Get into the spirit and gear up for Day of the Dead festivities in a bright, colorful way. This year, we teamed up with Lynlee’s, Hi Sugarplum! and A Simple Pantry to create party looks, sweets and treats inspired by the Day of the Dead and the vibrant, festive way the Mexican culture (and parts of Latin America) remember and celebrate friends and family who have passed.
Lynlee of her eponymous blog jumped at the chance to create a dessert table that was largely influenced by the Day of the Dead and The Book of Life, an animated movie set during a Day of the Dead celebration. Tissue paper rosettes in saturated hues, skull decor, Mexican wedding cookies, orange polvorones and cupcakes plucked directly from The Book of Life set the scene for a lively dessert station.
She created the cupcake arrangement with books found at a second-hand store. The cupcake toppers were inspired by the movie characters: Manolo, Maria, Joaquin and even Chuy the pig! Day of the Dead chubby nutcrackers blend in nicely with the rest of the party picks.
For Cassie, the most difficult part in creating her Dia de los Muertos corner wasn’t the actual setup. “It took me longer to choose from all the cute options than it did to actually set the scene,” she said. We love how she incorporated her festive decor into her breakfast room, and how the mixture of skulls, bats and dark creatures still looked tasteful and festive when styled with the Dia de los Muertos additions.
With her Mam Papaul’s Red Velvet Cake & Frosting Mix in one hand and her cake mix attachments in the other, Karly of A Simple Pantry baked this mouthwatering 4-layer Red Velvet Cake. “I used an entire container of black food color gel to get this right, but it was worth it!” The result is a cake that kids will love and adults are sure to delight in ogling and eating!
How do you celebrate Dia de los Muertos at home? Describe the dishes, sweets and treats you’ll create for the entire family in the comments below.