Today was my son’s 7th birthday party, a Lego-themed event I feel like we’ve been preparing for the past month. Anders came up with theme, and the ideas for the items I had to work on this past week – a Lego head piñata and birthday cake.
I have to admit, I was particularly proud of the piñata, which took me three days to create. This was only the second piñata I’ve ever created ( my first was for our son’s pirate party last year ), and I wasn’t quite sure how i would create the distinctive shape of a Lego minifig head. Then I found the solution during a visit to A.C. Moore – pre-shaped foam discs and a sheet of poster board.
Using a copy of the Boston Globe and a basic paper maiche recipe (1 part flour to 2 parts water), I covered the shape with two coats of paper. I made sure to include a hole at the top to allow us to fill the piñata, as well as a string for hanging.
Finally, I applied two coats of yellow paint, and using a black Sharpie marker, drew on the face (Anders chose the expression).
There is no question I was a little sad that it was going to be beaten by a baseball bat – on the other hand, what am I going to do with a piñata hanging around the house?
Oh, and I did get to the cake too – four layers of cake plus a ton of yellow frosting!