King Cake season is in FULL swing! There are SO many local favorites to try (here’s a list of 30), so how can we try them ALL? Host a King Cake tasting party with your friends where everyone brings a different local King Cake or flavor to try! See my tips for how to host a King Cake Tasting Party below!
1- Send the invites and choose cakes!
The easiest way (I think) to do this would be to create a Facebook event.
From there, guests can comment with where their King Cake will be from OR what flavor they plan to bring. That way, you don’t have folks showing up with the same cakes!
Another option would be for you to compile a list of local King Cakes (you can even use this list of 30) and share with your guests… then they can choose from the list! Hopefully, it will spark some ideas for guests to branch out and try something new!
2- Set up a festive Mardi Gras-themed table
The King Cake treats need to be on FULL display, so decorate your table(s) with ALL purple, green and yellow!
(1) I taped balloons to the wall above the table (2) Printed some fun little Mardi Gras graphics for frames (3) Added a sequin DIY tree (4) Put out a ‘King Cake Diet’ light box (5) Created a crown cake stand (6) Added some extra Mardi Gras flair like beads, masks and poms (7) Finished with the essentials like plates, napkins, forks, etc.
The good thing about a Mardi Gras tablescape is in general Carnival Season can get pretty tacky at times, so just have fun with it and everything goes!
3- Share Mardi Gras essentials with your guests
No Mardi Gras celebration is complete without the traditional beads and masks. Have these ready for your guests to grab and get festive with!
4- Label the cakes
Since it’s a tasting party, your guests are going to want to know where the King Cake is from and the flavor! Be sure to have a way for your guests to label their cakes. This could be as fancy or casual as you want from chalk board signs to even sticky notes (if you’re not feelin’ fancy at all! lol)
I went with little card stock cards and gold stickers to match the tablescape. I purchased several packs of stickers to have plenty of letters, but you can always just have paint pens or markers available.
5- Have other food/drinks available
Maybe offer something savory to go along with ALL the sweets that will be consumed! Go with Louisiana cuisine like gumbo, jambalaya or etoufee!
For drinks, keep it on theme with Pat O’Brien Hurricanes or local beers!
Any more tips for hosting a King Cake Tasting Party?!
I think having everyone vote for their favorite could be fun! The person who brought the winning cake could get a prize!