FBL Lights On Location: New Orleans Mardi Gras!

AHOY there!                                         ‘Tis I, Flashing Blinky Nikki.               Went to New Orleans’ Mardi Gras & lived to tell the tale.  NOLA sweet NOLA!  My new home away from homa.  Where you can dance in the street wearing wigs & tutus, light ups & sparkles, costumes & glow, and no one’s gonna take much notice because EVERYone is decked out.  Yes, would you believe I totally blended in?  I have found my people.  NOLA left me in awe the entire time & I’m now planning to go back annually.  Would you like to take a peek at some of my most memorable New Orleans Mardi Gras moments?                              Come along now…

First couple nights started off real tame.  Just takin’ it all in, sportin’ some star light boppers while playin’ sax on the streets, no big deal:

Here’s a sweet babydoll I met while enjoying the classic parades that make New Orleans Mardi Gras what it is.  Love that pose, love those shades!  Girl’s goin’ places:

The family that blinks together stays together!  Quite literally; I would’ve gotten lost from our krewe 10 times a night had it not been for LEDs.  So props to this NOLA mom:

Lady Light Devil up to no good….except for those glow bracelets linked together like a chain and ready to share– oh that’s very good.  Way to think outside the box, makes for easy distribution:

 Made a new friend on Royal Street!  Or was it Bourbon Street…the details are a little fuzzy, yet memorable.  ‘Twas an honor to share a toast on the go with such a fashion icon.  Did you notice my king crown lights up?!  Aw yeah:

Light swords outside Kajun’s Pub & Allways Lounge (holy fun venues, Batman!):

Silly party time took a backseat as we went out to dinner with the grown ups.  I packed some light up ice cubes in my purse & passed them out at Commander’s Palace.  That place is FANcy, oh ma goooodness, but our color changing party cubes fit in regardless (no flash; just chill mood lighting):

CHEERS to not getting kicked out due to my casual attire!

On Franklin Street, we stumbled upon a street band that melted my heart.  We could’ve danced all night.  Love the talent front & center playing a saw like a violin.  Old timey jams & impromptu dance parties in the street, THIS was my favorite thing about Mardi Gras.  The local talent is out to make a little money, and as they should, ’cause dang they are gifted & hard working.  Tourists, don’t forget to tip!

Some groovy lighting I spotted while taking a stroll through the French Quarter:

OK, ok, back to party time!  Niiiiice light up party hats, darlings:

We were fortunate enough to get into the Bacchus Ball to watch the Krewe of Bacchus Parade – WHAAAAT?!  Grateful beyond words – thank you, Zac Levi.mardigras3

Our LED beads looked great at this black tie event – everyone was pleasantly surprised & (play) fighting over the last one; should’ve packed more.mardigras2

Once again, LED ice cubes made an appearance; a Bacchus favorite.  Mixed with real ice cubes looks cool, plus invited guests to help themselves.  Awesome idea for future parties, y’all, it’s gunna be “my thing” from now on:

‘Til next time, NOLA my sweet!

TCB & DIY ~

~ Flashing Blinky Nikki

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Ain’t No Party Like An Irish Party, ‘Cause An Irish Party Don’t Stop

Erin go bragh, lads & lasses. Translation:  IRELAND FOREVER. Can I get a cheers to that?  For some, Irish pride & joy is an everyday thing, so the subject of Irish party favors may need no introduction.  For the rest of us, there’s St. Patty’s Day, that glorious 24 hours in which EVERYone is Irish, and oooh the light up wonders we have in store for yeh! Let’s get this Irish party started.

irishpartyFirst thing’s first:  BEER. Pints.  Brews.  Bubbly goodness, etc.  This is essential for Irish party time. For starters, check out our green LED Inspiration Ice Cubes.  They’re small & lightweight, therefore cheaper to ship, plus easy to toss a box of 12 in your purse before heading to the pub.  Sharing is caring!

Green Light Up “Ice” Cubes are an absolute must for your Irish party and this lass right here won’t leave home without ’em. 

 

 

The Sporty Mood Lit Mug.  Tall & slender with opaque plastic, this beer mug has a unique glow goin’ on, AND you can change it’s color with every click of the button actually, from steady green, to steady blue, to steady red, and so on.  NO flash, but it does have a cool color changing function, my favorite.

The Traditional Beer Stein.  Nice & roomy, holds 28 ounces filled to the brim.  Has flashing rainbow LEDs that shine like disco lights & go all night long.  Holy moly look at this thing!  Serious party glass!  Chug-a-lug!

The Twinkling Tavern Mug.  Shorter, rounded & with multicolor circling lights in the base, so the LEDs aren’t as extreme as above party mug, yet still eye catching.  Also gotta perfect little spot in front to print your logo.

The Slow-Color-Change Beer Pitcher:  a.k.a. the BIG KAHUNA, a.k.a. the BIG GULP of all Flashing Blinky drink accessories.  Don’t try this at home!  Maybe try it at the pub…after lining up a designated driver…

PHEW, what a mouthful. *burp*  Lastly, top it all off with some tasty green shots for your Flashing Blinky Crew & get jiggy with it.  Light Up Green Shot Glasses are also available on green bead necklaces, for the hooligans in the house mustn’t lose their Holy Grail.

 Sláinte!

Cheers, mate ~                                                                                                                       ~ Flashing Blinky Nikki