If you aren't familiar with the Day of the Dead it is a celebration to honor deceased relatives. Typically it is celebrated on November 1st and 2nd of every year. Events are held at cemeteries and homes with an attempt to communicate with passed loved ones. Stories are told remembering family members and the overall spirit is meant to be uplifting and on a positive note. Skulls and decorative skeletons are used to decorate for Day of the Dead along with flowers, candy, toys, and alcohol. Often shrines are built with pictures and tokens of the deceased in an effort to honor and remember them. This celebration originated in Mexico hundreds of years ago and lasted a period of weeks. In modern-day Mexico, Day of the Dead actually takes place over a period of days, from October 28 to November 2nd.
A large part of this celebration is the use of skeleton and skull decorations, and PartyCheap.com has a great selection. Get your guests into the spirit of the occasion by handing each their very own Party Beads with Day of the Dead Medallion to wear as they walk in. Next, use Day of the Dead Clings to decorate the windows and mirrors of your home. Each sheet contains 23 brightly colored clings that depict aspects of this special celebration, including: skulls, candles, flowers, and skeletons. Hang a few Day of the Dead Signs with “Dia de los Muertos” on one side, and “Day of the Dead” on the other side. For more hanging decorations, you can purchase Day of the Dead Whirls and Day of the Dead Stringers to hang from the ceiling.
Traditionally people would create a tiny altar on a set of stairs or on a table to commemorate the passed family member. This Day of the Dead altar prop recreates that look on a three dimensional cutout that has dimension to it so it looks like it is coming right out at you. Hang some Day of the Dead Whirls over top and you have your own colorful Day of the Dead shrine in the corner of your room.
Remember, a Day of the Dead celebration is paying respect to your past friends and family. It is a celebration of their life, and not a morbid event. Keep it upbeat by celebrating what they loved.