How to Throw the Ultimate Day of the Dead Party

Day of the Dead Party Ideas

This year our favourite Halloween party theme is Day of the Dead!

Inspired by the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos which takes place the day after Halloween, it’s the perfect combination of spooky and stylish. Think flowers, sugar skulls and fabulous costumes with the perfect balance of spooky and stylish.

Fancy throwing your own Day of the Dead party? Read on for inspiration!

Send out invitations

These days it’s easy to invite people to your party over Facebook or Whatsapp but if you’re throwing a themed party, it’s much more fun to send out a proper invitation. We love these Day of the Dead invites – send them out about six weeks before your party to let people know what the theme is and give them time to plan their costume!

Day of the Dead Invitations

Decorate with flowers and sugar skulls

There’s only one rule of a Day of the Dead party – make it colourful!

We started our Day of the Dead party with bright and colourful party essentials from our Day of the Dead party range – enough plates, cups and napkins to cater for the whole party.

Day of the Dead Tableware

Then we picked up a couple of bunches of flowers, chopped off the stalks and scattered them across the table. Marigolds are traditional for a Day of the Dead celebration but anything colourful will do!

Day of the Dead Cups

However, don’t neglect the spooky part of your Day of the Dead party! Decorate your venue with lots of skeletons and skulls (intermixed with flowers) to strike the perfect balance of stylish and spooky. You could even have a lifesize skeleton like this sitting on the sofa among your guests!

Skulls and Flowers

A flower on top of each set of cutlery brings a touch of style to the party – and the skulls in the background bring some spookiness!

Day of the Dead Party

You can never have too many sugar skulls at a Day of the Dead party – and this sugar skull balloon would make a striking addition to your decorations!

Day of the Dead Balloon

Day of the Dead Decorations

Dress up in Day of the Dead costumes

If you’re throwing a Day of the Dead Halloween party, costumes are a must! And if you’re wondering whether you should go all out in fancy dress, the answer is YES.

Take a look at our full range of Day of the Dead fancy dress for inspiration – our favourites are Day of the Dead Señorita and Señor Day of the Dead!

Get face painting

Once you’ve got your costume, it’s time to paint your face with a spooky sugar skull face paint design!

The Mexicans call this calaveras makeup and it’s really easy to recreate it yourself. Watch the short video tutorial below to find out how to do easy Day of the Dead makeup to match your costume. But don’t worry about getting your face paint exactly like ours – there’s lots of room for improvisation with this theme!

Carve a Day of the Dead pumpkin

It wouldn’t be Halloween without pumpkins aplenty, and a Day of the Dead pumpkin would be the perfect finishing touch to your party decorations!

Download our free printable Day of the Dead pumpkin stencil for an easy way to carve an impressive pumpkin. Simply print it out, cut along the dotted lines and pin it to your pumpkin. Then trace on the design, remove the template and get carving!

Day of the Dead Pumpkin Stencil

Have you been inspired by our Day of the Dead party ideas? Visit Party Delights to pick up all the items featured in this post.

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