Monday, June 11, 2012

Queens Birthday Latin Style

In honour of the Queens birthday, I have decided to show you how to make a piñata that you pull instead of bash with a get your party on and celebrate Latin style!!!

Piñata time is probably my fave thing about childrens brings back so many memories of my childhood. That's me with my birthday Pinatas...and my pretty dresses!!

If you aren't familiar with what a piñata is, here are some facts:
  • Traditionally used in Latin American countries to celebrate a birthday or special occasions
  • They are made out of paper mache and wire/cardboard molded into a shape, and then covered in strips of shredded coloured crepe paper.  They are filled with lollies and treats, hung and each child gets a turn to hit the pinata with a stick until it breaks and lollies fall out. 
  • The piñatas originated from the Aztecs in Mexico, to celebrate the birdthday of the god Huitzilopochtli (the god of war, sun and human sacrifice) which is probably why the stick goes with the piñata. 
This tutorial is to demonstrate how to turn an already made piñata into an easier, less dangerous and more practical activity for the little ones.  My little chicas never wanted to 'bash' the pinata which was normally made into the shape of an animal or Dora as they didn't want to hurt I got creative and turned it into something that they could join in too.

You'll need:

1 Pinata (discount stores/party shops/sparties spotlight)
1 packet of helium balloon string/ribbons (Sparties Spotlight/party shops)
bags of treats

Choose a pinata that has a large flat base

Make sure you have enough strings for all the kids attending the party

Fill it with lollies, small treats, presies etc...make sure that they are individually wrapped

Make sure when you seal it, it's tight enough to hold the weight
of the lollies, when you hang it at the party you might need to loosen it...

Hang it, grab a string and PULL.

Happy birthday Queen're never too old to have a pinata at your party!