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A Day of the Dead Party

Oct 17, 2012

by Rebekka Seale

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Rebekka Seale is an artist and illustrator in Nashville, Tennessee. All of her work is hand-painted, reflecting her love for charm in a digital world. She spends her days crafting custom portraits, stationery, illustrations for print, and personal projects. While she works, she dreams of pastries, trains and New Orleans. Visit her at her website, Etsy shop, and her blog, Dear Friend.

Halloween became my favorite holiday somewhere between the moonlit hayrides of my childhood and the crisp, star-sprinkled October nights that I love here in Tennessee. I look forward to this month all year long — the days are wild and windy, and the nights heavy with mystery and magic.

We throw a Halloween party almost every year, usually with a good dose of old-fashioned spooky glamour: vampires and fake blood worthy of the silver screen. But this year I’m thinking I’ll go brighter, lighter, and more flowery with a Mexican Dia de los Muertos celebration.

 

[1. Rose floral hair piece by ColasArt; 2.Original paper cutting by SheMakeR; 3. Sugar skull ring by sweetie2sweetie4.Wood sugar skull earrings by GreenTreeJewelry; 5. Rose crown by BloomDesignStudio.]

Think Frida Kahlo, papercut banners, natural wood accents, colorful embroidery, and, of course, lots of sugar skulls. I’ll wear a crown of roses and we’ll all sip cinnamon spiced hot chocolate and mulled wine to celebrate the souls that have gone before us.

 

[1.Yellow rose hair pins by rosesandlemons; 2.Vintage porcelain rose earrings by roomofyourown3. Embroidered headband by ChidoBueno; 4. Skull earrings by Exgalabur5. Silver sugar skull rings by SpotLightJewelry.]

The prettiest Dia de los Muertos costumes can be put together easily with a few special details.  A flowing, embroidered Mexican dress (like this one) paired with some pretty flower hair pieces and dainty skull jewelry is all that’s needed. Skeleton face paint optional, but very nice.

 

1. Sugar skull garland by TheDollCityRocker; 2. Handmade paper wreath by greentrikepress; 3. Striped paper straws from DimeStoreBuddy; 4. Printable invitations by dollfacedesign.

An antique cream and black color palate for decor provides a perfect backdrop for all those colorful costumes. This printable invitation is made for weddings, but the text can be customized by the seller for any sort of party. Paper garland and wreaths are festive and fun and can be stored away for use each year. Black and white paper straws for sipping party punch are the perfect finishing touch!

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73 comments

  • SuzisPillowStudio

    Suzi from ThePillowStudioShop said 6 years ago

    Those invitations are a must for me this year- they make me smile! Thanks for sharing.

  • OurBrand

    Katy and Kyle from OurBrand said 6 years ago

    Love the paper garlands and the flowers in the hair! Beautiful

  • rubyrockwell

    Jennifer Irwin-Carey from rubyrockwell said 6 years ago

    I love this treasury - the Day of the Dead is one of my favorite holidays and I'm obsessed with skulls and sugar skulls. Please check out my shop for LOTS of skull stickers and halloween decor! http://www.etsy.com/shop/rubyrockwell Good luck everyone with your sales this fall!

  • ThePolkadotMagpie

    Polkadot Magpie from ThePolkadotMagpie said 6 years ago

    Love all the skulls, and DOD. I'm starting a 365 skeleton project on Day of the Dead. Been buying all sorts of Etsy sellers skeleton items. Love Doll City!

  • recycledwares

    Nerrissa W from RecycledWares said 6 years ago

    I live in Texas where this holiday is celebrated by many people. I never heard about the holiday until I moved here. Thanks for the ideas!

  • solocosmo

    Jessica Grundy from solocosmo said 6 years ago

    I LOVE LOVE the Friday Flower Headdress!

  • vintagetogoetsy

    Kennedy Miranda from vintagetogoetsy said 6 years ago

    In Los Angeles, DOD is an old traditionally celebrated event! As a hoarder, I'm lessening my DOD home decor in hopes of passing them on to those that appreciated Mexican Folk art in the home.

  • vintagetogoetsy

    Kennedy Miranda from vintagetogoetsy said 6 years ago

    I love the handmade paper flower wreath and the black and white paper straws! Thank you etsy for bringing the paper straws back in style--- they used to be so hard to find!

  • wildthingz

    Andrea from wildthingz said 6 years ago

    I love day of the dead! Great post!

