Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Dia De Los Muertes

Day of the Dead, or in Spanish Día de los Muertos, is a holiday celebrated by many in Mexico and by some Mexican Americans living in the United States and Canada. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. The celebration typically occurs in November but we have done two weddings with this theme so far this year. Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting graves with these as gifts. Some may think skulls at a wedding are a bit odd, but when you look at the deeper meaning, it is quite beautiful, to celebrate loved ones you have lost.

Here are some white chocolate molds we made as cupcake toppers for a wedding

we then added small flowers for the eyes to make them even more festive

the flavors for the cupcakes were coconut with cream cheese frosting and spicy chocolate with cream cheese frosting

I didn't get any photos of the cupcakes placed on the tower at the reception as I didn't go set them up. Once Pastrygirl posts them, I will add them on. We also did a small fondant covered cake in hot pink and the bride and groom provided a topper.

Next are some pictures I found online. There is nothing better than finding amazing inspiration! These are some great sugar cookies

and a beautiful wedding cake

not all Day of the Dead decor is colorful

Can skulls really be cute?? Yes they can! This topper is adorable

and I couldn't resist showing these, amazing!

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