For Evan's birthday this year, I put together a little Mexican inspired surprise, complete with pinata!
I'm going to share the experience with you so that maybe you can re-create this idea for your own celebration! So, Evan turned 30 this year which is kind of a milestone, I think! So I wanted to give him something to remember that special day, other than our 6 hours of classes and commuting. So for several days prior to Nov. 15, I would work on constructing a homemade pinata while he was away surfing in the morning. Yes, the pinata was homemade and it was incredibly easy to make.
I started with a large blown up balloon. Next, I used cardboard to create legs, head and horns so that I had parts of goat. I put them all together using regular scotch tape (although masking tape is preferred) to get a very basic goat shaped body. Before making the paste, I cut up pieces of scientific journal articles instead of newspaper because it was all I had on hand. This method worked just fine for me! I then made a paste from all-purpose flour and water. Some methods suggest boiling this mixture, but I chose to leave as-is because I wanted something thick so that I could avoid several coats. I would soak the strips of paper in the mix and then carefully use my finger to scrap off excess mix before placing it on the balloon. I did this until the entire creature was covered. I placed in the sun to dry before applying a second and final coat. (I would suggest a third coat, because my goat was a little thin in some places). Once dried, I used two shades of blue tissue paper to layer the goat in the typical style. This is pretty easy to do, as it just involves folding the paper to your desired size and making vertical cuts like a grass skirt. Start at the bottom and work up, layering the skirt to create the effect shown in the picture. I used Elmer's glue.
Then came the puzzle card.
Now time to call the boy over, who I blindfolded in our living room while I set this gig up outside. He was surprised :) And I think it might have topped last year's scavenger hunt?
He was pretty quick with the broom handle, but I got a few minutes of laughs while he swung and missed. The night was growing darker once we finished, so after busting open my hours of work, I helped him piece his birthday card together so we could be off to our fancy dinner at the newest place in Rincon, La Copa Llena which means "full cup".
I think his day was special and I'm sure he enjoyed it. We both like a simple and quiet evening for our birthdays. No more wild and crazy parties. I'm not sure if that makes us "old" or not, but it's what we prefer.