The beginning of next month marks the traditional Mexican festival of Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead); commonly celebrated on November 1 and 2. I remember throughout elementary school, junior and high school, my Spanish classes would celebrate this day with food, music and traditional games. Perhaps this was because I grew up in Texas? Perhaps indeed. Well, this year I'll be hosting my own celebration, with some local friends and a delicious menu, to create a festive alfresco evening - complete with all authentic Mexican (cooked by myself, Evan and our chef friend, Amanda from the hit website, FoodPornDaily.com), festive decorations and outdoor lighting and even the cascaron eggs. To see where I'm finding my inspiration, I've created a few visuals for you! Enjoy!
I bought a pom-pom maker to create the garland shown above, DIY from Honestly WTF. Simple and basic from yarn, but will add pops of color to our dining scene, especially when intertwined with string lights across our table. Although we won't have a donkey, there are plenty of goats around our little neighborhood to add some natural, rustic Mexican-ranch-like clamor. Also, I just love churros. I hate that they are fried, but they have always been a weakness whenever they are spotted... Maybe there's a "healthier" version out there.
These paper garlands look fun and easy to make. And what's a Mexican party with pinatas of some sort, right? But to make it a true Dia de los Muertos fiesta, we need sugar skulls. I have never made these before, but this DIY looks promising. (If you want to try the sugar skull for Halloween, check out this great makeup tutorial). I was trying to find this 3D Skull Cake Pan to make a stand up version of the a sugar skull (also, in a cake form because I think it would be more delicious to devour).
Ok, so enjoy these fun Mexican alfresco dinner party ideas! I'll surely post photos from my own event after November 2! Enjoy your weekend, friends!! And don't forget to come back next week; each day will be a unique DIY for various themes of the blog, including decor, recipes, and sustainable living!
[Photos: Headliner Image: Basic background here; topography and overlay design by me
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