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Use these ideas to have a great birthday party!

• Place balloons or streamers or flags around the entrance to let guests know where the party is!

• For children’s parties, the number of guests can be dictated by the host’s age. If the birthday child is seven, then invite seven guests.

• Order individual helium balloons so each guest can take one home as a party favor.

• Send invitations two to three weeks before the party to allow time for guests to RSVP.

• Most children’s parties are 1 1/2 to 3 hours long. Younger guests need to be occupied the whole time, so plan activities accordingly.

• Select a party theme that reflects the interests of the guest of honor.

• Put fun cartoon character balloons in goodie bags for guests with other treats and favors.

• Purchase extra party supplies than you think you’ll need in case additional guests attend.

• Hire a birthday entertainer, such as a clown or balloon twister, to amuse the children.

• Buy extra film, and don’t forget to charge video camera batteries before the party.

• Recruit adult family and friends to help with party planning.

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How To Make a Hot Air Balloon Pinata

This hot-air balloon pinata is great for first time makers -- and it makes for a nice big target for little pinateros.
14-inch balloon, inflated
10-inch bowl
One batch papier-mâché paste
1 two-page spread each of regular newspaper and the comic pages
32-oz. plastic yogurt container, cut in half horizontally
Hole punch
Glue stick
5 sheets of tissue paper in bright colors, cut
into 3 1/2-inch squares
4 lbs. of individually wrapped candies

Time needed: Afternoon or Evening
1. For stability while working, place the balloon in a 10-inch bowl. Fold the spread of newspaper in half and then in half again. Tear (don't cut) 1 1/2-inch-wide strips so they have a slightly rough edge (tearing along a straight edge works well). The rough edges help make a smooth overall surface. Drag a strip of newspaper through the papier-mâché paste, wipe off any excess with your fingers, and place it at an angle on the balloon. Place the second strip so that it slightly overlaps the first. Continue until the balloon has been covered with one layer of paper strips--except for a 2-inch square at the top, through which the candy will go. Give the papier-mâché up to 24 hours to dry. Cover your leftover paste with plastic wrap so it doesn't dry out (if it does, add warm water).

2. For the piñata's hanger, wrap the midpoint of a length of string (doubled up, if necessary) around the bottom of the balloon, pulling the ends up to the top; tape it to the balloon in a few places. Knot together the ends of the string 6 inches above the top. Tape the top half of the yogurt container to the bottom of the balloon. This will become the neck of the hot air balloon.

3. Cover the balloon (including the string), the neck and the bottom half of the yogurt container (which will become the hot air balloon basket) with a layer of strips of comics, placing them at a different angle from the first layer. (Using different colored strips lets you distinguish one layer from the next, ensuring a uniform overall thickness.) Allow the second layer to dry.

4. Cover the balloon, neck and basket with strips of plain newsprint going in a third direction. Smooth over any rough edges as you work. Allow the balloon to dry thoroughly.

5. Punch four holes into the neck of the hot air balloon and four into the basket. Attach string to the neck about 3 1/2 inches from the base of the balloon to later suspend the basket.

6. Dot the corners of a tissue square with a glue stick and place it just to the side of the 2-inch square on the top of the balloon. Follow with other squares in the same color, working your way diagonally down around the balloon. When you get to the bottom, start at the top again in another color, fitting the squares into a houndstooth pattern. If you want to add streamers, cut 2- by 30-inch lengths of tissue paper and glue them onto matching colored squares about halfway down.

7. Cover the basket with squares of tissue in different colors. Attach the basket to the balloon. Puncture the uncovered part of the balloon at the top of the piñata and remove all of the balloon fragments. Make sure the inside of the piñata is completely dry before you fill it, so the candy won't stick to the sides. Fill it about halfway with the candy. Cover the opening with some tissue squares, and your piñata is ready to hang.

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