A LIVELY AFFAIR
Halloween has a firm hold on Americans, but this fall we’re exploring an even sweeter tradition: Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead.
This Mexican holiday of remembrance is traditionally observed between October 31 and November 2. While Halloween conjures up the idea that what lies beyond the grave is spooky, Day of the Dead embraces the spirits of those we’ve lost. And it truly isn’t somber—it’s a colorful, joyful, and delicious celebration! Observers of the tradition prepare their loved ones’ favorite dishes as offerings in hopes that the food will help guide their spirits back from the afterlife.
While we can’t know what your lost loved ones’ most treasured dishes were, we’ve rounded up a few Mexican recipes Allrecipes community members love, as well as a host of beautiful Mexicanmade and Mexican-inspired decorations for a festive party you and your living guests are sure to enjoy.
Serve tamales on Better Homes & GardensBurns Dinnerware. $50 for 16-piece set at Walmart
Serve Mexican sodas in Santino Recycled DoubleOld-Fashioned Glasses. The thick green-glass soda bottles you love live on in these prettyglasses made in Mexico from recycled Coca-Cola bottles. $51 for set of six atpotterybarn.com
String up a colorful Papel Picado Banner. Each design on this 10-flag, 18-foot banner was handmade by artisan paper cutters in Mexico. $14.50 for large springpattern at mexevents.com
Sass up your table with a Día de los Muertos Dog made by first-gen Mexican American artist Iris Romero. Choose from many handpainted ceramic pieces in her Etsy store, CalaverasArt, or get your request in early for a custom work like this one. $50 for 5-inch dog figurine at etsy.com
Decorate Sugar Skulls with royal icing. $13 for skull mold or $9.50 for premade skull at mexicansugarskull.com
Serve condiments in a La Chamba Triple Salsa Dish. This Colombian black clay vessel is heat safe, so it works well for hot dips and cool salsas. $28 at ancientcookware.com