Honor lost loved ones by gathering family and friends together at a dazzling Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) party. Learn how to incorporate the holiday’s traditions into your own Halloween celebration with our Día de los Muertos party guide.
Día de los Muertos Invitations
Set the mood by sending the premium Evite invitation below or another one of our Día de los Muertos invitations. Since Día de los Muertos centers around celebrating loved ones who have passed, consider asking guests to bring a dish that reminds them of a relative they’d like to remember.
Día de los Muertos Decorations
Choose decorations that celebrate life while commemorating the dead: Light lots of candles, hang papel picado (tissue paper banners), set out sugar skulls, and display bright bouquets of flowers. Decorate with bold colors and candy skulls.
Marigolds are one of the most important symbols of any Día de los Muertos celebration. It is often said that the bright orange color leads the way for the dead to come back and visit, and the sweet aroma welcomes them upon arrival. Create centerpieces by bundling bunches of marigolds in large vases, adding other fresh flowers for even more pop.
Día de los Muertos Food
Keep the purpose of the party in mind by serving your family’s favorite foods — consider asking each guest to contribute by bringing a favorite side dish or dessert or cooking up an old family recipe. Prepare or purchase store-bought sweet rolls and pastries, or pan de muerto (bread of the dead), the official food of the holiday.
Pay tribute to the beloved symbol of Día de los Muertos celebrations by purchasing or baking sugar skull sugar cookies (we bought these beautiful cookies from Confections by Michele). Ice each cookie with white frosting, then pipe colored icing on top to decorate.
Día de los Muertos Attire
Face painting is a big part of the Día de los Muertos tradition, dating all the way back to the Aztecs. Learn how to create your own calavera (skull) makeup by watching our video tutorial. Paint your face before guests arrive, or provide makeup at the party and make it a group activity.
Complete the look by creating your own DIY flower crown.
Día de los Muertos Activities
Sand paintings are a part of the Día de los Muertos tradition, so make sand art a party activity. Purchase small glass bottles with cork tops and use a funnel to layer different colors of sand inside, creating a bright and beautiful design. This kid-friendly activity is also a great way to get the little ones involved in the festivities.
Go all out by tackling this stunning DIY sugar skull piñata — it’s sure to be a huge hit among kids and adults alike. Line everyone up, then start swinging!
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