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How to Make a Halloween Piñata
- Large punching balloon
- Large bowl
- Medium bowl
- Orange tissue paper
- Black tissue paper
- Disposal small paint brush
- Tear newspaper into 1-1 ½ “strips
- Blow up the punching balloon and set on the large bowl using it as a stand/holder
- Pour 2C. flour in the medium bowl, stir in 3C. water. Mix until smooth. (You can make more or less just make sure the ratio is 2 parts flour to 3 parts of water.)
- Take a strip of newspaper and dip it in the paper mache (flour mixture) covering both sides of the paper, slide the strip of paper through two fingers to remove the excess paper mache so it isn’t dripping.
- Place the strip of paper on the punching balloon.
- Repeat dipping the strips and placing them on the balloon taking care to place them evenly all over the balloon. (Be careful the balloon may get top heavy so you’ll need to move it around.)
- Leave a 3-4” round opening at the top of the balloon; to put the candy in and make a hanger for the balloon.
- Once you get a good couple of layers on the balloon (usually no more that two layers) let it dry overnight.
- Repeat the process until the balloon has been covered completely with paper mache and has several layers; this may take several days to accomplish as you will need to let it dry after every coating of paper mache.
- After the balloon has COMPLETELY dried, you can pop the balloon-MAKE SURE THE BALLOON IS COMPLETELY DRY OR IT WILL COLLAPSE!!
- Draw the jack-o-lantern face.
- Cut orange tissue paper into 1 ½ -2” inch squares. (for the pumpkin part) Repeat with black tissue paper. (for the eyes, nose and mouth of the jack-o-lantern)
- Pour some glue on the paper mache and spread it with the paintbrush; start with one eye at a time then the nose, then the mouth.
- Starting with the black tissue paper, take a square piece and wrap it around your finger, lightly dip it in the glue and put it on the glued area. Repeat, placing each piece close to the other.
- Repeat over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over again completing the black areas then the large orange area. This may take some time!!
- Time to create a hanger! Find a 4-6” sturdy piece of wood or a sick. Tie a rope around the center of the stick and put in the open area in the top of your piñata and level it out so it is lengthwise inside. You should be able to hold the rope and lift the piñata easily.
- Now you can fill it with candy!!
- Hoist the rope over a large branch holding the piñata like a tether.
- Blind fold the kids, one at a time, spin him/her around three times, had them a baseball bat and let them swing!!
Lord of the Rings Birthday Theme Party
I don’t really know much about LOTR, but when my sweet, loving, bashful grandson asked for a LOTR birthday theme party I had to pony up!
SOOO, I did what most people do when they are clueless about any particular subject, yep, I googled it! I just needed to see what it looked like, so I typed in Lord of the Rings on Google Images. Perfect! I didn’t have to watch the movies OR read the books after all!
All I needed was a good cake idea and some costume type clothes for our theme photo.
The hippie store on 4th ave. downtown Tucson covered the costume clothes! Next was the cake…I had no idea what to do, so I sifted through Google images and I came across a LOTR cake book and I was down for the challenge.
On Google, once again, on how to make a book cake…I found a great tutorial (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmdlENnsEOs )
Ok, so fondant…ummmm, yeah, I worked with it once before, I think I actually made it myself a couple of years ago and I remember thinking, “never again…”. so this time, I thought I’d buy it FO SHO!!
Off to Walmart I went and in the wedding isle I found a box of rolled dark brown fondant and another box of natural colored assorted fondant (light brown, light pink, dark brown & black). I also picked up a cheap chain.
I made the cake (and yes, I bought the box kind-chocolate fudge, to be exact, it was quick and easy) and put it in the fridge to cool.
AAAANNNDDDD, back on Google images again to get the LOTR logo; printed it in black and white (just to save my colored ink…it’s just too expensive to waste…). I used paper, but I’d definitely print it on cardstock next time…note to self…then I printed out a wallet side J.R.R. Tolkien symbol as well.
I cut out all the letters, set them on the rolled out light brown fondant and used a wooden skewer that I had on hand to trace around the letters. Then I used a razor blade to carve them out. I rolled out the black fondant and did the same thing with the J.R.R. Tolkien symbol. This, by far, took the longest amount of time!
I took the cake out of the fridge and floured one side to make it easy to move later and frosted the top and sides. I rolled out the dark brown fondant for the book “cover” and basically followed the instructions on the tutorial I watched earlier, making a few modifications of my own along the way. I rolled out the light pink fondant and used it as the “pages”. I placed the LOTR logo title on the front and once I had the letters where I wanted them, I used a small paintbrush and water to “glue” them on….apparently that’s how fondant works…. Then I added all the little touches and my book was done!
I put a piece of 8 ½ x 11 paper on a brown paper bag and cut around it so the brown paper was the same size. I stuck it in the printer and printed out the maps. Ummm… yeah, it got stuck in the printer the first time so I had to really smooth it out and it worked great!
I decorated the surrounding area with the maps, the ring and chain and some green leaves.
Boom! Done! Fun!
Tips for planning and preparing a Golden Birthday Party, that even Veruca Salt would approve…..
The FUUNNNEEESSTTTT birthday cake EV-ERRRR!!!
Halloween Cup ‘O Dirt Graveyard
- 1 pkg. family size Oreos
- 1 3.9oz box of chocolate pudding
- 2C. cold milk
- 8oz. cool whip
- 1 pkg. Milano cookies
- Pumpkin candy corn
- Writable frosting
- Crush ½ of the Oreo’s in a sealable bag (using a rolling pin makes it pretty easy)
- Mix pudding and milk; stir until smooth. Let sit for 5 minutes
- Add the crushed Oreo’s & the cool whip. Mix thoroughly.
- Crush the rest of the cookies.
- Spoon pudding mixture into cups up to about 1/2’” from the top
- Add crushed Oreo’s on top
- Using the writable frosting decorate the Milano cookie like a gravestone.
- Push it into the “dirt” and place a pumpkin next to it
Oooo-eeee, goooey, yummy s’mores cake!