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dia de los muertos party

We are all familiar with the fun of Halloween costume parties, but how about throwing a Day of the Dead party this year?  Sound sad and morose to you?  Not so fast!  Dia de los Muertos – The Day of the Dead – honors the dead with festivals and parties.   Assuming that the dead would be insulted by mourning, Dia de los Mourtos celebrates those who have passed with all of the food, drinks, and activities they would have enjoyed in life.

This Latin American festival combines Aztec Ritual with Catholicism, and is celebrated on All Saints Day and All Souls Day, which are minor holidays in the Catholic religion, on November 1st.  Sound fun?  Here are some ideas for a celebration:

The most familiar symbols of Dia de los Muertos are the calacas and calaveras (skeletons and skulls), which appear in dolls, candy and decorations.  Calacas and calaveras are always portrayed as enjoying life, so super fun for a DIY project.  All you need is a mold and your imagination! 

You can either buy your molds or you can make them. We love this tutorial to craft your own...

Mexican sugar skulls

Now the real fun begins- decorate them. A few tips here and the final product...

decorate mexican sugar skulls

Want to take this idea up a notch?  Bullseye Glass, in Portland Oregon, offers classes (both in person and on-line) for making a glass skull.

bullseye glass day of the dead skulls

Mix in some molded metal skulls from Faithhaus.com and don’t forget candles (LuminisCreations makes amazing skull candles tipped with gold)!

metal skull set

gilded skull candle

Invite your guests to come made up in Day of The Dead fashion with makeup or tattoos.

Our favorite video tutorial for doing your own makeup from Shonagh Scott..

day of the dead makeup tutorial

Don't forget food and drink and SheKnows.com is our go to blog on that.

Here are some typical (and more modernized) dishes you might see at a Día de los Muertos celebration.
  • Marigold-infused tequila.
  • The Weeping Woman martini.
  • Café de olla atole.
  • Mexican hot chocolate.
  • Ecuadorian spiced purple corn fruit drink.
  • Atole de vainilla.
  • Marigold muerte drink.
  • Ecuadorian bread figures.

marigold tequila sheknows.com

Have fun! FH

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