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Piñata Parties for Adults!

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Piñatas are a great way to liven up any party! It lets your guests feel like a kid again, there are surprise gifts, plus everyone get to take out some life’s daily frustrations by hitting something with a big stick!

Piñatas are available in tons of different shapes and colours, so it’s easy to find one that goes with the theme or your party. Amazon has everything from a rainbow (perfect for Pride!) to a treasure chest.

mexican star pinata
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Or you can make your own out of either a balloon, or some cardboard using paper mache. Mix 2 cups of flour with 2 cups of water and a tablespoon of salt until it’s smooth. Cut newspaper into strips about 1 inch wide by 6 to 8 inches long, dip into the paper mache and then place over your base shape. You’ll need to do this a few days in advance to make sure your piñata has a chance to dry completely. WikiHow has all the directions you need here.

Can’t find that perfect piñata, and making your own seems too daunting? Head to Etsy and have a custom piñata made for your party! We love these ones from Get Smashed Piñatas.

Now the best part - filling your piñata! There are lots of different things you can put in your piñata, but obviously you need candy. Make sure the candies you choose are individually wrapped, and will hopefully survive falling from a few feet onto the floor. A great piñata has more than just candy inside, and we’ve got some suggestions based on the type of party you’re throwing.


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Bachelor/Bachelorette

Novelty candy - shaped like body parts
Mini bottles of booze - just make sure they’re in plastic! Or put something in the piñata that can be traded in for a drink, like getting tickets at a fair.
Condoms
Sunglasses
Mini packs of pain killers like Tylenol or Advil for the morning after.



nail+poish

Girls Night Out/Spa Day

Wine flavoured gummy bears
Lotion & Makeup samples
Hair ties
Lip balm - bonus if you make your own!
Nail polish/emery boards
Tea bags

godiva+dark+chocolates

Foodie

Gift cards to local restaurants
Upscale chocolate & candies
Booze
Mini bags of coffee beans
Small kitchen items - wooden spoons, mini whisks etc.

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Birthday

Go young with all the retro things you loved as a kid!
Candy necklaces
Ring Pops
Glow sticks
Toy Cars
Stickers
Temporary tattoos

 

One last thing - make sure your guests have a way to get all their treats home! Provide loot bags, just like when you were a kid! Or you could hand out mason jars as a slightly more upscale option for everyone to stash their goodies into.






















Throwing a Boho Chic Backyard Barbecue

Backyard barbecue season is finally here, and we're excited to get outside and start grilling! We want to keep the relaxed and easy feel of a barbecue, while upgrading your table, food and drinks to make it a more elegant affair. 

Use a Skid for a Table

Grab a big blanket to spread on the grass, or use a few outdoor carpets and overlap them. Toss some comfy throw pillows around, so everyone can lounge and relax. If you want some extra height you can prop skid up on a few bricks, or stack two on top of each other. Here are some gorgeous examples we found on Pinterest!


Table settings

Use real plates and cutlery with cloth napkins - nothing disposable! Add charger plates as well for a classier look. We got our friends at Sweet Pea Cookies to make us some gorgeous sugar cookies to use as a place card for our table setting, and it also doubles as a take home favour for your guests - if you manage to not eat it before then!

Place setting cookie nametag
Flowers in bud vases
Cookies flowers

Fresh flowers are beautiful and make everything look more elegant! Our friends at Hiway Flowers made us all these stunning bud vases that would look fabulous tucked into a garland of greenery along your table.

Food


It’s not a barbecue until there is food! We've got two quick and easy recipes for you, that look like showstoppers!

First up, kebabs, but with a twist! Instead of putting them on wooden or metal skewers, we're going to use rosemary springs instead! Strip leaves from the bottom few inches of the woody part of the stalk of rosemary, and then soak sprigs in a bowl of water for at least 30 minutes. Meanwhile cut up whatever vegetables and meat you'd like into pieces about an inch thick. Poke holes in your veggies and meat in advance so they're easy to slide on to your rosemary. Put on the grill until your meat is cooked through. The rosemary adds a lovely flavour to the food, and the presentation is fantastic!

rosemary chicken kabobs
grilled corn with herb butter

Corn on the cob is a barbecue staple, and we’re going to elevate it by cooking it on the grill, and adding an herb butter to it. Just rub olive oil on the corn, and then put it right on a hot grill and close the lid. Turn it a few times, but shouldn’t take longer than 8 minutes. Before hand make up a simple herb butter - we used basil, but any herb will do. This is a great way to use the rosemary you’ve stripped from the skewers! Add a loosely packed cup of herbs to a food processor or blender and roughly chop a few times. Add a cup of butter and a tablespoon of sea salt and blend until your herbs are finely chopped and the butter has a light green tint. You might need to scrape down the sides a few times. The butter can be made ahead and extra herb butter will keep for about a week or two in the fridge. You can roll it into a log with plastic wrap and slice it off as you need it. It's great for cooking or to simply put on toast.


Cocktail

Every outdoor event needs a great signature cocktail. We’re going to make a Campari Flamingo Cocktail. Campari has a great citrus and herb flavour that is great for summer, and it’s bright colour makes cocktails look great.

Campari Flamingo Recipe (adapted from www.seriouseats.com)

  • 3/4 ounce freshly squeezed juice from 1 to 2 limes

  • 1 1/2 ounce aged rum, such as Appleton Estate

  • 1/2 ounce Campari

  • 3 ounces pink grapefruit soda or blood orange soda - for a lighter taste use flavoured soda water

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add lime juice, rum, and Campari. Shake well.

Strain into ice-filled rocks glass. Add grapefruit soda, stir gently and serve.

To serve a large party, mix lime juice, rum and Campari in pitcher in advance, and then just add the grapefruit soda individually.

Watch Carolina go over some of these tips on Rogers In Studio.