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!

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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!  

 Colorful Day of the Dead themed dessert table with sugar skull cookies and sugar skull cupcake toppers. Click for more Day of the Dead party ideas for a dessert table on the Mint Event Design party blog from Austin, Texas based party stylist www.minteventdesign.com #dayofthedead #diadelosmuertos #sugarskulls #mexicanparty #halloweenparty #partyideas

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.  

 Sugar skull decorations and treats are the highlight of this Day of the Dead Halloween Party. Find more Dia de Muertos party inspiration on the Mint Event Design party blog www.minteventdesign.com #dayofthedead #diadelosmuertos #sugarskulls #mexicanparty #halloweenparty #partyideas #papelpicado

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.

 Details of the pretty papel picado banner and other colorful Day of the Dead decorations. Find more Dia de Muertos party inspiration on the Mint Event Design party blog www.minteventdesign.com #dayofthedead #diadelosmuertos #sugarskulls #mexicanparty #halloweenparty #partyideas #papelpicado #partydecor

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.

 Sugar skull decorations and papel picado banners create the perfect dessert table backdrop for this Day of the Dead Halloween Party. Find more Dia de Muertos party inspiration on the Mint Event Design party blog www.minteventdesign.com #dayofthedead #diadelosmuertos #sugarskulls #mexicanparty #halloweenparty #partyideas #papelpicado
 Bright and Colorful Skull Cupcakes are the perfect dessert decoration at this Dia de Los Muertos party. Find more Dia de Muertos party inspiration on the Mint Event Design party blog www.minteventdesign.com #dayofthedead #diadelosmuertos #sugarskulls #mexicanparty #halloweenparty #partyideas #cupcakes #cupcaketoppers
 Colorful Mexican Sodas are the perfect drink for a Day of the Dead Halloween Party. Find more Dia de Muertos party inspiration on the Mint Event Design party blog www.minteventdesign.com #dayofthedead #diadelosmuertos #sugarskulls #mexicanparty #halloweenparty #partyideas
 The best party sweets for a Dia de Muertos party include beautiful sugar skull cookies and cupcakes topped with black frosting and a glitter sugar skull cupcake toppers. Find more Day of the Dead party inspiration on the Mint Event Design party blog www.minteventdesign.com #dayofthedead #diadelosmuertos #sugarskulls #mexicanparty #halloweenparty #partyideas

Then to give the table a centerpiece, I used a Fake Cake from Conception Deception.

 This Fake Cake from Confection Deception adds the perfect finishing centerpiece to the dessert table for a Day of the Dead Halloween Party. Find more Dia de Muertos party inspiration on the Mint Event Design party blog www.minteventdesign.com #dayofthedead #diadelosmuertos #sugarskulls #mexicanparty #halloweenparty

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!

 Skull decorations and cupcake toppers at this Day of the Dead party add fun and can even be attached to party straws for extra fun color. Find more Dia de Muertos party inspiration on the Mint Event Design party blog www.minteventdesign.com #dayofthedead #diadelosmuertos #sugarskulls #mexicanparty #halloweenparty

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.

 Find how to create these colorful Papel Picado banners from Day of the Dead themed napkins and paper lanterns on the Mint Event Design party blog from the Austin, Texas based party stylist www.minteventdesign.com #dayofthedead #diadelosmuertos #sugarskulls #mexicanparty #partyideas #papelpicado #partydecor

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!

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Vendor Credits

Calaveritas Collection: Chic Party Goods

Cake Stand: Amalfi Decor  

Fake Cake: Confection Deception

Tissue Flowers: 16 Tassels

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