Sunday, November 3, 2013

Fiesta de los Muertos

I'm waking up this morning after a fun night of celebrating Dia de los Muertos. We had many new friends over, and it was great to have some time to get to know one another.

I made chili, salad, guacamole, quesadillas, and pan de muertos. Friends brought beer, wine, and our new friend H even made a delicious pumpkin pie from scratch! 

The kids did some arts and crafts that I pulled out of my teacher stash in the basement (decorating skull masks and sugar skulls). The adults drank, ate, and talked, talked, talked... 

And all the while, the candles burned on the ofrenda, illuminating photos of the people and pets we loved.

Here are a few photos from our celebration - I can't wait to do it again next year!

My new talavera skull, from

I made some tissue paper flowers to brighten the place up a bit more...

Papel picado was hung throughout the house
 I didn't get a photo of all the skulls before the kids took them home, but here's the start of mine to give you an idea.

The finished ofrenda, all lit up

Food and drinks were put out for returning spirits.

My first traditional pan de muertos. The "bones" got a little overdone, but it was still tasty! Recipe here.

A big pot of chili is just what the body needs when drinking beer and shooting mezcal!

Oilcloth tablecloth from

H's delicious pumpkin pie, and pieces of pan de muertos

We are so glad to have new friends here in Oxford!

The only question is... who will eat the worm?? :)


  1. Made me tear up when I saw Bob's photo. What did you wear?


  2. Next year you need to add a triple espresso to the items. That will get Bob communicating for sure!