This is the first of a 3 part series. I’m pretty proud of myself–it was an intense project for the DIY who doesn’t like to do it herself. Here is the back story: My daughter will be attending college at McNeese State in Louisiana. Her graduation party partner in crime will be attending University of Southern Mississippi. We are from Colorado–I repeat–we are not southern and do not celebrate Mardi Gras. So what do we decide for a graduation party? Mardi Gras…….I’m in charge of the cupcakes. I’m gunna slay these bad boys. The first step (what you will see in this post) is to make the fondant masks for the toppers. These can be made 2 months in advance and frozen. I’m a big time person who plans ahead, so here it is. By the way, instead of the traditional Mardi Gras green, gold and purple, we are going with the college colors combined: royal blue, gold and black.