I love writing seasonal content. Here's some related to Mardi Gras for Match.com:

Laissez Les Bons Temps Roulez!

Want to boost your spirits and give your love life new energy? Host a Mardi Gras mixer and let the good times roll!

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 editor of NOLA.com and MardiGras.com, what’s required to Mardi hearty. Here are the must-haves.

*A year after I wrote this, Jon Donley presided at my wedding, held in New Orleans' Rock-n-Bowl! (photo by Ginny Morey)