Day of the Dead Party, Kid Approved
Posted on 27 October 2017
I was originally drawn to the Day of the Dead celebration because of its bold colors and beautifully decorated sugar skulls. As i researched this vibrant holiday, I fell more and more in love with the meaning behind the day.
The Day of the Dead is a time of celebration and remembrance of loved ones who have passed away. The days of the dead are truly a celebration of life. When children dance with caricatures of death, eat skull sugar molds and learn to respect that life is brief, they learn there is a circle to life and to not fear death and then are free to enjoy and appreciate every moment. And that is an important message that I try to instill into my girls.
I had been dying (no pun intended) to style a Day of the Dead party for some time. Most of you know my styling style is full of color. I try sometimes to not use so much color but I can't help myself. I wanted to have a party that was able to occupy the children while the adults got to party as well!
I asked one of my favorite mamas, Shea Curry of Shameless Mama, and her twin girls to join us. A mama always need a drinking buddy, right?! Which brings me to this yummy cocktail:
Strawberry Skull Margarita
- 5 strawberries
- splash of water
- 1 Tbls granulated sugar
- 3 oz tequila (I used silver tequila)
- 2 oz strawberry puree
- 1 oz Meyer lemon simple syrup
- 1 tsp triple sec
- Medium dice strawberries and put into a blender with the water and sugar. Puree until smooth, set aside.
- Mix ingredients and pour over ice (or freeze halved strawberries like I did in place of ice cubes). Serve and enjoy!
Virgin Strawberry Skull Margarita for the Girls!
- Trader Joe's Strawberry Lemonade
- Frozen Strawberries as ice cubes
Glitter Ice Cubes
Of course I had to make glitter skull ice cubes to keep the lemonade chilled. Super easy but makes such a statement.
- Fill ice cube trays with water and glitter
- Add anything else that will look cute, ha!
- I spray painted skull rings and added them to the trays
- Freeze and enjoy the sparkle. Please do not use in the drinks. Just in the ice bucket for presentation.
Sugar Skull DIY
Now that we got the most important part out of the way, let's talk party decor! I think Sugar Skulls are absolutely beautiful and I wanted to create a bunch of different ones in all sorts of colors but on a budget. They are so so easy to make and the possibilities are endless. I used plastic skulls and also large felt skulls but you can use most of the materials for both.
- White skeleton skulls ($1 each)
- Spray paint in your choice of colors
- Small paint brush
- Hot glue gun
- Mod Podge
- Using paint or spray paint cover the entire skull and let dry
- Get inspo from Pinterest
- Use Mod Podge in the eyes
- Sprinkle with glitter and empty extra in a cardboard box so you can reuse
- Add the gems with the hot glue gun
- Then add the paint designs with a small brush
- Use a sharpie to outline the teeth
- Add flowers to the top if desired
I am a firm believer that if you give the kids something cool enough to do they will let you enjoy the party as well. Most of my kids table set-ups involve a craft of some kind. For this party, Moorea was excited to help me from the beginning so I thought of a cool craft that she could do to prep for the party
Painted Bamboo Silverware
One of my favorite inexpensive additions to any party are custom painted silverware. This idea works really well with the bamboo silverware. I made a color pallette for Moorea with non-toxic paints and let her go at it. She definitely has her Mamas creative bug in her.
Sugar Skull Magnets
The craft that I had on the table for this party was a make your own sugar skull magnet. It kept them occupied for just enough time for the Mamas to have fun!
- Foam or felt sugar skull cutouts
- Stick on magnets
You can also do the same thing for these large skull cutouts and really dress up your backdrop or mantle.
And sugar skull cookies are a must! Your littles could decorate them or have a professional like Amy Cakes and Sweet Treats make them like I did!
And most importantly surround yourself with uplifting, real and loving people.
And ALWAYS HAVE FUN!