Here’s a fun fact! As the founder of Gallery On The Go, I had no background in art or painting!
But over the years, I have learned so much and my business brain now takes second place to my desire to paint, craft and get artsy. Early on I painted our very first Sugar Skull for our gallery. Here is “Sugar Sugar” the first Sugar Skull in the GOTG gallery.
With the launch of our new Art Bar, I wanted to offer a fun project featuring a Sugar Skull. This time though, I was curious – why exactly are Sugar Skulls such an integral part of ‘the day of the dead?’
Sugar Skull 101:
In Mexican Catholic culture, November 1st & 2nd are days of celebration to remember passed loved ones. A tradition filled with food, celebration, and art. In the 17th century, sugar was in abundant production in Mexico and was used to make sculptures for the church. So for the Day of the Dead celebration people would make skulls out of sugar and decorate them with glitter and icing and place them on the gravestones of their loved ones as they celebrated the day’s festivities.
Ready to have your own Day of the Dead Celebration? Here are three quick tips!
1.Fantastic Art! Host a Gallery On The Go Paint Party or Art Bar! It’s easy and will make this the best Day of the Dead party your guests have attended! We don’t have sugar molds but we do have canvas and wood – here are 3 beautiful art pieces to paint & create! Paint parties are $26 per person and Art Bar events are $35 per person. Contact us at www.GalleryOnTheGo.com
2. Face Painting & Flowers – Invite your guests to adorn themselves with a simple flower or pretty face paint!
3. Food! Now is the time to try some delicious Mexican Fare – maybe some delicious pastries, sopapillas or my top secret easy Pozole Verde(recipe below)
4. Festive Lights & Candles – In honor of loved ones, celebrate with candles. Have each guest light a candle in memory of their loved ones.
Maria’s EASY crockpot Posole Verde Recipe! Traditional posole is made with red chile which is one of my favorites, but one day I explored this version and it’s a family and friend favorite! (you must be very special if I’m sharing this with you!)
2-3 Chicken Breast
12oz Jar of 505 Roasted Green Chile (the secret ingredient)
46oz Chicken Broth
50 oz of Hominy
2 Cans of Corn (or 3 stalks fresh corn if available)
1/2 Chopped Onion
A dash of Cumin (maybe ½ teaspoon)
Salt & Pepper to taste
Optional Fresh Topping ideas:
Shredded Cheese / Sour Cream / Chopped Onions / Crumbled Chips / Cabbage / Radish / Avocado / Jalapenos
Combine all ingredients (not the toppings) in the crockpot (I leave out the fresh corn until the last 20 min of cooking). Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6-8 hours.
Shred the chicken in the pot and serve with the toppings as desired.
Learn more about the Day of the Dead here: https://www.mexicansugarskull.com/support/dodhistory.html