11 easy steps to organize a birthday party in Mexico

  • Choose a theme – the munchkin says, “We’re at the beach so ocean theme.”
  • Google party cakes and find one that fits your theme.
  • Download the picture to your phone.
  • Visit the bakery and show them the picture. “I can do the icing,” says the young baker, “but not the starfish or the seahorse. My mother could do them, but she’s away.”
  • Go to the candy store, show the picture and buy appropriate beads and stars to decorate the cake.
  • Go to the craft store, show the picture and ask the lady to make a starfish and seahorse.
  • Go to the piñata store, show the picture and order a seahorse piñata.
  • While at the piñata store, buy the party bags and the candy to fill the bags and the piñata.



















  • Three days later pick up the starfish and seahorse. Take them to the cake baker girl.
  • That same day, pick up the piñata.



















  • On the day of the party, pick up the cake, hang the piñata, order the pizza.

Happy Birthday, my darling girl. Feliz Cumpleanos!



No parade is complete without horses. Mexico’s Revolution Day

Revolution Day is an official Mexican government holiday, celebrated annually iRevolution Day is an official Mexican government holiday, celebrated annually in Mexico on November 20th. On this date, in the year 1910 the revolutionary war to overthrow the dictator Porfirio Díaz, began. http://www.darlenejonesauthor.com




The Flood — Part 2

The flood waters have receded, the streets are more or less dry and we are–dare I say it?– almost finished the cleanup.

BUT take a look at this.



Yep, that’s the drainage canal. Just how much water can it hold? Enough to prevent another flood during the next one or two or ten storms predicted for the area in the coming weeks?

NO, there are no signs of backhoes or excavators coming to the rescue.

So we wait with fingers crossed for the end of hurricane season.



Culture shapes play — roadside shrines of Mexico

Where do children get their ideas for play?

The munchkin and her friend built an elaborate shrine in the garden for a couple of dead snails.


Why a shrine? Well, roadside shrines to the people who have died in accidents are a common sight when driving in Mexico.  They range from simple structures to elaborate monuments.



Here’s one at the site of a bus crash that resulted in multiple deaths.


Now we know what inspired the girls.