If there is a celebration in Mexico that is characterized by its colors and its tradition is the celebration of Day of the Dead and believe me, it is the perfect theme for a Quinceanera celebrated in the months of October or November.

You can get too much benefit from the Day of the Dead theme from the dress you’ll wear, makeup, decorations and of course the food!

These are the elements that can not miss on a Day of the Dead Quinceanera:

Papel Picado

Papel picado is used to decorate the altars in honor of the dead during the celebration of the Day of the Dead. The papel picado comes in many colors and designs and it is very cheap. Use it to decorate your main table or candy table or just for hang it as banners. It will bring shine and cheer to the venue!

Choose some invitations made in laser cutting that resemble the intricate designs of the papel picado.

Skulls and Catrinas

The skulls will be the key element for this theme. You can incorporate them into the decor in many ways, the classic sugar and chocolate skulls for the sweets and desserts table or to give them as favors to the guests.

If you want to take your makeup to the extreme you can paint your face like the Catrina, we have to mention that this makeup looks fabulous but before you do it you have to consider that you’ll be wearing it for many hours.

The skulls can also be worn in a subtle was as jewelry pieces like pendants or rings or even embroidered in your dress.

The Flowers

Cempasúchitl (marigold) flowers can’t miss but neither colorful flowers in pink, red, purple, and other bright colors. Make flower arrangements and place them as centerpieces.

The Food

The menu is supposed to be Mexican and there are various traditional dishes you can choose depending on your tastes and the region of Mexico where your family is from. Some of these dishes are red or green Mole, rice, beans, enchiladas, barbacoa, tacos.

Do not forget to offer fruit water, hot chocolate and atole.

The Focal Point of the Decor

Take the decoration of the venue to the extreme with a big altar into honor to your dead relatives you wish they could be there with you to celebrate that special day.

Put some pictures of them on the altar, place cardboard boxes or crates in a staggered and covered them with papel picado of different colors. Lit candles, add typical Mexican food such as mole, tamales and of course pan de muerto course atole.

Get some clay vases and place cempasúchitl flowers. The skulls can not miss or photos of your loved ones. The altar can serve as a backdrop for your photo shoot.

Your guests who are unfamiliar with this tradition will be amazed at the beauty and significance of the altar.

Talking about the dress, the choices are endless, you can make any number of combinations as the theme is very colorful. You can choose a white dress with embroidered flowers or skulls, a white dress with a headpiece of showy flowers, a black dress, with or without details in it. Another idea is to dress like Catrina, it all depends on you!

What we can say is that your Quinceanera will be unique, incomparable and unforgettable.

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