  • elianne07

    Elizabeth French from Unpurled said 6 years ago

    The skull cameo is to die for!

  • PiperPixie

    Piper Pixie from PiperPixieDesigns said 6 years ago

    The Day of the Dead garland from theDollCityRocker is pretty fab! And the printable invitations from dollfacedesign are freakin' sweet, too!

  • Paquette07

    Amanda Paquette from MoltenPerspective said 6 years ago

    Fall nights are perfect for parties! especially as it gets dark sooner, the spooky themes are so much fun! Skulls are just fabulous.

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat from mazedasastoat said 6 years ago

    Halloween and Dia de los Muertos are two celebrations that are culturally & spiritually miles apart & totally unrelated. Strictly speaking, they should not even be celebrated on the same day & any similarities are purely coincidental. While I have nothing against an eclectic approach, please remember that for some of us Halloween is a solemn religious festival that we take very seriously... despite having a little fun.

  • Ayca

    Ayca Hoser from Ayca said 6 years ago

    Love the paper wreath!

  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie said 6 years ago

    I love day of the dead! These parties are always so much fun!!!

  • VoleedeMoineaux

    Hillary De Moineaux from VoleedeMoineaux said 6 years ago

    Very Cool!

  • RoxiSimpleStrings

    Roxann McArthur from RoxiSimpleStrings said 6 years ago

    Always wanted to do this, thanks for the festive decoration ideas and shops!

  • paramountvintage

    kristin from blackmoonsky said 6 years ago

    What a fun theme! I sell amazIng floral crowns in my shop and I know some special customers who are using them for this exact costume!!! So cute :)

  • messinabella

    messinabella from BandBEstate said 6 years ago

    Love all your picks!

  • ljersey

    Lisa Jersey from JerseyGirlTrinkets said 6 years ago

    What neat and cool halloween themes! I love the day of the dead holiday!

  • valerieoutlet

    Valerie from vtylercollection said 6 years ago

    We threw a Dia De Los Muertos party a few years ago. I went NUTS decorating, and actually learned a lot researching in trying to get many parts of our celebration culturally correct. Now, if you ever get the chance, DO DO DO go to Mexico for the holiday. We were so lucky to go one year to Quintana Roo (Playa Del Carmen) without even realizing it was Dia de los muertos (Nov 1st) and got to see an AMAZING celebration! From highly detailed calaveras to stunning ofrendas it is such a monumental celebration of the circle of life. I can't emphasize enough what an amazing experience it was to partake in. While we Americans may think of the holiday as a bit morbid with all the sugar skulls and whatnot, it's actually quite a reflection and remembrance of those who have passed.

  • ayasuki

    Aya Kasper from HikariDesign said 6 years ago

    Day of the Dead has always been a Holiday we celebrated as a family. I still create pieces to carry on the tradition and I couldnt be happier than more and more people are finding the tradition something unique and special to also celebrate with those they love and lost. www.HikariDesign.Etsy.com Aya

  • MusidoraCreations

    Angel Salavec from MusidoraCreations said 6 years ago

    lovely blog. wish I could attend your party in Tennessee. I too dream of New Orleans while I work away on my skullptures. Enjoy these Autumn nights! :)

  • paradisepapercraft

    Paradise Papercraft from ParadisePapercraft said 6 years ago

    A great treasury - I make a sugar skull too :-) https://www.etsy.com/listing/110153945/paper-cut-day-of-the-dead-sugar

  • lmouer

    Lynsey from lmouer said 6 years ago

    Great ideas! I love Day of the Dead!

  • amusebeads

    amusebeads from amusebeads said 6 years ago

    Great choices- I love the cameo, what a great twist on tradition!

  • Nerfenstein

    Nerfenstein from Nerfenstein said 6 years ago

    Hungry Designs.com is one of my favorite artists, her stuff is always so unique and beautiful. Glad she was included. I have that cameo stuck to the front of my work PC, always gets comments.

  • polishedtwo

    Tracy Owens from polishedtwo said 6 years ago

    One of my favorite themes and the subject of most of my jewelry... Lovely piece! Thank you!!

  • Ridgevales

    Lindsay from SweetThreesBoutique said 6 years ago

    I especially love the paper wreath! Great stuff!

  • yellowlemons

    Jen Ullman from yellowlemons said 6 years ago

    Fabulous! I have never been on this side of Etsy before but, I will have to be here more often. What a fun party idea.

