Well friends, we did it! Today we’re wrapping up our festive, tasty, and colorful Cinco de Mayo celebration. If you missed anything along the way, I recommend starting here, or you can visit all the party links at the end of this post.
If you’ve been following along, you probably spotted my Mini Piñata Boxes. I created them to serve a few entertaining purposes. First, they are colorful decor for the table. In bright bold blues, they instantly make things look festive. Secondly, used at each place setting, they can also double as place card holders. Finally, they make memorable party favors that guests can take home.
Packed with candy (or in this case, chocolate), like a traditional piñata, each little box is a special way for your guests to remember and continue the party at home. Besides, who wouldn’t enjoy a fringe crepe paper box filled with chocolates. Am I right?
I also love that these are homemade. While they do require some time to create, they quickly come together while binging on your new favorite show. Netflix and chill? No. How about Netflix and craft? Yes!
Having a homemade element as part of your entertaining decor can make your party unique. It’s certainly a detail that your guests will remember.
Let me walk you through the process of making these piñatas.
You will need the following:
Paper mache boxes
Crepe paper streamers
Chocolates (or candy)
Begin by fringing your crepe paper streamers. You can stack three or four rows of streamers together to make this go a bit faster. Your cuts should go about 3/4 of the way up the streamer. You’ll also need some narrower streamers. To create these, cut the regular streamer in half lengthwise and then fringe.
Once your streamers are fringed, start with the bottom of the box. Glue on a piece of streamer that hasn’t been fringed. Then directly on top of that, glue on a piece of the fringed streamer. This will ensure that you can’t see the brown box through the fringe.
Continue covering the bottom of the box by gluing on fringed streamers. Each row should start about 1/2 inch up from the previous row.
The final row of fringed streamers should be one of the narrower strips you created.
When the bottom is covered, trim off any excess to create a clean edge around the bottom.
Next, add the fringed streamer to the sides of the box working in the same fashion. First, glue on a streamer that hasn’t been fringed. Then directly on top of that, glue on a piece of fringe streamer.
Continue adding the fringed streamers until you reach the top edge.
The lid is covered in the same way. However, before adding the streamers, create a looped hanger on the top of the box with a piece of tape and twine,
Then fringe around it the same way you did the bottom of the box.
Finally, glue on the fringe streamers around the rim of the lid starting at the bottom and working up. Finish with a narrower strip of streamers.
Once the glue dries, place coordinating tissue paper in the box, fill the box with candy, and pop on the lid.
With that, your Mini Piñata Box is complete.
I chose to do a gradient effect with four different shades of blue crepe paper streamers. I made four boxes. To make each one different, I varied the color I started with for each box. You can do yours the same or create your own combination of colors and effects.
While these are great for a Cinco de Mayo celebration, they could certainly add a festive touch to any party. (Are the ideas already flowing?)
With your piñatas complete, you’re fully equipped to host your own Cinco de Mayo fiesta! We covered the basics of entertaining, sipped on a couple cocktails (here and here), feasted on kabobs, and topped things off with candy cactus-adorned cheesecakes. That’s my kind of party.
I’ve linked up all the details to this celebration below. For even more Cinco de Mayo inspiration, click on the Pinterest board I’ve dedicated to this holiday.
Thanks so much for partying with me all week. I hope your Cinco de Mayo is a happy one!