Couldn’t make it to Mardi Gras this year? You’re not alone, but don’t be too disappointed at missing out on the fun. You can celebrate Mardi Gras wherever you happen to be.
For some reason gaudy plastic jewelry has become a staple of Mardi Gras celebrations. And to take full advantage of that one day when fashion goes out the window, consider this over-sized set of beads that doubles as a handy flask for your libation of choice. ~$14.
Mardi Gras is also notoriously known as a time when people will expose themselves for plastic trinkets. And with the Nudifier iOS app you can join in the fun without actually exposing yourself. It creates photos that only look like you’re naked, so you can convince your Instagram followers you were really living it up in New Orleans. Free.
But maybe you don’t mind a little nudity — as long as the photos of your debauchery don’t make it back to your boss, or parents. So just grab a pair of these black bar censoring glasses and it’s all but guaranteed that no one will be able to confidently tag you in any Mardi Gras galleries on Facebook. ~$10.
Instead of drunken parades, some revellers gorge themselves on pancakes. But it’s hardly a party if you’re spending your time whipping up batter, so grab a couple of cans of the pre-made easy-to-dispense Batter Blaster and flapjack away. ~$4.60.
Or if you’re entertaining an entire house full of guests, skip the batter and kitchen prep altogether and get the Popcake pancake machine running. With bags of pre-mixed batter it churns out almost 200 pancakes an hour, and as long as you picked up a keg of syrup, your party will be a guaranteed hit. ~$3500.
Another common Mardi Gras treat, particularly if you’re Polish or Ukrainian, is an incredibly unhealthy but impossibly delicious filled doughnut known as the Pączki. And while the doughnuts created by this mini factory just aren’t quite the same, who wants to spend Mardi Gras deep frying dough? ~$108.
Top picture: Jonathan Bachman/Associated Press