WORDS:: Chyka Keebaugh
PHOTOS:: Natalie Jeffcott
I am going to tell you a secret, sometimes I cheat! And I've found a great way to make a quick and easy piñata!
I can’t do it all, I can’t cook every meal, I can’t create bouquets out of weeds, and I can’t decorate every room. I still need my downtime, and sometimes the need to sleep takes over, and I need to stop. I'd love to be able to have everything, do everything and be everything but that's not reality. My life isn't Instagram perfect; I clean my home, and I cook my dinner so why pretend that my life is anything else? So that is why I cheat!
For a Mexican party, you need to have a piñata. It's the rules, plain and simple. Have you ever tried to make your own piñata? It's really tricky, and it's time-consuming, and I used about three rolls of masking tape! And then I saw some gorgeous ones inshore and thought ‘why not just decorate it how I like it?’ So I decided to cheat! I call it half and half DIY - the basics are done, and I am adding the finishing touches. I often take the same approach to a simple sponge cake, a plainly wrapped gift or a bland pasta - add your own touches and make it your own masterpiece. Who is going to stop me?
Let's get crafty::
- Purchase a scantily clad piñata, ripe for dressing up! Most $2 shops and party shops have them. Even some supermarkets. Gather an assortment of craft goods to decorate with, whatever suits your fancy. I stuck with bright crepe papers and can never go past a packet of pom poms!
- Get your glue ready and go of it! Stick on as many or as little pom poms as you can fit, really jazz that piñata up!
- Now trim your crepe paper into thinner strips and cut some fringing. This fringing replicates the styling of the piñata so wrap and glue - the more the better.
Decorating needn’t means hours of labouring. Cut corners, skip some steps and take shortcuts, I do!