For residents of New Orleans — especially those living on or near the parade routes — Carnival is a time for both planned and impromptu parties, hosting out of town guests and constantly reminding ourselves it’s a marathon, not a sprint. Since launching Bon Vivant, I’ve written several posts about entertaining, hosting and doing a few little things for yourself to maintain sanity and serenity throughout the season. Click through the links for tips and tricks that’ll get you to Ash Wednesday in one piece, whether you are the host or the guest. 

 

 

Host family and friends comfortably, even if you don’t have a guest room 
Provisional Lodging: Creating warm and inviting temporary guest accommodations

 

Set the tone for out of town guests
Well Received: Greet guests with a welcome reception steeped in local sounds, scents and flavors

 

Be a tip-top houseguest 
House Rules: The art of being a great overnight houseguest

 

Expert gifting for guests
Don’t Show Up Empty Handed: Hostess gifts to get you invited back again and again

 

Avoid Carnival food and drink dilemmas
Provisional Lodging: Creating warm and inviting temporary guest accommodations

 

Gear up for the day with a little alone time
Hotel Style: Create a bedside coffee station for a decadent wakeup call 

 

Happy Carnival and laissez les bons temps rouler! 

 

 

Do you have a tried-and-true hosting or guest tip? Share in the comments or email Melanie@MyNewOrleans.Com.