Sunday, November 4, 2012

Fiesta de los Muertos y Buenos Nachos.


We had a few craft nights with friends and cranked out a million tissue paper flowers.
I still have a couple of Dia de los Muertos posts left in me!  Here's a recap of the celebration Kim and I threw last night, I woke up with a bit of a sugar hangover today (OK, sugar y tequila), but it was well worth it.

Kitchen!  I cut out papel picado banners and Kim found the most amazing tissue paper skeleton krewe. 
 We had so much fun decorating for this shindig.

Margarita shots on the left (lime syrup and tequila) and Horchata bone 'n' skull shots on the right (rice milk horchata, cinnamon and rum). 
Kim is a thorough little researcher, so she threw herself into getting the agar shots just right.  They were tasty, and also really cute--her presentation made them pretty irresistible.  My favorites were the Cuba Libre (Coke and rum), which you can see in the second picture below, but they were all great and surprisingly varied in taste and texture. Bless you Dollar Store for $1 silicon skull ice cube trays!

So many snacks!  Chick-o-sticks, popcorn balls, Pan de Muertos, citrus cookies, skull cookies and caramel tarts.  Plus peanuts and roasted chix.
We had a three crock pot nacho and tamale bar going on in the kitchen and a snack table with drinks in the dining room.  The nacho line consisted of tortilla chips, chipotle Soy Curls, pintos, nacho sauce, olives, green onions and salsa. and we also had some bean and cheese tamales hanging out steaming, too.

Clockwise from top left:  we pose with agar, Kim tidies our ofrenda, finished sugar skull pillows and me either gulping for air or caught in deep expression.
Not the best pictures of me, but I want to show off the dress I made for the party.  Colette Patterns' Rooibos (I think this is probably the 12th one I've made since last year). It's a fun pattern to sew with a vintage inspired collar and super comfy and convenient pockets.  One can never have too many dresses with pockets, or at least I can't.

We asked our friends to bring photos of lost loved ones to pin onto our shrine.  It was amazing to see the whole thing covered with photos and mementos and covered in flowers, candles, sugar skulls and other offerings. You can read about the skeleton bride princess cake I made here (she's over on the ride side of the photo).
Here's a closeup of the shrine (ofrenda) we made for our Los Muertos.  It was a really powerful experience to build this solemn spot with Kim and our friends who celebrated with us.  It was a bit sad too, but mostly it was just awesome to share stories and the experience of loving folks who've past on with people I care about.  We even made a spot for our loved and lost pets. 

xo
kittee

22 comments:

  1. What an amazing celebration, Kittee! Thank you for sharing pictures of the event. Like you, I'm always drawn to dresses with pockets. It's a big selling point! You did a great job sewing it. It's super cute. It sounds like there was much deliciousness to be had. The shrine is really moving. Even though I don't know any of the people honored on it, it still made me misty-eyed. I think it's special that you got together to celebrate and honor them.

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  2. That's such a brilliant idea to create a temporary shrine for the people and pets who are gone. Seriously touching. And the rest of the celebration looks perfect what with the Mexican food and "jell-o" shots (something I've never had, vegan or not).

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    1. These were my first jell-o shots, too! They were really fun. Except for the part where I was posing with a tray of them, and half the tray slipped onto the floor and exploded!

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  3. What a fun party! Your paper cutouts are killer good--I bet you could make a fortune off them on Etsy :) And the shrine really is moving, just beautiful.

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  4. That's it. I'm moving to Portland.

    I love-love-love your colorful world and all the special ways you celebrated this day. Send agar shots, please? Can you make a cosmo one, by special request? The dress is gorg, too. I need to pull out my sewing machine now that my schedule is cleared up.

    And I also love the ofrenda. Makes me think that those loved ones who crossed the rainbow bridge would definitely want us to remember them in a happy state of mind, during a celebration. I know I would! Hope your hangover is better. Hydrate--and not with Cuba Libres, girl. xx

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    1. Thanks for your kind words, Dynise! If you come next year, I guarantee Kim will make you some Cosmo Agars!

      Unfortunately, I have lost more than my share of friends over the years, and that's why I love this holiday--it's a chance to remember in a happy and colorful way.

      xo
      kittee

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  5. Oh Kittee this looks so amazing! if only to have been a fly on a sugar skull, or well maybe a regular party-goer. Everything looks so good. Your dress is so pretty as well as everything else, visually I am in awe.

    I would love any info on agar as I am trying to get into that for making vegan jello. If your friend has any info to pass along I'd sure appreciate it. Impressive work on the skulls.

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    1. Thanks, Bitt! For regular jello, do a search for "kanten" and you should find lots of recipes.

      xo
      kittee

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  6. Such a beautiful tribute and shrine. We had a shrine for my late sister-in-law. I dig that you all shared stories of those who have passed way to soon.
    You girls done it up!! Major applause and you made a dress and pillows too?! Okay that just even exceeded my expectations of KitteeB. I can't even sew a button on.

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    1. Who sews buttons for you? Have you trained a cat?

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    2. My cat could probably do it, but Psychoboy does it for me.

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  7. Everything here has your touch — from the decorations to the food to the shrine — it's all beautiful, colorful and special.

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    1. Come down next year, Andrea!!!! We'd love to have you.
      xo
      kittee

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  8. You guys are spectacular. I love every aspect of this.

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  9. Wow, everything looks amazing! The shots are fantastic, the food sounds incredible, and I'd be perfectly happy to have your decorations up year-round. I think I need to make some sugar skull pillows (tutorial??). The shrine is beautiful.

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    1. Thanks so much Renae! The pillows are so easy to do, I will try to send you instructions via email.

      xo
      kittee

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  10. What a wonderful celebration! Agar shots...this idea just made my next party 10 times more fun. Also, can you CC me the email with sugar skull pillow instructions? I just love them!

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    1. If other folks are interested, I can try to make a tutorial, but if I don't, I'll include you in the email for sure!

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  11. Your celebration sounds wonderful! I love all of the colors and creativity! I especially like the shrine. That seems special! :-)

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