I have always loved Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebrations. If you aren’t familiar with the Mexican holiday, it is a two-day celebration that starts on November 1st to remember loved ones that have passed and are no longer with us. In addition to the wonderful traditions and meaning behind the holiday, I have always loved the bright colors, sugar skulls and flowers traditionally displayed during the elaborate festivities.
Being Latina, I want to pass on traditions from my culture to my sons so they can pass them on to their children, so I decided to set up a Dia de los Muertos Coloring Party and whipped up a batch of Champurrado (Mexican Hot Chocolate).
Here’s how you can plan a Dia de los Muertos Coloring Party of your own for your children to learn about the holiday!
Keep decorations simple with a lace table cloth or table runner and colorful throw rug.
Hang festive decorations; the colorful Paper Los Muertos Banner and Sugar Skull Garland are perfect for a party. In Mexican culture, sugar skulls represent a departed soul and usually have the name written on the forehead in remembrance of a loved one. It is placed on a home ofrenda (altar) or gravestone to honor the return of the spirit.
Candles and incense are traditionally lit for Dia de los Muertos to welcome spirits back to their altars. Simply add a few unlit candles and flameless candles on the table for your party along with a few decorative items. The nutcracker was a big hit with the kids.
Set out a Los Muertos Ceramic Cookie Jar and fill it with art supplies. I loved all the new Dia de los Muertos coloring items this season, so I picked up a few Dia de los Muertos Color Your Own Totes, the Day of the Dead Coloring Book and Activity Placemats for the kids to color.
Be sure to set out some snacks for the kids to munch on. I served Xochitl Black and Orange Halloween Tortilla Chips and Salsa along with our favorite Pan Dulce and Pumpkin Monaco Cookies to enjoy with the Champurrado.
Champurrado is a thick Mexican Hot Chocolate made with corn flour, very much like atole. Made with a mixture of spices and chocolate, this rich drink is perfect for fall and is made easily with MEXICOCOA Drinking Chocolate.