Mardi Gras Fun with Kids!


I love everything southern – from the SEC to Sweet Tea; so of course we love Mardi Gras which is French for “Fat Tuesday”. New Orleans is the Mardi Gras capital here in the U.S., but it is actually a French tradition. Mardi Gras season actually starts on January 6th (on Epiphany) and ends on Lent. The idea behind the season is to eat rich, fatty foods before fasting for Lent and to partake in celebrations and parades.

Our Celebration

We usually celebrate Mardi Gras with homemade Jambalaya and homemade King Cake. However, I found a less time consuming version of King Cake you can make with your kids and they have a blast being able to do most of it themselves. Traditional King Cake is a half day process between making the batter and letting it rise.

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Simple King Cake

For the simple version we use cinnamon roll dough from a can! 

  • You take the dough out of the can and separate the rolls.
  • Then take each roll and divide the sections into 2.
  • Braid the sections and form into a circle.
  • Bake in the oven at 375 for 10-12 minutes.

Once they have cooled – you can add the icing and make sure to add the traditional yellow, green, and purple sprinkles.

If you want to keep with tradition, you can also pop a little baby, who is to represent Baby Jesus into one of the mini King Cakes – whoever gets it, will be blessed with luck and prosperity. According to tradition- that person is also responsible for throwing next year’s celebration.

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We also made masks and colorful water bottles filled with rice to make noise makers. The boys have fun parading around the house with their Mardi Gras gear.

Do you have any Mardi Gras traditions with your family?


Karly lives with her husband Zach and her two boys- Elijah & Liam. She was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska but left to attend college at Arizona State University where she graduated from with her BA in Communications and PR. She spent the years following graduation living in Nashville and Chicago before finally settling back down in Omaha. If you are looking for Karly, you will be able to find her at a soccer field or a sports diamond most days of the week watching her oldest play. Aside from being a sports mom, Karly loves to watch her team LSU play or Netflix binge on How I Met Your Mother while indulging in homemade sweet tea.