Mardi Gras is here (!), and you can bet New Orleans will be a spectacle of booze, boobs and beads. However, if you didn't get a chance to visit "The Big Easy" for this year's celebration, it doesn't mean you can't still celebrate.
As a way to include you and your partner in the last hurrah before Lent begins (tomorrow), here are six ways the two of you can celebrate the indulgence that is Mardi Gras right from your own home. Low-Cost, Last-Minute Mardi Gras
1. Prepare a Mardi Gras meal. It's Fat Tuesday, so Mardi Gras goers are enjoying everything from the muffaletta to King Cake. If you couldn't make it to the French Quarter, why not prepare some New Orleans goodness for you and your partner? You can easily find the necessary ingredients and recipes online, like the classic 8 recipes we found over on Yahoo! Shine. You might even want to consider having your partner help you prepare the classic cuisine. It's a great way to engage him/her and after all, many believe that a couple who cooks together, stays together.
2. Dress up. Masks and beads may not translate from New Orleans to your Tuesday night dinner table, but get in the fantastic spirit of the day and try slipping on something fun and sexy tonight—whether for dinner or after.
3. Enjoy a cocktail. You and your partner have been working hard and deserve a cocktail to celebrate all your hard work. Since cocktails are a key component to celebrating Mardi Gras, the two of you should head to a bar and toast to your relationship. Looking for a way to make things more interesting? Pretend the two of you don't know each other and flirt with one another as if it's the first time you ever saw each other. This way the two of you can have a good laugh and act just like singles do at Mardi Gras. Does Unprotected Sex Make Women Happy?
4. Listen to live music. New Orleans is famous for the many musicians who play along the French Quarter, so look up local blues and jazz clubs in your area and head out tonight to soak up some sweet Mardi Gras-inspired tunes.