Mardi Gras is celebrated across many cities within the United States. Regardless of where you live, you can get your senior loved ones involved with the celebrations by encouraging them to participate in the fun preparations. Here are some ideas that we have collated to help you celebrate Mardi Gras with older adults in an enjoyable, yet safe way.
String Mardi Gras Beads
Purple, gold, and green beads are traditional Mardi Gras accessories. Get your older loved ones to string the beads together to create beautiful bracelets or necklaces. You can also decorate your drink coasters with strands of beads with fabric glue to keep the table setting looking more festive.
Make A Mardi Gras Wreath
You can make a wreath by using at least eight party masks. Your older loved ones can attach the end of the masks together with glue or thread before decorating them with glitter and more beads. When that is done, simply attach the individual strings of all the masks together to make a wreath which is good to hang.
Create A Festive Centerpiece
Every joyous affair needs a centerpiece. Make use of at least two or three empty bottles and upcycle them using silver acrylic paint. You can make use of bottles that are of the same size or those with different heights for a more unique presentation. Glam up each bottle with a color from the Mardi Gras color scheme and attach a party mask to a peg on every bottle. Finish off by attaching colorful beads at the sides of each mask.
Bake Mardi Gras Cupcakes
If your older loved ones have always loved baking, you can get them into the festive mood by baking Mardi Gras cupcakes together. You can also ease their workload by buying boxed cupcake mixes. Decorate the cupcakes with frosting that are colored with the Mardi Gras color scheme or simply make use of candies.
Paint Decorative Nails
If you and the girls are looking to get your nails painted, include your older loved ones too. They may not have gone for a manicure for a long time but that does not mean they would not enjoy a fun nail painting session. Help paint their nails in the Mardi Gras colors and embellish them with beads or glitter.
Mardi Gras With Older Adults
Regardless of the occasion, it is always important to include your older loved ones in the preparations to give them a deep sense of purpose. Consider their mental and physical capacities to ensure that the tasks that you assign them can be managed with ease. Crafting is a great way to keep older adults occupied even if they experience mobility restrictions. Letting them be involved will also encourage them to stay active and engaged which is very important to support their bodily and cognitive functions. Physical activities also boost their motor skills so your older loved ones can take care of their overall well-being while having fun with their family. Celebrate Mardi Gras with your older loved ones to make it an even more special occasion.