When it comes to party décor, embrace color, Shea advises. “Pick a color palette and use it shamelessly.” Dress up your table with traditional Mexican serape blankets, decorative oilcloth or brightly colored tablecloths covered in black lace, such as those available at Choice Linens (SoDo, 4700 Ohio Ave. S, Suite E; 206.728.7731; choicelinens.com) punctuated with black cake stands (from Rosanna, rosannainc.com) and gold and turquoise votive holders for drama. Similar votives can be found at Capers (West Seattle, 4525 California Ave, SW; 206.932.0371; caperscapers.blogspot.com). Rented Mexican folk art (20 to 30 percent of retail price), papel picado (cut paper flags, from $10.95) and paper flowers ($4.95)—all available at Milagros Mexican Folk Art (Pike Place Market, 1530 Post Alley; 206.464.0490; milagrosseattle.com)—add instant ambiance.
Entertaining: A Day of the Dead-Themed Fiesta
Trophy Cupcakes' Jennifer Shea throws an oh so festive fete
| October 2013
Spice up your Halloween party with a Mexican Day of the Dead-themed fiesta, straight from the imagination of Trophy Cupcakes’Jennifer Shea, whose just-published book, Trophy Cupcakes and Parties! Deliciously Fun Party Ideas and Recipes from Seattle’s Prize-Winning Cupcake Bakery (Sasquatch, $24.95), serves up an easy five-step plan for inspired and festive celebrations.