Mardi Gras can be an extremely fun time with lots of great parties, parades, and events happening all over the city! However, if you have someone in your life who has dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, it can be challenging to find fun things to do that they will enjoy and remember and other activities that will be safe. Here are some great Mardi Gras ideas to do with someone with dementia, so they can still enjoy themselves while also staying safe and having fun.
Flameless Glitter Votives
Votives look just like regular Glitter Votives, but without all of that heat and hot wax. Great for your loved one with dementia who may need a little extra supervision during Mardi Gras festivities. Just add their favorite scented candle (try a scent they love to help trigger happy memories) and enjoy. Flameless Glitter Votives are perfect for setting on your dining room table or kitchen counter. Your loved one will love them, and you’ll have peace of mind knowing they won’t burn down your house!
Golden Touch Sequin Wine Bottles
No matter your age, you can never have too many wine bottles. Adding some bling makes drinking a little more fun. All you need are mini champagne bottles with glitter or gems on them, which you can get at most craft stores. You can also add beads to a regular bottle of wine and put glittery labels on regular wine bottles. Or make miniature signs that say things like wine o’clock! or let us drink, for tomorrow we may die and put those next to their favorite bottle of sparkling apple cider!
This fun and festive idea is a simple take on traditional, expensive lighting that will liven up any space. Instead of spending money on a complicated lighting scheme, create your own by stringing beads in varying sizes to each prong of a chandelier. This project can easily be adapted for all ages, allowing you to include everyone from kids to people in their golden years in your celebration. Please make sure you have several different bead colors, so everyone has their unique style for Mardi Gras.
Beaded Charger Plate
If you want to brighten up your table with something colorful, try using a beaded charger plate. Cut out some simple gold or silver cardboard circles and cover them in beads. Glue down some paper underneath (or leave them plain) and place them on your regular dinnerware. You can do multiple pieces or repeat one design to make a pretty pattern across all your plates.
Hand Painted Mardi Gras Wine Glasses
If you want to make a Mardi Gras theme wine glass or have a wine glass available and would like to give them some Mardi Gras flair, Hand painting a beautiful design on each glass is just one of many great options. If you’re going to do it yourself, be aware that it takes time and lots of paint. Create your pattern with colorful beads, glitter, or any combination of both, and then use permanent markers in bright colors to trace over your design. Once complete, allow everything to dry for at least 24 hours before handling; it’s all too easy to smudge wet paint.