How to Create a Colorful Day of the Dead Dessert Table
This time of year you see Halloween decorations everywhere, but over the last few years we’ve seen more and more decorations for Day of the Dead, or as it’s also known Dia De Los Muertos. I am enjoying seeing America embracing this important Mexican tradition. I really love the Day of the Dead, everything from the music to the flowers to the food! That’s why I am so excited to be sharing this bright and colorful Day of the Dead themed party with you today!
Day of the Dead is a multi-day celebration lasting from October 31, or All Hallows Eve, until November 2, All Saints Day. The three-day fiesta is filled with marigolds (the flowers of the dead), pan de muertos (the bread of the dead), sugar skulls, skeletons, tissue paper decorations and more!
Alters are usually decorated with flowers, candles, pan de muerto, ceramic skulls, and most importantly pictures of loved ones. Food placed on the altar consists of the loved ones favorite dishes and treats. Drinks should be placed in the altar to quench the thirst of the dead after their long journey back home.
With this party, I knew I wanted to keep things colorful, so I decided to use Calaveritas Collection from Chic Party Goods throughout the party. For the back drop, I used the Chic Party Goods papel picado banner and glittery skull wreath, I also used a colorful yarn tassel garland that I had purchased before and I can’t remember where, and a paper banner that I found at World Market.
On the table I went with a black table cloth, and used several different white cake stands to set up my cupcakes and my drinks. I also used a pink cake stand as my main table focus and this one is from Amalfi Decor.
I added some Day of the Dead candles because they are key for this celebration .
I decided to serve Sugar Skull cookies, and cupcakes along with Mexican fruit flavored sodas.
Then to give the table a centerpiece, I used a Fake Cake from Conception Deception.
I used the cutouts I got from Chic Party Goods in a few different ways for this celebration. I added them to my paper straws and used them as cupcake toppers! I love finding different ways to use elements!
To add even more color to this party, I created a banner for the table by using Day of the Dead themed napkins and some twine. Quick and easy addition to any party! Then I used paper lanterns in front of my table, along with some really beautiful tissue paper flowers created by 16 Tassels.
I want to know, does your family celebrate Day of the Dead?
What is your favorite part of this Mexican tradition? Let me know in the comments!