How to make a punch piñata

Piñatas are so much fun! In Mexico all the little ones get excited about breaking a piñata and of course getting goodies that come out flying to the ground! It’s all fun and joy until there’s a little one who didn’t get anything, right? I have this DIY so that you make a piñata with a more fair fun!

I was looking for ideas for my son’s birthday celebration at school. I got so excited to know piñatas were allowed in his school! I was browsing on Pinterest for ideas when I saw a post about how to make a punch piñata by Gray House Harbor, and it hit me! I’d seen them already, but I couldn’t remember much about them.

I decided to make my own in order to ease Robbie’s teacher’s mind as she wouldn’t have to deal with children crying or being sad because they didn’t get anything from the piñata. With this piñata, each kid would get the same amount and type of goodies. Here is the list of things you’ll need and the instructions for you to make your own!

This is what you’ll need:

– a long rectangular cardboard box (I used two LaCroix boxes)

– poster paper

– sharp cutter

– tissue paper

– paper cups

– duct tape & masking tape

– small goodies for the cups

I went to my local Dollar Tree and got most of the materials, and even the goodies! Their sharp cutter is actually really good! So if you don’t have one, you know where to go.

First, if you don’t have a long enough box, put together cardboard boxes and paste them using duct tape. Draw as many circles as you’ll have guests. I used a lid of a mason jar to draw 19 circles. Cut out the circles using a sharp cutter. Don’t forget to add some cardboard on the bottom to avoid scratching surfaces.

Wrap the cardboard box using wrapping paper or poster paper. Then, score the paper in each of the circles like a pizza. The paper will work as flaps when we insert the cups.

I used paper cups with small goodies in them. I covered each of them with tissue paper and I used some masking tape to keep the paper in place. I used 3 layers of tissue paper, as it tends to be a bit translucent.

Here you can see how I stuffed items in cups, and covered each cup with tissue paper. The masking tape worked great to keep the cover in place!

The goodies I included in each of the cups were a small activity book, an eraser, a Lego like person, and some Pop Rocks candy. I found most of these items at the Dollar Tree store. The little activity books were a Facebook marketplace find we got for free!

Back of the piñata

TIP: you can reinforce the cardboard boxes using duct tape.

The kids had a lot of fun! Each of them got the same amount of goodies, and it was overall such a fun time for them! A win!

Robbie getting ready to punch his piñata

I hope you like this idea!

Michelle | con limón, please

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Tres leches rice pudding

Rice pudding is my go to nostalgic dessert. I feel it’s also my go to pregnancy craving. Raisins are a must in my mom’s rice pudding, so I always try to put them in mine. Sometimes I don’t add different types of milk, and some other times I don’t add raisins. If I don’t have raisins, I like to add some lime zest, or even vanilla extract. My tres leches rice pudding is my favorite so far, so here is my recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 3c water
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1c white rice
  • 2c milk
  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • 1/2c condensed milk
  • 1/2c raisins (optional)
  • Ground cinnamon for serving (optional)

Boil some water to soak the rice for 10mim (separate from the water listed in ingredients). This will make your rice be tender. Grab a pot, and add the water and the cinnamon sticks. Bring to a boil. When the water with cinnamon is boiling, and the rice. Simmer in medium low for 15min with the lid slightly ajar.

Add the milk, evaporated milk, the condensed milk, and the raisins. Mix well, and cook for 15min at low heat. Be careful and stir occasionally, as when milk boils it spills out of the pot.

Serve warm or cold. Sprinkle some cinnamon on it, and enjoy!

NOTES:
* If you choose to use brown rice, cook the rice with water and cinnamon for 30min.
* Feel free to use the milk of your choice. The higher fat percentage, the creamier texture you’ll get.
* If you’re vegan and you’d like to try this recipe use cashew or oat milk. Sweeten it with sugar or a sweetener of your choice instead of using condensed milk.
*Feel free to play with the add-ins. When I don’t have raisins and I still want to make rice pudding, I add lime zest or vanilla extract. Some other dry fruit would be lovely as well.
*Store in the fridge in air-tight container for up to 7 days.
*Add milk after it’s been in the fridge as it tends to thicken when it gets cold.

¡Buen provecho!

Michelle | con limón, please

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Mexican Fiesta | Piñata inspired party favor bags

Robbie’s third birthday was this month, and we decided to try a Mexican Fiesta theme this year! I got some cool little sombreros, a huge cactus balloon, and a taco balloon; a cute Mexican garland, and colorful paper flowers. When it was time to create the baggies for guests, I thought about classic Mexican piñatas, and decided to give these bags a try!

You’ll need:
♡ Paper bags (I used 5.25×2.75×8.5″ bags)
♡ Crepe paper
(if you need to cut the paper, make sure it’s cut into 2″ strips)
♡ Glue stick
♡ Scissors

I bought paper bags and crepe paper of different colors from the Dollar Tree store.

The crepe paper I bought was already cut in 2″ streams. For cutting the fringe, I took a strand, folded it, and then cut 3/4 of the way up into a wide fringe.

I proceeded to paste the strands overlapping them, one by one on the bags. I did not really follow a color pattern. I just made sure to put two of each color before switching color of the strips to make them pop more.

I cut any leftover paper from the side after I was done, so that the bags looked more even on the edges. Children won’t care if the paper doesn’t look perfect on their little piñata bags. No one would!

The day of the Fiesta!

I loved working on these bags for my son’s birthday party. I got tons of compliments, too!

I hope you make them! Let me know what you think!

Michelle | con limón, please.

February 9 is National Pizza Day!

Hello, hello!
Had you heard about this before? Does anyone really need an excuse to enjoy some pizza? I do!
I loved the idea of celebrating anything. As a family, it gives us a reason to do something together, and enjoy some quality time. Robbie, my son, loves pizza! He’d always asks for salami, but he really doesn’t mind.
My husband, Robert, could have pizza for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack time! He loves baking it, too, which is something I really like. Homemade pizza takes effort, and you get to enjoy it with your loved ones.

Robbie smiles big when he’s about to have some pizza. #NationalPizzaDay

Le husband has been trying to perfect his Detroit style pizza, and Robbie and I really can’t complain about this process.

Celebrate National Pizza Day, or find any other excuses to celebrate with your loved ones. Go to National Today to find a holiday for today, or any day!
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