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Dia de los Muertos Free Party Printables!

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Party_time

Its a Dia de los Muertos party and we can’t wait to enjoy it!

Dia de los Muertos is popular throughout Mexico, Central and South America. Because it falls near Halloween, and because of the well-known skull imagery, it is confused for the American Halloween festivities. Nothing could be further from reality. Dia de los Muertos is a celebration of life that coincides with the Nov 1st All Souls or All Saints Day; a traditional Catholic holiday celebrated throughout the Latin world. While November 1st is a time to celebrate the lives of the Saints and faithful departed, a blend of the religious with Mayan and Aztec cultural traditions made Dia de Los Muertos the somber, but family-centric, celebration of life it is today.

Marshmallow Skulls with a Browne base

Marshmallow Skulls with a Browne base

One of the most common symbols of Dia de los muertos are sugar skulls. Unlike the scary skeletons of Halloween, sugar skulls are “happy” and reflect the lives of deceased relatives they represent. They are often traded among friends as gifts and placed on an altar near a deceased relative’s grave. On these altars you’ll find ofrendas or offerings for the deceased relative, who is believed to be able to “pierce the veil” between death and life, on that one day of the year. In Guatemala, we take it a step further and celebrate by flying huge, colorful kites with messages for our deceased loved ones. We say, “the higher the kite flies, the closer the messages are to heaven.”

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The ofrendas you’ll see on Dia de los Muertos altars are both symbolic and reflective of the preferences, in life, the deceased had – like a favorite drink, fruit, or even some delicious chocolates. The hope is that, the relatives can be lured by all their favorite things placed on the altar, to visit for the night. Families spend a lot of money, and time, preparing for this one night of the year, to celebrate the memories of those they have lost.

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For our Dia de Los Muertos celebration we are putting together Skull Bucket filled with Mars candies like M&M’s®, SNICKERS® and 7Up 6pk that we purchase at Walmart with all of the necessary things for our fun party.

Steps

Skull Bucket:

Skull printable

• Aluminum Bucket or any other with a similar in size

• Foam sheets -2 whites 1 red -1 blue -1 yellow -1 black

• Glue (Super Glue if an adult is doing craft)

• 2 or 3 plastic flowers

Cut and glue the parts on the surface on the bucket

Cut and glue the parts on the surface on the bucket

FinishingTouches

You can use this printable here to print and use to stick on the bucket or use it as a guide like I did.

Get your BOO CARD

Get your BOO CARD

You can also get the BOO card at the social hub and follow this instructions to put it together:

  1. Cut out this “We’ve been BOO’d sign.
  2. Fold the “You’ve been BOO’d” greeting card (page 2) and tape openings together.
  3. Include the card and sign when gifting BOO bundles.

You can save $1.00 on TWO (2) 2L or 6pk 8oz cans of any flavor Sunkist® Soda, 7UP®, Canada Dry®, A&W®, Squirt®, or Sun Drop® with this link here.

Candy-Candy

You can also enter this sweepstake for a chance to win a $1000 Walmart e-gift card!

#booitforwardsweepstakes

 

 

About the author

Cesar Diaz

Cesar is a freelance graphic designer with more than 15 years of experience in the advertising world. He is the creative force behind GrowingUpBilingual.com and 365thingsswfl.com. 2 year ago he gave up his steady job so he could spend more time at home and be more involved in his kid's lives. He loves sharing tips to maintain a healthier lifestyle both at home and while traveling. He likes to cook low calorie meals with a Latino touch, specially if they are on the grill. He is a techie, a carnivore and a fitness buff not necessarily in that order. During his free time he enjoys mountain biking, working out at the gym, watching movies and traveling with his family.

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  1. Gilda Campos

    Que linda manualidad!. Estoy fascinada!. Gracias por la idea.

  2. adriana martin

    de verdad que tu haces unas obras de arte amigo yo quiero ir a una de tus fiestas =)
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  3. Marlene Martinez

    Me han encantado estas calaveras y sobre todo muchas gracias por compartir el printable creo que en definitiva haré una fiesta con estas ideas muy bello todo

  4. Wanda Lopez

    You sure know how to throw a party. I’m coming over!
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  5. Maybelline @ Naturalmente Mamá

    Sooooo awesome! You are so creative!
    Maybelline @ Naturalmente Mamá recently posted…Miércoles Mudo ~ Empanadas ArgentinasMy Profile

  6. Diana Rodriguez - Compras y Hogar

    Quedo todo preciosos! Me apunto para ir a la proxima fiesta!
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  7. s. Yissele

    Que lindo todo, ya voy corriendo a Walmart, gracias por la información, saludos y

    ¡FELIZ DÍA!ॐ
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  8. Natalia

    Everything looks so beautiful! What a nice tradition to have 🙂

  9. Allison Waken

    What a fun party setup! I just LOVE how your bucket turned out! [client]
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