of your community. If you want to make your residents feel the fun and enjoyment this colorful event brings, below are some Mardi Gras Celebration Ideas In Senior Living Communities. Make sure to extensively use colors of this festivity – green, purple and gold, which represent faith, justice and power respectively. You may add more colors if you wish but in a subtle way only.
Celebrate Mardi Gras through Accessories
One of the best ways to make your residents feel the festive vibe of Mardi Gras is to have them wear colorful masks, as well as necklace and bracelets made out of stringed beads. You may provide them with ready-made masks, necklaces and bracelets. But to make it more enjoyable for them, you can have them design their own by providing each of them with a plain mask, beads, feathers, glitters, glue, needle and thread. Just make sure to assist them while doing the activity. To make them more vibrant, you can also do decorative paint on women’s, and even men’s, nails.
Celebrate Mardi Gras through Decorations
To make the atmosphere more festive, decorate your walls with Mardi Gras wreaths by putting eight decorated masks together. Add some balloons in different sizes. Do not forget for create a centerpiece for everyone to marvel at. A simple suggestion is to use bottles of different shapes and heights painted with Mardi Gras colors in different hues and some silver. Craft some fleur-de-lis from felt and use as an accent to the bottles. Put dowels on decorated mask and place them in the bottles and finish by hanging come colorful beads on the masks.
Celebrate Mardi Gras through Food
One highlight of the Mardi Gras Celebration is eating “greatly.” But since the residents may have some food restrictions, you may prepare healthy food in an interesting and fun way. One of the treats that you can prepare for them is baked French vanilla cupcakes. You may bake them, if you know how, or you can buy from stores. The most important thing is to decorate them together with your residents using colorful frosting, candies and edible pearl beads. You can also fill champagne glasses with colorful non-alcoholic drinks and ask some, if not all, residents to make a toast.
Celebrate Mardi Gras through Games
To make the day more enjoyable and entertaining, be ready with games. Mardi Gras Scavenger Hunt using doubloons or other “gold coins” can be a way to keep them moving. You can also have some contests such as Best Mardi Gras Mask and Best Mardi Gras Decorated Cupcakes. A Mardi Gras Fashion Show could also be an alternative of the parade. You can invite their loved ones to watch them rock that catwalk personally or through a virtual show.
These activities are sure to make your residents happy and mobile during the celebration. Most of all, it is a fun way to socialize in a safe place.