Share your tips for surviving Mardi Gras house guests

Lauren List, Advance Digital By Lauren List, Advance Digital
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on March 03, 2011 at 1:39 PM, updated December 08, 2014 at 10:16 AM

This is the time of year when New Orleanians' homes are highly sought after by far flung friends and relatives looking for an easy way to enjoy Carnival. On the Thursday before 2011 Mardi Gras, many of you may already have guests crashing at your house ahead of a weekend full of parades.

MUSES 2011CHRIS GRANGER/THE TIMES-PICAYUNE Screaming for shoes during the Muses parade on Thursday, March 3, 2010 in New Orleans.

Whether it's long-time friends or your daughter's new sorority sisters in town for their first Carnival, how do you prepare for Mardi Gras guests?

Do you have a big shopping trip before your out-of-town crew arrives, or do you have a strict "bring your own" policy? Do you retreat to a back room and watch TV, or do you like being in the middle of all the excitement?

Tell us your stories of best or worst experiences with house guests, and what you've learned to keep things efficient, peaceful and very fun.