A day (of the dead) to remember

4 Nov

Dia de los Muertos make up and costumes

Our Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration on Tuesday was a way to christen the new office, tilt back a few local bevies and immerse ourselves in a Mexican tradition of honouring the dead that looked wicked cool from the outside.

altar for Dia de los Muertos

Face painting for Dia de los Muertos

Jodie Carlisle of Copeland at Dia de los Muertos

Facepaint for Dia de los Muertos

You can see all our photos from the event on our Facebook page.

We wanted to do it right and respectfully, so we brought in some help:

MAKE UP : Kristin Grant from Urbanheart and Christina Cheply from Danger by Design. The pictures tell the story here.

MEXICAN CUISINE/SUGAR SKULLS : The amazing Adriana’s The Whole Enchilada

HAIR : Christine Greive of Brun Body & Hair Bar took the girls to a new level.

FLORAL ARRANGEMENT AND ALTAR : Former Copeland employee and long-time supporter and friend Michael Marshall of Grower Direct.

BEER : Moon Under Water brew pub. Such tasty beer and they gave it to us without labels so we could slap on our own.

Beer and wine labels for Dia de los Muertos

Thank you to our friends who came to drink, eat, gab and help us test-drive the new digs for party-worthiness.

I want to also acknowledge my daughter Lola who was an intrepid little hostess and just about fainted when she got to meet our Managing Director for a Day winner Grace Campbell!

Muchos gracias a todos y feliz Dia de los Muertos! 

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11 Responses to “A day (of the dead) to remember”

  1. Amy November 4, 2011 at 6:15 am #

    I got to hand it do you, Doug. You guys sure know how to throw a party. This looks absolutely amazing!

  2. Doug Brown November 4, 2011 at 6:18 am #

    Great booze + great food + dead guys = awesome party. Genuinely sorry you couldn’t have made the 4,000 kilometre (that’s a measurement of distance Amy) trek to be here with us!

  3. Amy November 4, 2011 at 8:31 am #

    Thanks for the clarification. It saved me from having to look up “kilometre” in Canadian Google.
    *cough*smartass*cough*

  4. Doug Brown November 4, 2011 at 8:36 am #

    I just remember how you freaked out with the word “cheque” and didn’t want to start another international incident.

  5. Lindsey Maloney Baloney November 4, 2011 at 9:20 am #

    I had a rip-roaring good time. Thank you guys! The makeup was outstanding and the beer labels were terrific. Great theme.

    And Doug, excellent dance moves.

  6. Doug Brown November 4, 2011 at 9:23 am #

    You deleted the video though, right?

  7. Lindsey Maloney Baloney November 4, 2011 at 11:09 am #

    That is unfortunately out of my control and in the hands of sweet, sweet, loving and loyal Andrea.

    Andrea???

  8. Christine Gleed November 4, 2011 at 11:29 am #

    It was a spectacular shindig! Thanks again Doug.

  9. Doug Brown November 4, 2011 at 11:40 am #

    > In that case, I don’t have any recollection of “the dance” Lindsey and I will deny that it was me performing it should any compromising video come to light.

    > Great to see you Christine. We have high hopes for Mouthpiece!

  10. Elly November 4, 2011 at 1:51 pm #

    it was fantastic! Loved the make up – couldn’t recognize anyone there! The decorations were amazing! You guys sure know how to do it right!

  11. Doug Brown November 4, 2011 at 2:00 pm #

    What a compliment to receive Elaine. Thank you. We were probably more circumspect with the details given that we were playing around in someone else’s cultural backyard. Great to have you and Dale come down from The Mountain.

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