One of my most favorite things to do is decorate our bar cart for various holidays. It’s the perfect opportunity to go all out, completely over the top cheesy. I must say I don’t believe in restraint when decorating for any holiday. I certainly admire all of the magazine worthy, classy, tasteful and grown up images circulating the rest of blog land and Pinterest but it’s just not me. You can see my previous Halloween, Christmas, and Easter bar carts here, here, and here.
This Halloween I wanted to do something a little different so I came up with a Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) theme.
Dia de los Muertos is a very old Mexican tradition when people take the time to remember family and friends who have died. It’s a time of celebration not sadness. It’s believed that the dead visit their families on October 31st and leave on November 2nd. In order to celebrate and welcome the departed souls the families make altars and place offerings of food such as pan de muertos baked in shapes of colorful skulls and figures, candles, incense, yellow marigolds and most importantly a photo of the departed soul is placed on the altar. In Mexico the streets near the cemeteries are filled with decorations of papel picado, flowers, candy Calaveras and parades.
Day of the Dead Parade
Day of the Dead Altar
Even though I wanted to change things up this Halloween and do a Day of the Dead theme I didn’t want to spend a ton of money on new decorations so I modified what I had and did a few DIY projects.
I made the Frida Kahlo art by printing out a painting of her, cutting out her face and then attaching it to a piece of scrap book paper with spray glue. The other art I created on Pic Monkey and is available as a FREE printable.
One of the all time easiest DIY projects in the universe that without fail always turns out great is DIY Coasters. Check out the marbleized coasters that I made for last years Halloween bar cart in this post. This year I made a sugar skull version. I will post the easy tutorial in my next post.
One of my favorite touches is the “Rosemary’s Baby” craft beer from Two Roads Brewing Company! My husband is a craft beer aficionado and couldn’t wait to share with me his latest find. I also love how the little white pumpkin with the crow turned out. All I did was take an orange Dollar Store run of the mill pumpkin and spray painted it white and then took the black crow that I already had and glued it on top.
The pumpkin garland that is draped across the cart is a DIY project from last year. This year I added faux black silk roses, that were spray painted gold, to each little pumpkin’s head. The black roses came in a cluster of four for just a dollar at the Dollar Tree. I love how this simple addition of the roses made the garland much more “Day of the Dead appropriate”.
Do you see the little black pumpkin on the bottom shelf of the bar cart? That was also a cheap Dollar Store transformation. I spray painted it with black glossy paint and then added some gold rub n’ buff to the stem. I also found the above two feather masks at the Dollar Store ( next to the Frida print and hanging at the end of the garland to the right.) The masks are really good quality and look way more expensive then a dollar.
Even though it’s not part of the bar cart,I had to include another Halloween project that I did years ago and still love. Do you remember the good ole days of Pinterest when it was less about picture perfect images and more about DIY projects that pretty much anyone could tackle? That is where I found this idea..
The “Boo Sign” was pretty straight forward to make. I purchased three black frames from the Dollar Store and took the glass out of them. Then I cut scrapbook paper up and put a piece in each frame. The small wood letters are available at any craft store (Michaels, Hobby Lobby, etc). They were spray painted black and then glued on to each piece of framed scrap book paper. That’s it! Simple and so cute.
Another one of my favorite things to do at each holiday is to come up with unique and fun cocktails. Click here to see last year’s Halloween concoction. Look out for this year’s version in the next post!