The Art of Darkness

It’s a Dead Man’s Party

October 23rd, 2007 by Cobwebs

Sugar SkullNovember 1 is Dia de los Muertos, the Mexican Day of the Dead. Sugar skulls are decorated with colorful icing, little skeleton figurines are everywhere, and traditional foods are consumed graveside.

Sounds like a good excuse for a celebration to me.

AZ Central has a feature section on traditional foods, including the important Bread of the Dead. If you’re not feeling that ambitious, you can’t go wrong with chips, salsa and margaritas (this actually applies to any day of the year).

The eHow Website has some suggestions on throwing a themed Day of the Dead Party, but a more generic Latin-themed event would work just fine.

You can also make sugar skulls as party favors, or give an unadorned one to each guest and let them decorate their own. A company called, unsurprisingly, Mexican Sugar Skulls sells the molds for creating sugar skulls, and provides instructions on mixing and packing the molds. They also offer more intricate molds for chocolate skulls.

If you’d like to do something a little more permanent, use the molds to create plaster skulls, then paint them up pretty or bedeck them with sequins and rhinestones. We at Shadow Manor use similar skull molds to create our bath bombs, and can attest to their durability.

So invite some friends, living or dead, and celebrate!

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