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Celebrate a Lively Day of the Dead

by Stephanie Eckman October 18, 2021 3 min read

Celebrate a Lively Day of the Dead

Dia de los Muertos is a special holiday that falls on the first few days of November as a celebration of the deceased. This holiday is full of colorful decorations, lively celebrations and beloved traditions! Dating back over 3,000 years to its origin, Dia de los Muertos is still celebrated with as much zeal and tradition today. We have set up a vibrant array of decorations to honor this holiday and give our readers some inspiration on how to Celebrate a Lively Day of the Dead!

sugar skull balloon

FESTIVE BACKDROP

When decorating for a holiday that holds so much tradition and culture, incorporating as many of these traditions as possible is key! One of the beloved traditions is the use of beautiful sugar skulls to decorate homes and ofrendas. These skulls are always depicted with big happy smiles as a symbol of the celebration of life rather than mourning the dead. We have created a balloon garland with traditional colors and a large stacked sugar skull balloon to be the main attraction of this backdrop! 

fiesta de los muertos banners

Underneath the balloon garland we strung up our gold Fiesta de los Muertos banner accompanied with more traditional sugar skulls strung on a garlandFor some extra sparkle, we have a gold fringe curtain hanging opposite the sugar skull balloons! 

sugar skull plates

PLACE SETTINGS

Food is a big part of this holiday! During this celebration, the deceased family members' favorite foods are prepared to be both enjoyed and set on alters as an offering to the dead. We have decorated a table with festive embellishments and treats that represent the holiday! 

sugar skull dia de los muertos plates

For the enjoyment of all the delicious treats, we used the glamorous sugar skull lunch plates. Bordering the plates are gold and white reusable cutlery and shiny gold fringe paper cups with black and white dot straws. To the left of the place setting, we added a Dia de los Muertos dessert plate for more festivity and more room for food! 

dia de los muertos decorations

TABLE DECORATIONS AND TREATS

For table decorations, we have brought in some more tradition with some coffin treat boxes! We filled the mini coffins with some colorfully wrapped milk chocolate balls we found at our local party supply store. These treat boxes can be filled with any kind of candy or snack, or simply used to decorate and set around the tables!

dia de los muertos coffin treat box

To protect the table from all the food and drinks enjoyed on this day, we used our black pinstripe table cover. On top of the table covering, we have sprinkled royal sparkles confetti which encompasses the beautiful colors and gold elements we have displayed in the balloon garland. 

dia de los muertos desserts

In the middle of the table, we have a black cake stand with cupcakes resting in gold and white baking cups. Beside the large cake stand, we have placed two smaller black cake stands with custom decorated Dia de los Muertos cookies. We love getting custom cookies for parties as an edible decoration and party favor! We got these adorable cookies from Objection Confections. Check out the Facebook page for other cookies made by this attorney by day and baker by night.

fiesta de los muertos masks

FINAL TOUCHES

Each chair has been adorned with a black or white sugar skull mask that your guests can wear or keep as a party favor to remember your festive Dia de los Muertos celebration! 

After reading this blog, you're all set to throw a spirited fiesta de los muertos! The only thing left to do is decide what food you are going to prepare and serve!

Be sure to save this blog for future reference and stay tuned for more creative party ideas! 

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