October 7, 2008

Haunted Halloween Weekend: A Frightening Fiesta

Día de los Muertos follows Halloween, falling on November 1st and 2nd. Rather than a traditional ghosts and goblins affair, why not host a frightening fiesta that incorporates the beautiful folk elements of Día de los Muertos?

frightening fiesta

Row 1
- spooky skeleton invitation
- a gorgeous presentation of pannacotta with figs and berries
- prickly pear margaritas or ghoul's punch are two bright and cheerful drinks guests are sure to love

Row 2
- while candied pumpkin is a favorite treat for this holiday, consider some papel picado inspired pumpkin pie
- make your own faux papel picado by stenciling or copying designs on to brightly coloured papers like this banner available from Bad Baby Quilts
- dress (and protect) your table in festive floral oilcloth
- delicious Chicken-Fajita Tostadas from Martha are sure to please

Row 3
- serve these chic chocolate calaveras and Aztec Elixir couture cocoa from Vosges
- I love these painted pumpkins with just a touch of glitter and, of course, these glittered bones
- a tropical fruit salsa makes a quick and colourful accompaniment

Row 4
- be sure to include brilliant bunches of marigolds in your party decor
- a colourful thank you note after the celebration will serve as a reminder of your festive fiesta
- send them off with sweet sugar skulls when your ghoulish guests depart

I hope you've enjoyed this party theme. I've really enjoyed paying homage to a beautiful cultural tradition that I find moving. Let me know what you think! Of course, stay tuned for more inspiring Halloween party ideas!