October 25, 2014

Day of the Dead Party


Welcome to my Dia de los Muertos themed party. Dia de los Muertos means Day of the Dead in spanish and it is celebrated on November 1 and November 2. It's celebrated around the world and most notably in Mexico. It is believed that spirits of our loved ones who have passed on visit during these two days of celebration. The day is not meant to be sad or a day of mourning, but instead a celebration of life and a day to remember happy times with those that have passed on.

On Day of the Dead loved ones go to the cemetery to decorate their tombstones and/or they create altars at home. The table I made is a large altar dedicated to family members and friends that died. Altars typically consist of sugar skulls, candles, papel picado, photos of loved ones, objects that represent them or that belonged to them, marigolds, favorite foods and beverages, fresh fruit, water, and salt, among other things that I made sure I added.


For the centerpiece I made a large Sugar Skull Pinata. Want to make your very own? I made a video showing how to make one.


We filled the table with handpainted skulls and marigolds which are known to the the flower of the dead. It is said that on Dia de los Muertos if you leave a trail of marigolds from the grave to your home the spirit of a loved one will follow the trail home.


Grab yourself a sweet treat like our sweet cupcakes de muertos and homemade sugar skull cookies.



We have a little gift for you. Don't forget to grab your skeleton bag to get your very own sugar skull nutcracker and sugar skull cookies.



As we approach the night, let's light all the candles on the table.




As night arrives and the candles burn bright we feel the spirits of loved ones near by. Thank you for stopping by our party.

I hope you enjoyed our little time together.

Feliz Dia de los Muertos!!


Supplies


Sugar Skull Pinata: DIY on Peachy Cheek
Sugar Skull Mermaid Framed Artwork: MisNopales Art
Flower and skull candles: Michael's Arts & Crafts Store
Tombstone Chocolates: Munson's Chocolates
Sugar Skull Cookies: How to on Peachy Cheek Blog coming soon
Sugar Skulls, Sugar Skull Candle Holders, and nutcrackers: Peachy Cheek Shop
Papel Picado Banners: Amol's Party



33 comments :

Ms Misantropia said...

Oh, I love your Dia de los Muertos party! My man just saw your pinata and said "we should do that" :) Your sugar skulls and treats are great!

jinxxxygirl said...

How wonderful!!! I LOVE those skull cookies!!! Thank you so much for telling us about Dia de los Muertos. Very interesting! Hugs! deb

dawaioser said...

What a pretty altar and Dia De Los Muertos is such an amazing festival and celebration. It's my second favorite time, just squeaking-in there after Halloween of course. Thanks for sharing your beautiful setting. :)

Now I'm off to visit the other parties and find some more Tricks-and-Treats.
Here's the link for my Sp0oKy event, after all, everyone needs a fright on Halloween, right? Mwhahahaha! ';)
http://dawaioser.livejournal.com/856146.html

Shell said...

I enjoyed your Dia de Los Muertos party. To me honoring our loved ones who passed and ancestors is really what this time of year is all about. Those delicate skull cookies are pretty.

Nicole said...

I love all of the colors! Thank you for taking so many lovely pictures!

Kim said...

Ms Misantropia Thanks for stopping by! So glad to hear you guys love the skull pinata. Filling it up with some halloween candy should be lots of fun too!! Had so much fun at your party too!!

Kim said...

Hi Deb, so happy you love the skull cookies. I have been enjoying them. They are made out of a peanut butter cookie dough I have been loving to cut shapes out of. Thanks for stopping by! Take care, Kim

Kim said...

dawaioser - misha, thanks so much for coming by to my little party today and thanks for the sweet comments. I had so much fun at your gypsy night under the full moon!

Kim said...

Shell - Thanks so much for coming. It was wonderful having you here!! I had fun stopping by with you today and seeing your sweet boys.

http://afancifultwist.typepad.com said...

Stunning and bright and beautiful!! Wowie what a gorgeous tablescape. Love every little detail!!

Thank you for being a part of the Halloween party magic!! <3, Vanessa

Calamitous Botanicus said...

What a lovely altar! I'm amazed at the variety of Dia de los Muertos pieces you have found. Love the mermaid skeletons and of course those fabulous cookies! Thanks for sharing your party. Cheers, Sarah

LYNDY WARD said...

