Dia de Los Muertos
For this meal we explored the richness of Dia de los Muertos over a stunning tablescape inspired by the golden marigolds used in traditional celebrations. Going beyond the table, the meal explored the origins of this Mexican holiday and invited guests to add mementos of their own to an ofrenda (altar) honoring the lives of the deceased.
Since Dia de Muertos is a holiday with deep cultural significance, we wanted to approach it in an authentic way. We invited local floral design studio, Casa Mona, to incorporate traditional elements of Dia de Muertos celebrations into a local setting at the home and community space hosted by Artist Stuart Metrick, Pacific Flea. Designers, Antonio and Carlos, incorporated bright florals and hand-painted skull vases on a color-popping tablecloth laden with candles.
Upon arrival, guests were greeted with a Oaxacan Old Fashioned and invited to make a floral headpiece with guidance from Stefanie Gomes, who also designed the menu and partner card for the meal.
Over a multi-course, traditional Mexican meal by Mi Pequeño Mexico, we invited guests to share stories of a loved one they were honoring on the ofrenda. Each course was complimented with beer from local (and aptly named) brewery Departed Soles. Dessert was a tres leches cake from Cocoa Bakery.
Guests took their leave with a postcard pack including six unique illustrations by local artists inspired by Dia de los Muertos.
*All photos © Sofia Tome + Sheena Ocot
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