BASIC SET UP
This was the candy bar /dessert bar. Above it, I featured large sugar skull paper banners. I also have some of the little flowers hanging as a banner.
You can see the intricate details of the banners better here. My Cricut machine cut all these for me! It was time consuming, but requires little effort from me (the machine is the true workhorse!).
They are simple paper mache masks that you can find at a craft store.
The table featured this fun sugar skull table runner. I also placed the circle flowers all around.
I just love the vibrant colors that go along with Dia de los Muertos.
For a twist on the usual, I placed my guests salad in a small ball jar, and added a fun lacework style flower and a name tag that was embellished with rhinestones.
The salad just slides right out.
I served my guests NESTLÉ® STOUFFER’S® lasagna because it is one of the easiest meals I can make. When I go all out with decor and desserts, I don’t want to think about a main meal. I always have one in my freezer, because they can be made in a cinch when I have forgotten to think about what’s for dinner. A lot of guests enjoy it, so it’s a win win.
I purchased the family size for my party, but they have an even bigger one — a Party size! Be sure to stock for freezer with both!
There are several different varieties of lasagna, and each comes with the fun traditional curly edge noodles!
Our family fights over “Middle” or “Edge” pieces. What about yours?
We rounded out the salad and lasagna with garlic bread. You can see some of the memorial candles I picked up at HEB as well as the small cut flowers.
Now that you’ve seen the delicious dinner, let’s move onto the desserts……….
The buffet in the back held mainly desserts for my guests.
I saved time by buying plain remade cupcakes at HEB. On top I added sugar Sugar Skulls. I also found sugar skull cupcake wrappers that I added to the cupcakes. Easy Peasy!
Oh….I spy some desserts here!
These may look odd, but they are so delicious! Beneath that chocolate pudding is layers of more pudding, and NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Ultimates Chocolate Chip Lovers Cookies. Amazing! The skulls are simply made out of tempered NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® White Chocolate Morsels piped into a skull shape. The recipe for the Sugar Skull Chocolate Trifle will be below!
Here you can see the fun banner draped off the table.
On the other side you can see the White Chocolate Pumpkin Ginger Snap Dip I made (recipe will also be below)
In addition to a try of cheese and crackers, I offered a fruit tray and a bowl full of NESTLÉ® Nerds.
WHEW, that was a lot, huh!
I know most of you are wondering what in the world my boys were doing while I was having dinner with my girlfriends. Well, they were having a party of their own!
The good news? If you love HEB as much as I do, you don’t want to miss out on this!
Now that you’ve seen the party layout, the desserts, & my table settings, let’s move on to recipes!
Sugar Skull Chocolate Lovers Trifle
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 3 Tablespoons NESTLÉ® Cocoa
- pinch of salt
- 2 1/4 cup milk
- 2 cups NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Milk Chocolate Morsels
White Chocolate Pumpkin Ginger Snap Dip
- 1 stick butter (1/2 cup)
- 2 packages Cream Cheese
- 1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 can (15 oz) LIBBY’S®100% Pure Pumpkin
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ginger
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- 2 cups crushed ginger snaps
- 1 cup NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® White Chocolate Morsels
- Ginger Snaps, sugar cookies, or graham crackers for dipping
3. Warning—a fun dessert- it won’t last long!
Dia de los Muertos “Day of the Dead” SVG Cutting Files
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