Jane Austen Birthday Party: Teapot Piñata

Party time!

So I have been planning my Jane Austen 29th birthday party for a few years, and I did not let the Coronavirus get in the way. We had the party and it was a lot of fun. Even though the party has passed, I am still going to share all the things we did and how I put it together.

So I love piñatas! I mean who doesn’t like hitting paper mache with a bat and getting a reward?

Besides me loving piñatas, I had four little girls planning on coming and wanted to make sure I had some things for them as well. When I was doing my party planning I spotted a homemade teapot piñata on Almost Unschoolers. I thought to myself, I could totally do that-I have made piñatas before, I mean it was a donkey not a teapot, but I’m sure it wouldn’t be too difficult.

And I thought with today being Cinco de Mayo, I thought what better day than today to blend my culture with Jane Austen. So here we go:

Supplies:

  • 1 Cup of Flour
  • 2 Cups of Water
  • 1/2 tbsp of Salt
  • Newspaper
  • Plastic Bag
  • Balloon
  • Gesso or paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Glue
  • Crepe Paper
  • Cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Cup or Bowl for Balloon to rest in
  • Candy or Teabags
  • Fake Flower (optional)
  • Hot Glue Gun

Directions:

  1. Lie a plastic bag on the table.
  2. Blow a balloon up and set on a cup or bowl in order to apply the paper mache.
  3. In a large bowl combine flour, water, and salt-whisking to remove any lumps.
  4. Cut newspaper into strips, about 2 inches wide and 4 inches long.
  5. Dip paper into flour mixture and cover balloon. I recommend doing two layers, letting it dry, and repeating another two layers.
  6. After all is dry, carefully pop the balloon and throw it away.
  7. Paint paper mache with white paint or gesso.
  8. After the paint or gesso has dried, begin covering the piñata in crepe paper strips (I found it easiest to paint the glue on and work bottom to top). Be sure to cut each strip so it has a fringe look.
  9. Fill piñata with candy or teabags (or both).
  10. Using cardstock, create handle, lid, and spout. When making the spout, take the cardstock and create a funnel, cutting the paper down until it is the right size.
  11. Hot glue the pieces on and the fake flower to the lid.

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Here we are after I gessoed it:

Then when I added the crepe paper and cardstock:

Candy and tea bags inside:

And of course the finished product:

At the party!

Now piñatas aren’t hard or expensive to make they just take time. I only spent $7 on this as I already had the water, flour, newspaper, and fake flower. The cardstock was $1, the assorted candy $4, and the Stash teabags $2.

I’ve been having so much fun sharing all these things with you, I can’t wait to continue with all the other party plans!

For more of my Jane Austen Birthday plans, go to Jane Austen Birthday: Prize Three

For more Jane Austen parties, go to Jane Austen Birthday: Prize Two

For more tea postsgo to Brisket and Slaw Roulades

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Horrorfest Hangover


Horrorfest has ended. 😦 I am actually very sad that it is over. I thought I’d be a bit relieved to have the pressure of posting everyday be over, but I actually kind of miss it. I toyed with the idea of doing a Thank-o-Rama: the 4 Thursdays of Thanksgiving and posting a fav TV episode or movie that revolves/has Thanksgiving in it (I had to include TV Shows as I can only think of three movies with Thanksgiving; Holiday Inn, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, and Miracle on 34th Street. Holiday Inn and Miracle on 34th Street don’t even really count since they are Christmas movies.) Then I thought of doing War Writings: 11 Days to Honor Armed Forces for Veteran’s Day, but I thought it would be far too soon to commit myself to another everyday project. I need to take a momentary breather.

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I am considering doing something like The 12 Posts of Christmas and something like Lovetales: 14 Fun-filled Romances for Valentines Day. Also Viva Mexico: Cinco dias de los Chicanos for Cinco de Mayo. I’m still working on the actual titles for these. I thought about doing Pot o’ Gold: Seven Irish Tales for St. Patrick’s Day because I don’t think I can think of 17. The only films I could think of that I have seen that revolve around Irish people/Irish flavor are Rudy (Notre Dame, the Fighting Irish), Luck of the Irish, Gangs of New York, Far and Away, A Leprechaun’s Christmas (doesn’t really count as it is a Christmas movie), The Fighter, and Under the Waterfall. That’s exactly seven.

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Doing this whole project was completely different than I expected. I planned to do posts for all the Universal Monster Movies ; like The Mummy, The Wolf Man, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Dracula, Frankenstein, The Bride of Frankenstein and Phantom of the Opera; along with all their remakes, to you know compare and contrast, but I just ran out of posts to finish them all. I also really wanted to do posts on Alfred Hitchcock’s movies, like The Birds, Psycho, Rebecca, and Strangers on a Train; but also wasn’t able to get to them. I really, really, really wanted to do Vincent Price films; like House on Haunted Hill, The Tomb of Ligeia, The Pit and the Pendulem, etc.

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I noticed that a lot of posts I chose to do really depended on how much time I was able to devote a day to a post; along with what I was in the mood for to write about. Sometimes I started a post, but never finished it as I wasn’t in the right mood.

I also wrote posts on films I just happened to watch at the time like Perfect Stranger, Aliens in the Attic, Hallowe’en Party, The Black Cauldronand The Cabinet of Dr. Caligarithose were not films I had seen before or planned to write a post on. They just kind of happened along the way. Well I hope you enjoyed them as much as I did making them.

I’d like to know which were your faves are so vote, vote, vote! If you are unsure which to pick then why don’t you pop over and start at the beginning. Also I’d like to know what you wish I had posted on. Just leave a comment at the bottom of the page! 😀

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To start Horrorfest from the beginning, go to I Don’t Belong in the World

For more on Horrorfest, go to Horrorfest II: The Oddities of October

Or check out my leatest Horrorfest postings, Horrorfest III: The Revenge