  • PopLoveCouture

    Shai Wallach from PopLoveCouture said 6 years ago

    I like the sound of a Day of the Dead party, but why not do both? Party after Party!!! My favorite time of year...

  • silviaberrios1

    Silvia Berrios from DesignsbySilvia said 6 years ago

    Thank you Rebekka for bringing Dia de los Muertos to Etsy's blog. In Mesoamerica we celebrate November 1,2. We pay homage in a joyous way to our ancestors: food, flowers, sugar skulls, music, ofrendas, beautiful and unique altars in remembrance of our beloved "muertitos". An important celebration in the circle of life/death...

  • storeythreads

    Naomi Storey from StoreyThreads said 6 years ago

    My husband and I used small day of the dead figures as our cake topper at our wedding! It was so fun, and unique!

  • NaviWing

    NaviWing from NaviWing said 6 years ago

    This is cultural appropriation, and it is not okay. Dia de los muertos is a spiritual holiday, not a day where kids putz around in costumes for candy. It's extremely disrespectful to equate this with the secular American version of Halloween. I highly suggest people read this blog post: http://nuestrahermana.tumblr.com/post/11826227843/dia-de-los-muertos-is-not-your-halloween-by

  • davidlehmann

    David Lehmann from CreationUnfinished said 6 years ago

    I enjoyed your Dia de los Muertos blog, and have been thinking along the same lines. Apologies for self-promotion, but check these skeleton and peppers earrings out: https://www.etsy.com/listing/111176438/colorful-earrings-for-halloween-and-day Thanks!

  • bluetileMosaics

    Leslie from bluetileMosaics said 6 years ago

    I've always LOVEd the art and culture of Day of the Dead. Great ideas here. The holiday falls after Halloween, on November 1 & 2. It really is a joyous way to our connect, remember and celebrate the lives of our family and friends who have departed, thru food, flowers, music, and beautiful altars. Hope you'll check out my shop- bluetileMosaics- for my lovingly handmade Mosaic Tiled DAY of the DEAD items, as well as other Mosaics for your Home. Thanks! Leslie B.

  • MinaMinette

    Jan Penn from MinaMinette said 6 years ago

    Great items!

  • BambuEarth

    Amber from BambuEarth said 6 years ago

    Love the black and white straws. I don't celebrate Dia de los muertos, but it just seems odd to use it for a Halloween theme when it is a spiritual holiday that is fundamentally opposite to Halloween.

  • FawningInLove

    Fawning Inlove from FawningInLove said 6 years ago

    What a great blog entry. :]

  • DabbleDown

    DabbleDown from DabbleDown said 6 years ago

    We have many day of the dead decals in our shop...stop by :)

  • SpotLightJewelry

    Cat Hutchings from SpotLightJewelry said 6 years ago

    Such a creative post and items. Happy to be featured amongst such talent!

  • MyLittleOtter

    MyLittleOtter from MyLittleOtter said 6 years ago

    Here in Tucson, Dia de los Muertos is a pretty big deal. That's why I just HAD to put skull crayons in my shop.

  • peshka

    Peshka from Peshka said 6 years ago

    Great post!

  • AudreyAnne

    AudreyAnne said 6 years ago

    This is what cultural appropriation looks like.

  • DoubleActionDesign

    Julie Farrell from OddLotEmporium said 6 years ago

    Our Texas Day of the Dead celebration is next weekend. I can't wait and next year will be sure to be a vendor! I specialize in Sugar Skull wedding invites and party invites in my store. Also have taken a stab at some paper mache skulls. Very god post and glad this celebration is getting recognized!

  • iammieCLAYshop

    iammieCLAYshop from iammieCLAYshop said 6 years ago

    Cool!

  • KMalinka

    Natalia from KMalinkaVintage said 6 years ago

    Cool:O)

  • VandaFashion

    Vanda Fashion from VandaFashion said 6 years ago

    Very cool! Great post :)

  • ATLIART

    LIAT kires from ATLIART said 6 years ago

    tHANX FOR A VERY INTERESTING POST! CONGRATS!!

  • Artblonde

    Kira Melamed from ArtBlonde said 6 years ago

    What a great post, and such beautiful items picked out!

  • cottonbirddesigns

    Angela Cotton from CottonBirdDesigns said 6 years ago

    Great post!

