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Chandon's Mardi Gras Party

If there's one occasion where you can pull out all the stops (and all the corks), it's Mardi Gras. So mark your calendar for February 24th and read on for savvy entertaining ideas, including food, wine and a special Club Chandon music mix.

Easy decorating ideas
• The traditional colors of Mardi Gras are purple (for justice), green (for faith) and gold (for power). You can carry this theme through your party decor with matching placemats, plates and napkins, as well as ribbons tied around the base of your wine glasses.

• Inexpensive memory candles in tall glass containers (especially those with images of saints) will lend warmth, color and an authentic New Orleans feel to your home on party night.

Savvy party-starters
• Greet your guests with a string of Mardi Gras beads and a Chandon Pink Parade cocktail when they arrive at the door.

• Let partygoers enjoy hot and spicy nuts while sipping on their cocktail.

Hearty Red Jambalaya
Spicy, rich and comforting, the aroma of jambalaya beckons your guests to the table with an authentic southern accent. The varieties of this classic Louisiana dish are almost endless. This Red Jambalaya recipe is one of our favorites. Chicken, smoked sausage, shrimp and rice are the main ingredients, so it's quite filling. Jambalaya is easy to prepare in advance and can be served informally from a kitchen counter or sideboard.

Thirst-quenching cocktails
Most people associate the "Hurricane" with New Orleans, but this cocktail is a fairly recent invention, dating only from the 1940s. A traditional Mardi Gras drink is made from a combination of wine and fruit juices, with a fine example being our Chandon Pink Parade. Since it is made from still wine, it makes an excellent punch bowl drink. It is delightfully refreshing after a couple of turns on the dance floor, and will keep well until the next morning, should you wish to carry on your celebration!

Mardi Gras music mix
Dim the lights, clear away the furniture and slip on a pair of comfortable shoes. Mardi Gras is made for dancing! This mix features many of the Crescent City musicians who make the Mardi Gras scene each year. You can download these songs as a Club Chandon iMix at the Apple iTunes Store.

Be sure to get the first track on this mix — Iko Iko. It's the definitive Mardi Gras song, and a great one for singing along. Here's a link to the lyrics.

Title
Iko Iko
Zydeco Mardi Gras
No City Like New Orleans
Rad Gumbo
Fire on the Bayou
Cookin' with Queen Ida
I'm Walkin'
Yellow Moon
New Orleans
French Quarter Strut
Lady Marmalade
My Toot Toot
C'est La Vie
Jambalaya
Artist
Captain Jack
C.J. Chenier
Earl King
Little Feat
The Meters
Queen Ida and Her Zydeco Band
Fats Domino
The Neville Brothers
Gary U.S. Bonds
James Taylor's 4th Dimension
Patti LaBelle
Rockin' Sidney
Queen Ida & The Bon Temps Zydeco Band
Tab Benoit