While trick or treaters are out tonight for Halloween, there’s another celebration that’s about to start — Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead.
Celebrated in central and southern Mexico on the days of November 1 and 2, this holiday to honour deceased loved ones traditionally consisted of quiet family gatherings at the graves of departed loved ones. However thanks in part to Hollywood, such as the opening scenes of the ‘Spectre’ James Bond movie where Bond chases a villain through crowds of people in skeleton outfits and floats, this holiday is gaining widespread popularity.
There’s a beautiful belief behind Day of the Dead, that the gates of heaven are opened at midnight on October 31 and the spirits of deceased children are allowed to reunite with their families for 24 hours and on November 2 the spirits of adults come down to enjoy the festivities that are prepared for them. You can read more about the history of Day of the Dead here.
Loving the idea of this festival and the way it brings families together, we’ve created a Day of the Dead inspired drinks station should you want to join in the celebrations at home.
Play some Mexican music, like tunes from Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, and enjoy some drinks while you remember your loved ones. There are lots of alcoholic and non-alcoholic Day of the Dead drink ideas here.
We decorated the space using gold and diamante skull mugs from Yellow Octopus, a sugar skull cookie jar from Latest Buy, sugar skull bunting and pinata that we added large paper flowers to from Homebase, and large outdoor skulls and roses umbrella from Duchess & Deco. The turquoise JBL portable speaker also fits in with the colourful decorations and will keep the music going all night long.
Flowers, candles and sugar skulls are the most common decorations used on Day of the Dead however we added a little spin and made large paper flowers in a range of bright colours out of tissue paper. It’s an inexpensive and fun activity you can do with children and can be used to decorate the tables, create garlands or rested on plates if you choose to do a table setting.
Have you ever thrown a Day of the Dead inspired party? We’d love to see photos or tell us how you decorated the space in the comments below!