We have everything you need to throw the perfect Dia de los Muertos celebration. Get decorating tips and delicious recipes for a bright and festive celebration with traditional touches.

By BH&G Editors
September 22, 2017

day of the dead skull pumpkin decorations

The sugar skull is an iconic symbol of Day of the Dead and is easily recognizable by its creative patterns and inclusion of bright colors. To get the look, paint a group of pumpkins black, add the skull shape in white, and then go back over with black and bright colors to create the embellishments. To keep the theme going, scatter smaller black and white painted pumpkins throughout the party.

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Printable Invitations

These free, printable invitations with colorful sugar skull patterns are the perfect way to invite guests to the celebration. In the months leading up to the holiday, look for postage stamps in bright patterns and add them to black envelopes to tie the whole invitation together.

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Bold Decor

To create this bright floral look out of tissue paper, trace around a bowl to cut several large circles out of tissue paper. Use the same color paper to cut a few slightly smaller circles, and then a few more circles about half the size of the first. With scissors, scallop the edges of all the circles, then stack them by size with the smallest on top; staple the stack of circles in the center. Then, crinkle the layers around the staple to create the floral look. Scatter these around party tables or glue them together to form a festive wall hanging.

DIY Drink Stirrers

Sugar skull drink stirrers and fresh fruit perfectly complement these spritz-ade cocktails in such flavors as raspberry and mango. With our easy how-to instructions, you can make these adorable stirrers in minutes. Add them to tall glasses—like those used for traditional tequila cocktails—or make an equally delicious nonalcoholic version. Yum!

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Lace Votives

Candles are a staple of Day of the Dead celebrations, as they are thought to light the way for spirits trying to find their way home. These black lace votives are a beautiful way to dress up plain candles. Simply trim lace patterns with scissors, and use Mod Podge to attach to the outside of a glass votive. Allow to dry before using.

Savory Spread

Wow your guests with a savory display of three different spreads: pumpkin, sweet pea, and garlic. Top off your tray of goodies with homemade saltine crackers. These snacks are as pretty as they are yummy!

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Decorated Desserts

Mini layer cakes are a tasty blank canvas for bright patterns created with neon jelly beans. Serve the festive treats on black paper doilies or napkins to tie the decor theme to the treat table.

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Mini Sugar Skull String Lights

DIY ping pong ball string lights become a festive decoration for your party with this simple video tutorial. Turn ping pong balls into lanterns for the string lights. Prep them by drilling a hole into the ping pong ball big enough for your light to fit into, but not so big the ball falls off. Then, start painting your sugar skulls onto the ping pong balls!


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