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Laissez Les Bons Temps Roulez!

If you’re single in February, the Valentine’s Day hoopla can hamper your happiness. Why not have a Mardi Gras mixer to perk up your spirits—and perhaps your love life?

The secret is to expand your — and everyone else’s — pool of prospects, so invite your single friends and ask them to bring one or two of their single friends—preferably people you don’t know and whom they’re not attracted to. Be sure the guest list includes enough people of complementary personalities and preferences.

We asked Jon Donley, party animal and former editor of and, what’s required to Mardi hearty. Here are the must-haves.


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