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:
1 Cup of Flour
2 Cups of Water
1/2 tbsp of Salt
Gesso or paint
Cup or Bowl for Balloon to rest in
Candy or Teabags
Fake Flower (optional)
Hot Glue Gun
Lie a plastic bag on the table.
Blow a balloon up and set on a cup or bowl in order to apply the paper mache.
In a large bowl combine flour, water, and salt-whisking to remove any lumps.
Cut newspaper into strips, about 2 inches wide and 4 inches long.
Dip paper into flour mixture and cover balloon. I recommend doing two layers, letting it dry, and repeating another two layers.
After all is dry, carefully pop the balloon and throw it away.
Paint paper mache with white paint or gesso.
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.
Fill piñata with candy or teabags (or both).
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.
Hot glue the pieces on and the fake flower to the lid.
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!
So this episode of Psych is a parody of Friday the 13th, hence the Tuesday the 17th. I thought that since we don’t have a Friday the 13th or a Tuesday the 17th, so I thought it would be awesome to have this on Friday the 17th, so its a combination of both.
So for those of you who aren’t Psych fans, the series is about a guy, Shawn Spencer, who pretends to be a psychic and works with the Santa Barbara Police Department. His BFF, Burton “Gus” Guster, helps him out. He works with Head detective Carlton Lassiter and junior detective Juliet O’Hara.
So the episode starts off with Shawn and Gus in their preteens at summer camp. They are being picked up by Shawn’s dad, and Shawn is pissed. He is mad at for Gus choosing Jason as a partner over him for the piñata contest. (They picked the name Jason in reference to the boy and later killer, Jason Voorhees.) As we transition to the present we get a the theme song from Friday the 13th series and a creepy view of Shawn’s piñata, Rick Astley, stuck under the water.
20 years later a girl, Annie (named after the stupid Annie that is killed in the original Friday the 13th) is sitting down watching one of the Friday the 13th films.
Ren Stevens: What? Honey, you’re chased by six mutants, and you just decided to take a shower?
She decides to go off, when the phone rings like When a Stranger Calls.
But its just her friends and she tells them she is feeling sick and going to stay home. All of a sudden she is attacked from behind!!!
Back at the Psych building, Shawn and Gus find Shawn’s old summer camp piñata hanging outside their building. Jason did it as a joke as he came to ask the two to help them. Jason is reopening the summer camp this upcoming Friday, but one of his counselors, Annie, is missing. Shawn doesn’t want to return, but Gus convinces him to go back there.
There the two meet Billy (named after Billy in Scream), the jock and fitness counselor; Clive, the nerd and the water instructor; and Sissy, the damsel in distress in charge of arts and crafts. They start investigating, when Jason starts acting weird. He keeps speaking strange and walking around with a dummy.
They start breaking up into twos and singles, which angers Shawn as everyone is breaking the horror film rules. Never split up!
While they go off into the woods, Billy gets taken by the killer.
They all meet up again, at 6:00 minus Billy. Sissy shows Gus and Shawn the laundry room; in which they discover Annie’s pjs, covered in blood.
Shawn gets freaked out and calls Juliet O’Hara from the SBPD to come down and check things out. She gets everyone to stay inside the cabin. When Jason leaves, Shawn chases after him. As he is running and looking for him, he notices the laundry room going again. He goes inside and finds Annie’s strangled body. After that, a man in a potato bag (like that in Butterfinger the 13th) chases after him. Shawn screams and runs away.
Only to be caught by the killer!
But all is not what it seems. Shawn figures out that Jason is behind it all and that it is merely a camp created to scare people. The counselors are actors. People pay to come and get scared out of their minds. It’s like living a horror movie, except you know you will survive in the end.
So everyone goes back to the cabin and celebrates the “rehearsal” of the event.
Everything is great until Shawn spots a dead body in the pond.
They all pull him out and discover that it is the creepy janitor. There is a huge storm that starts up, causing no to be able to leave. Or come to them.
All have to wait until it blows over. They decide to play strip cribbage, as stupid as the strip monopoly they play in Friday the 13th.
Well I don’t make out alive. Must have been too much strip monopoly.
Billy ends up being the one who looses all his clothes. And you know what that means…..Yep let the bodies hit the floor.
After the janitor, Annie is killed and then Billy when he goes to check the breaker after the lights go out.
Shawn figures out that it is Clive and goes after Billy, finding his dead body. Juliet chases Annie down and discovers that she is dead too. They go looking for Clive and find him fighting with Gus. One gets knocked into the pool and Shawn jumps into the pool thinking it was Gus. It’s not, it’s Clive!!!
Clive tries to attack Shawn, letting him know that the reason he is doing so is because his father died at this camp and he wanted to get revenge.
Very similar to the orginal Friday the 13th film
Luckily Juliet manages to shoot him before he can harm Shawn.
The episode ends with Shawn, Gus, and Juliet looking off into the distance. Thinking about the horror they’ve witnessed.
You know how the original Friday the 13th ended, with Jason coming out of the water? Well, they parodied that too, except with Rock Astley.