Spooktacular Day of The Dead Party Post! Cool Skull Cookies. Hope you'll fly by my Are You A Good Or Bad Witch? Halloween Party & Be Blessed with powerful Wiccan Wishes... Enchantingly Yours, Lyndy Ward >^..^<
http://todaysgold.blogspot.com/2014/10/are-you-good-witch-or-bad-witch.html

Victorian Tailor said...

Wow! such talent, painting and creating! Yes I have heard of the Day of the Dead, you have made it so colorful! Please stop by my party,
http://plumfieldhousegardens.blogspot.com/
Hope to see you, Celeste

Christina Paul said...

This is so fabulous! My mother just hosted her annual Day of the Dead party last week and I so wish I would have seen this first! What fabulous resources and LOVE everything - the piƱata, cookies, altar and the framed print (are those mermaids?) will share this
Cheers!

DogsMom said...

This post is stunning and delicious!

http://dogsmomvisits.blogspot.com/2014/10/haunted-wishes.html

Calamitous Botanicus said...

You have really captured the beauty of Dia de los Muertos with your wonderful altar. I adore the mermaid skeleton drawing and the skull cookies are fantastic! Thanks for the lovely party. Cheers, Sarah

Gina said...

I just love the colour and joy that is poured into the Day of the Dead celebrations, and those sugar skull cookies are just adorable :D XXX

Kim said...

Hi Vanessa - Thanks so much for hosting this lovely event. I always have so much fun and love connecting with all these lovely ladies and gentlemen. Thanks for stopping by!!

Kim said...

Sarah from Calamitous Botanicus - Thanks so much for stopping by. I am happy to hear you love the cookies I should be posting a tutorial on how to make them very soon :)

Kim said...

Lyndy, Thanks for coming!! I will be swinging by your party today. Looking forward to it! :)

Kim said...

Hi Celeste, Thank so much for your sweet comments. Loved your party!! So happy you were able to come by! Kim

Kim said...

Hi Christina, How awesome that your mom had an annual one. I would love to see some pictures :) And yes, those are sugar skull mermaids :) Thanks for stopping by, so glad you had fun :)

Kim said...

Hi Dogs Mom aka Laura, Thanks for coming to the party and your sweet comments. I appreciate it. So glad you could come! - Kim

Kim said...

Hi Sarah, I am so happy you enjoyed our Day of the Dead party. Thanks so much! I am so glad you came by. Take care. -Kim

Kim said...

Hi Gina - THanks for coming by. Glad you like all the bright colors. The cookies are my favorite too :)!!

Holly said...

Thanks for sharing your Dia de los Muertos alter and party. On Friday we took the kids to see The Book of Life. I shall return for you have a pretty awesome blog.

Anne Launius Berbling said...

Fabulous, my Dear Kim!! I am absolutely fascinated with Dia de Los Muertos...in fact, I am painting a sugar skull on a pumpkin right now to post in a few days! LOVE it all, but those cookies are so awesome!
Thank you for inviting me!
Hugs,
Anne

Kim said...

Hi Holly! Thanks so much for stopping by. How was the Book of Life? I hope they enjoyed it. I heard so many wonderful things about it. I am going this weekend! :)

Kim said...

Hi Anne, What a coincidence that you are painting a sugar skull on your pumpkin :) I love that. I would love to see a picture of it :) - Kim

Niffy {marrow and meadow} said...

An absolutely beautiful Dia de los Muertos party. The beauty of your set up is surely appreciated by the spirits of your loved ones.

The Celts have a similar festival remembered as Samhain which celebrates the end of the harvest and the beginning of the dark half of a new year.

All things in time. Thank you for a lovely party.


I would love for you to stop by for a spell:
http://marrowandmeadow.wordpress.com/2014/10/25/halloween-party-2014-a-tale-of-the-bone-mother/

Kim said...

Hi Niffy, Thank you so much for stopping by and your sweet comments. Thanks for sharing about the Celts festival Samhain. How interesting! Happy Halloween!

Kelly said...

Day or night this party screams with delight! Love those cookies!!! Cheers!;)

Jennifer said...

Oh I absolutely love it! Your photographs are just gorgeous, as are your decorations!

http://broomsticksandlace.blogspot.ca/2014/10/a-fanciful-twist-halloween-party-2014.html