Piñata at a Party: Stress-Free Do’s and Don’ts!

Have you noticed how the ever-popular piñata has found its way into nearly every party theme (see here)! It’s always such a huge hit (literally!) at kiddie events, and a fabulous decor accent, too. But we noted how, aside from fun tips for using a piñata, there are important precautions as well. So check out our list of do’s and don’ts for a stress-free party, plus some amazingly creative ready-made, customizable, and DIY piñatas to choose from!

Party Piñatas: How to Make Sure They’re a “Hit”!

Do’s

  1. Have the piñata match your theme, so that it serves double duty as decoration and party activity.
  2. Keep in mind the age range of the party guests when planning your piñata design and how the activity will be played.
  3. Take the DIY option of crafting the piñata out of recycled materials you already have.
  4. Consider filling it with treats other than candies such as mini boxes of crayons, small toys, and stickers.
  5. Plan a way to avoid children getting hurt in the rush to gather the fallen treats. To start with, pick a location with enough free space. You may also opt for pull-string type of piñatas.
  6. Then, maybe have a separate piñata each for toddlers, pre-schoolers, and tweens to keep the competition fair!

Don’ts

  1. Avoid a traditional piñata made with a clay pot, as the pieces may cause injury when broken.
  2. Don’t stick with a stick! Think of other ways for the piñata’s contents to be released, such as ribbons or strings to be pulled.
  3. Don’t make or choose a piñata that will be too difficult to break open, as the children will simply get frustrated from trying.
  4. Don’t limit your options to a hanging piñata. There are many creative variations online to give you ideas: tabletop, wall-mounted, on the floor—each with a clever way of getting at the treats.
  5. Don’t feel the need to have candies inside. You can opt for non-edible contents, too, like stickers, themed character cards, small plastic toys, bookmarks, erasers.
  6. No need to spend too much on a piñata. It’s going to be destroyed anyway!

Our Piñata Picks: To Make, To Personalize, To Buy

From the traditional multi-colored horse figure hiding a clay pot, piñatas now come in almost every form imaginable. See what we found—from DIY projects to suit your theme, to ones that can be personalized to look like the celebrant, to ready-made products from party supply sites!

Our Piñata Picks. To Make, To Personalize, To Buy. Unicorn, Cake, Super Hero, Diamond, Princess, and Minion.

1 – DIY birthday cake piñata – Gotta love a confetti cake like this one from Studio DIY. Just change up the colors to match your party palette.

2 – Custom superhero piñata – Perfect for the party boy who’s always wanted to be a superhero! Customizable via Piñatas.com.

3 – Paper bag and Post-its piñata – Such a clever project we spotted on Red Ted Art. You can do this (or even make several) in a snap.

4 – Despicable Me piñata – This is a pull string type whereby kids take turns to see who will be able to release the treats by pulling strings. Available on Amazon.

5 – Custom unicorn piñata – Ride on the unicorn craze with this adorable offer from Piñatas.com. The colors can be altered to your preference.

6 -  Gold diamond fringe piñata – This  items is shipped flat and has to be assembled. Sold through Amazon (Andaz Press).

7 – Custom princess piñata – Which royal maiden does your little girl dream of being? Surprise her with a personalized piece from Piñatas.com.

8 – Monogram piñata – Trust Oh Happy Day to offer such a playful way to add pizzazz—and personalization—to your event!

So, which of these delightful piñata ideas “strikes” your fancy? Or if you’ve made a clever one for your own child’s party, do share it with us!

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