Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Day of the Dead Tablescape

 Yesterday it was 95 degrees here in South Texas where I live, and not only is that a difference in the usual fall weather I love to celebrate,
but Dia de los Muertos is a difference celebrated here too.
Dia de los Muertos- or Day of the Dead as it is called- is a celebration which is believed to have originated in Mexico
over 2000 years ago and is still celebrated today
in most Latin American countries. (more below)

This tablescape celebrates the Mexican culture I so love, and it contains many of my favorite things.
I started with a mixture of vibrant color, my black and white awning striped tablecloth, and mercury glass.
I have included plates from my beloved talavera pottery collection, a few metal roses I have collected, and my hot pink place mats.

I added hot pink bougainvillea stems that are still blooming in my garden, my favorite turquoise napkins and goblets, and my Courtly Check chargers.
And lastly,I added one of my favorite vintage flatware patterns, found at the flea market years ago in a huge box.
Here is a bit more information about this wonderful religious and cultural celebration.

Day of the Dead

Dia de los Muertos—the Day of the Dead—is a holiday celebrated on November 1-2. Although observed throughout Latin America, Dia de los Muertos is most strongly associated with Mexico, where the tradition originated.
Dia de los Muertos honors the dead with festivals and lively celebrations, a typically Latin American custom that combines indigenous Aztec ritual with Catholicism, brought to the region by Spanish conquistadores. (Dia de los Muertos is celebrated on All Saints Day and All Souls Day, minor holidays in the Catholic calendar.)
Assured that the dead would be insulted by mourning or sadness, Dia de los Muertos celebrates the lives of the deceased with food, drink, parties, and activities the dead enjoyed in life. Dia de los Muertos recognizes death as a natural part of the human experience, a continuum with birth, childhood, and growing up to become a contributing member of the community. On Dia de los Muertos, the dead are also a part of the community, awakened from their eternal sleep to share celebrations with their loved ones.


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Creations By Cindy said...

Laura, I love your mercury pieces. That pumpkin would give DIRT an elegant look. LOL! Love the colors. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Shannon @ Belle Bleu Interiors said...

Laura, your table looks beautiful, and I love all the gorgeous color. I just showed my husband your bougainvillea bouquets. We pick up a couple of bougainvilleas in south Oklahoma every Spring, but ours do not produce enough blooms for a bouquet. Both my husband and I love them. Thanks for sharing your beautiful table and the history behind it. I hope that you have a wonderful day!!!

Marigene said...

I love your colorful table, Laura. The Talavera pottery is many beautiful, vibrant colors against the hot pink.
Hard to believe it is still so warm the middle of October.
Have a great week.

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

Hi Laura, such a pretty table. Love the chosen colors and theme. You have some great style. those mercury pieces are beautiful mixed in with the Talavera pottery. Truly a beautiful table to enjoy. Thank you for sharing at our Halloween Tablescape Link Party.

Carol @Comfort Spring Station said...

I love, love, love your table. I'm a big fan of hot pink and turquise. I think Florida and Texas are a like in some ways. The plates are exquisite. Beautiful!

Judy Biggerstaff said...

Such a perfect tablescape for Halloween, I like how you went away from the traditional colors and broke out the pink. Beautiful mercury pieces, great table.

CoziNest Antiques & Decor said...

I love your table! How creative to use all these colors without the typical black and orange. It is classy, traditional and fun! I love the bougainvilleas, too!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Magnificent! Love the pink and blue colour scheme and the sugar skull platter! But most of all -- the funereal urn & shield flatware! What a find that was! Day of the Dead is not a big holiday up here in Canada, but as we get more Mexican immigrants it will grow in popularity, I'm sure. We love to celebrate everybody's holidays!

Stacey said...

This is absolutely, deadly gorgeous!! You combined all the things you love and look at how amazing it is!

S H Elliott said...

What a gorgeous creative table...! Totally unexpected, and so eye catching. You know I love this hits the spot with me. Thank you for joining our tablescape party! Sheila

Liz@ HomeandGardeningWithLiz said...

I'm glad to see someone did a tablescape with the Day of the Dead theme. I had to look it up to know what it's about. This year I've seen lots decorations offered for it. I love all the colors you put together- this was fun!

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Day of the dead or dawn of the walking this is drop dead gorgeous!
Love, love your colors!

Julie said...

I love this! I'm not much for Halloween, and this is such a great alternative, while still feeling festive for this season. Fabulous color and pattern!

Sarah said...

Laura, your table is a wonderful tribute to this celebration. I see more and more decorations of late that are specific to Day of the Dead celebrations. I wonder if that is just local or if it is spreading across the country. I think your hot pink and turquoise looks fabulous with the CC chargers. Five star table!!!!

Lincuden Cottage Life said...

Laura! I love your Day of the Dead table! It's colourful and fun!!! ;)

Jeanie said...

Oh Laura, this is such fun! I love the colors and I think honoring Day of the Dead is really a meaningful thing to do.

candlelightsupper said...

Your table is absolutely beautiful. A perfect table for your chosen them. The colors are brilliant and amazing. Love what you have done!

Sandra Lee said...

Very pretty and love those colors and this theme. Well done! said...

How fun and different Laura! All your bright colors and checked chargers are the perfect for Day of the Dead celebration!


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