We draped ourselves in handfuls of those precious beads and unlike some blitzed college coed, we didnt have to flash our naughty bits for em. Then we stumbled upon the most genius party station: an arts and crafts table where we could decorate our own Mardi Gras masks. Equipped with two hot glue guns and bowls full of beads, gemstones, baby figurines (from the king cake, yall), feathers, boas, pipe cleaners, and glitter sticks, a full hour later my inner art geek emerged from the table with only a few glue burns and a mask befitting the parades grand marshal.
Soon enough, we all started bedazzling our beer bottles and plastic drink cups as DIY fever spread among the otherwise jaded 20- and 30-something hipsters. The next time youre throwing together your own bash, dont forget to put out the art supplies along with the bourbon. Youre never too old for pipe cleaners.