  • CaramellyBurn

    Caramelly Bee from CaramellyBurn said 6 years ago

    Great choices

  • LittleWrenPottery

    Victoria Baker from LittleWrenPottery said 6 years ago

    I love the floral look that day of the dead has, great to see it becoming more popular at halloween!

  • Rebekkaseale

    Rebekka Seale from Rebekkaseale said 6 years ago

    Hello! Thanks for the comments! To the folks who are pointing out that Day of the Dead and Halloween are two different holidays and shouldn't be celebrated in place of each other...I totally agree! I'm sorry if I implied that I was having a Day of the Dead party FOR Halloween...that's not what I said or meant. I have chosen to have a Day of the Dead party to celebrate Dia De Los Muertos INSTEAD of a Halloween party. Sorry for any confusion! <3 Rebekka

  • cberez

    CB DESIGN'S from CBDesignsPR said 6 years ago

    very cool post!

  • Faithopeinspire

    Jody and Terri from FaithHopeInspire said 6 years ago

    Awesome and impressive post!! Thanks (-:

  • jodieflowers

    jodieflowers from jodieflowers said 6 years ago

    Love it!

  • lulusnest

    Lulu Hill from lulusnest said 6 years ago

    Such a fun collection! Can't wait for Halloween... and all of that CANDY!

  • Zalavintage

    Zane Saracene from Zalavintage said 6 years ago

    Great idea to introduce to our NYC Halloween block party, the streets are blocked to traffic and open to everyone on this magical night, the brownstones decorate their stoops, others create scary houses in their lobbies for the kids to wander through and enjoy and we even have one that puts on an aerial show each year with flying princess acrobatics and their heroes as they're rescued from some villain, Halloween is fun for everyone

  • AudreyAnne

    AudreyAnne said 6 years ago

    Rebbeka - I understand that you're not trying to have this instead of a halloween party, but it is still appropriation. Day of the Dead is a religious/cultural celebration of a religion/culture you don't seem to be a part of, and are only interested in because you think it looks cool. It's not cool. We don't need more "white people's versions" of things in the world, the original versions are fine just as they are.

  • mooshoopork

    mooshoo from mooshoopork said 6 years ago

    lovely collection for day of the dead! I have always been a bit drawn to the flowers and bones of it all... probably why i make day of the dead nesting dolls! hehe thanks for sharing :)

  • ziemart

    Vilija from ziemart said 6 years ago

    I don't really like skulls, but these items are really nice. I would totally wear them.

  • LikeFrostingOnTop

    Jenny Carrillo from LikeFrostingOnTop said 6 years ago

    Don't forget marigolds at your party - you will see them on traditional dia de los muertos alters. Perfect for Fall!

  • MusicCityVintage

    Angela Lovett from MusicCityVintage said 6 years ago

    Fantastic post....I love all of your picks.....and a BIG hello from a fellow Middle Tennessean! Today was a perfect example of those "wild and windy days"! Best wishes!

  • TheBeautyofBoredom

    Gracie from TheBeautyofBoredom said 6 years ago

    Love the striped straws and the jewelry!

  • LaECLECTICa

    LaECLECTICa from Laeclectica said 6 years ago

    Wonderful post!

  • guext65

    JW Lin from JWPersonalShop said 6 years ago

    wow... So cool

  • Lorahandmade

    Lora from HandmadebyLORAcom said 6 years ago

    I love the orange flower.... great post.

  • xZOUix

    Zoui from XZOUIX said 6 years ago

    amazing finds, congrats to all talented contributors :)

  • monasweet

    Mona Sweet from MonaCrochetdoll said 6 years ago

    you have good idea and create for halloween festival.

  • donnieleandro

    Donnie from DonniesDiscounts said 6 years ago

    skulls are more for guys

  • TheHouseofZuehl

    Ms. Z from TheHouseOfZuehl said 6 years ago

    Great blog I live in TExas were Day of the dead or dia de los muertos is celebrated! we have parades and fiestas to celebrate our loved ones passings! Costumes are a big part of the festivities here in SA. We made costumes for anyone needing to celebrate in a parade or other event! The day is comming soon!

  • ccelaya

    CC from CC23Craftz said 5 years ago

    Sugar Skull Art workshops in Southern Cali next month...get ideas and make your own sugar skulls for decor...Molds available as well....go to www.SugarSkulz.com for more info.

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