Okay, okay. Before I start getting comments about the shocking nature of the title of this post, a “cornhole” is a beanbag toss. Pure and simple. I don’t know where it got that name. (Maybe they used to use dried corn kernels to make the bean bags, but then they’d probably be called “corn bags”, wouldn’t they?) Anyway, this cornhole set was build by my father-in-law for our Jill and Jill party. It’s been making the rounds at various parties and family functions every since. It was even used as a ruse to get my parents to their 50th Anniversary party (we have to use my dad’s truck to transport them).
The first photo was their original incarnation. The theme of the party was the “Toes” song by the Zac Brown Band. We even had PBR on tap. It came from a couple days after we had first met. My wife went to Country Fest and sent me a video of that song from the show. It was one of the only country songs I even knew at the time. In fact, in the on-line profile at the dating site where I met her, for musical tastes I wrote “anything but country”. She loves country. (I’ve actually recently been to my first Country Fest- and I survived it.)
(This cake has nothing to do with the cornhole theme of the post, but I had to share it. It’s a cake that one of our bridesmaids had made for the Jill and Jill.)
So, after the Jill and Jill the cornhole set sat in the basement for a while until I realized that it was such great entertainment for any party. We dragged it out for our boy’s 8th birthday and I painted them sky blue. I was going to put more a design on them, either an 8 or something Skylanders (the theme of the party) but I ran out of time. (That’s probably okay, though, because he was much more interested in the bounce house we rented).
Some friends have borrowed it on occasion, and we just used it again today for our church block party. I spray painted the initials of the church on it: “Trinity United Methodist Church“. (As I was trying to mask the “M” with painters’ tape, I found myself wishing I was still a member of the United Church of Christ.) I went with the sloppy look because the sign advertising the party has those block letters with the spray paint spilling over, too.
Here’s the final version of their latest incarnation:
And some good ol’ cornhole fun at the block party, with my wife, the referee:
I ended up with a wicked sunburn, but had a great time. Our boy got totally decked out in his balloon armor and I spent the rest of the afternoon holding everything so it wouldn’t pop while he played.
I wonder how I’ll paint them next???