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Calling all souls!
Hi Friends! I am so excited to share my Day of the Dead party with all of you today. This bright and vibrant backyard party is too fun to miss! It’s perfect for tweens and teens—and full of activities, a DIY craft, and a full pack of FREE party printables. I created this party in partnership with Oriental Trading and Fun365.
When I first started planning and envisioning this Day of the Dead party, I knew I wanted it to be full of florals, bright colors and skeletons painted in the traditional Dia de los Muertos style. Day of the Dead (Dia de Los Muertos) is a Mexican holiday that celebrates family and friends coming together to honor those who have died. It is a beautiful celebration of remembrance for lives passed. I absolutely love this holiday because it really celebrates life and memories, not death.
Day of the Dead Face Painting
A big part of all Dia de los Muertos celebrations in Mexico involves face painting. People paint their faces to look like skulls as a way to honor a deceased loved one or as an expression of themselves. For our Day of the Dead Tween Party I knew I wanted to incorporate this type of face painting and since this party is for tweens and teens, I thought it would be a fun party activity! My 13-year-old niece and her friends absolutely love trying different makeup tutorials and application techniques, so this was the perfect activity for them.
CREATE YOUR OWN DAY OF THE DEAD FACE PAINTING BY FOLLOWING THE FULL STEP-BY-STEP TUTORIAL ON FUN365 HERE!>>
Painted Skeleton Craft Tutorial
An iconic and traditional element of Dia de los Muertos is painting skulls using bright colors and designs. For our Day of the Dead Tween Party I knew I wanted to incorporate this aesthetic by painting the faces of two life size skeletons as well as a French Bulldog skeleton. To further bring these skeletons to life, or the after-life, I dressed them in fun themed clothing.
Day of the Dead Free Party Printables
I’ve designed a collection of FREE party printables to help you really get in the spirit! The designs include a Day of the Dead themed invitation, welcome signage, bottle labels, cupcake wrappers and toppers, backdrop sign and large skull graphics, as well as a “Forever We Are Soul Sisters” necklace favor printable. I absolutely love this favor printable. It’s designed to be paired with Day of the Dead necklaces. Reminiscent of “best friend” necklaces, this is such a fun Day of the Dead take on friendship jewelry! The invitation and necklace favor printable are both editable PDFs. Simply open these files in Adobe Reader and personalize them with the name and event information of your choice!
I hope you enjoyed this Day of the Dead party!
If you use any of these ideas or free printable designs, I’d love to see them! Please tag me on Instagram. I love connecting with all of you and seeing your awesome events and celebrations!
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