If you are throwing a Mardi Gras party, you'll want to create a flamboyant and fabulous atmosphere.
Cover the table with a green tablecloth and Mardi Gras confetti. Clump together various sized, glittery gold candles to make a sparkling centerpiece. Create mood lighting with purple Christmas lights.
Instead of arranging fresh flowers, drape, arrange, and hang feather boas. Serve drinks in plastic hurricane cups. Make and clearly display a flashy Mardi Gras sign and fill the ceiling with gold, purple, and green metallic balloons.
Don't forget the beads! Give guests a handful when they arrive.