Mardi Gras Free Printables and King Cake

Mardi Gras is in February. For those of you who live in the south, you know what a big deal it is around here.

Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, is the final day of Carnival. I’ve found some fun free party printables and a great King Cake recipe. If you are celebrating Mardi Gras, I hope you have a blast!!


Mardi Gras Mask Craft & Free Printable

Print and decorate your own Mardi Gras mask from Skip to My Lou


Mardi Gras Free PrintablesMardi Gras Crown Free Printable

Check out these fun Cut-Out Crowns & Jewels downloads from Print Picnic:


New Orleans King Cake Recipe

King Cake Recipe

Here is a yummy King Cake recipe from made with a bread machine. (my kind of easy!)

The cake is made with a rich Danish dough, baked and covered with a sugar topping in Mardi Gras colors; purple representing justice, green representing faith, and gold representing power.

In the mid-1900s, a small plastic baby became the symbol of this Holy Day and was placed inside of each King Cake. The New Orleans tradition is that each person takes a piece of cake hoping to find the plastic baby inside. The recipient of the plastic baby is “crowned” King or Queen for the day and that person is obligated to host the following year’s party and supply the King Cake.

Do you celebrate Mardi Gras? If so, what do you do?


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About Amy Locurto

Amy is a creative mom of two and graphic designer. When she's not working on Living Locurto, she's busy designing Printable Party Supplies and working on I Heart Faces, her photography blog. Find Amy on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, and Instagram.


  1. I have never celebrated Mardi Gras in my entire life! I guess we’re just to “northern” up here for it. 🙂 Looks like fun though.

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  2. Ooh, that King Cake looks so yummy!!

    We don’t celebrate Mardi Gras, but we do own a condo in the French Quarter. One of these years, we’ll make it down for MG.

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  3. I just heard about the King Cake the other day watching a rerun of Semi-Homemade on the Food Channel.

    We don’t really celebrate Mardi Gras, but I’d love to go down to New Orleans for Mardi Gras sometime!

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  4. Jean Saporito says:

    These are too cute. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Oh, i so remember the excitement of ‘who is going to get the baby’! I’m am really missing Mardi Gras!

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  6. Donna- Shoebox floats would be so fun to make!

  7. My family loves to celebrate Mardi Gras! I bake a Kings cake with a plastic baby inside (I put the baby in AFTER the cake is made!)

    I made a minature float out of a shoebox one year; I think we will have a float contest this year.

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