Piñata Ideas

After taking into consideration who the party is for or what kind of celebration you want, you can decide on what kind of games and entertainment to get for the party. One kind of game and entertainment that never goes out of style is the piñata game.

In Hispanic culture piñata breaking was a symbol of abundance, celebration, and the beginning of fun. Keep this in mind when you tailor fit your piñata and your piñata games to the party you’re hosting.

In Latin culture we break piñatas to celebrate birthdays, weddings, to enjoy in festivals and feasts, and also to celebrate religious events. You can include a piñata for your child’s birthday party, a company outing, a wedding, Christmas, graduation parties, etc.

Pinata Ideas

Piñata Ideas

Here are just a few piñata ideas you may find fun and different. You can go with the traditional way of making a piñata and using a piñata for Hispanic celebrations like Las Posadas Mexicanas at Christmas or use it the way Chinese people do, for New Year’s celebrations.

I also consider piñatas for celebrations like birthdays, baptisms, Halloween, Valentine’s Day, and Easter,

You can go with a more customary design of piñata like the pot, the pineapple shape or the star shape. You can even have a bit of fun with your children making the piñata together. If you are interested follow these instructions on how to make a paper mache piñata.

If you want to put a bit of originality and creativity into the piñata game, you can do so with piñata shapes like animals, your child’s favorite cartoon character or a shape that matches the party you’re throwing like an Easter egg for Easter, a reindeer for Christmas, a drum for the Fourth of July and so on.

Fun piñata Ideas

Don’t stop with the making, designing and decision making of what occasion to use it for. You can also get creative with what you put inside the piñata. You’re not limited to candy and treats. You can fill a children’s party piñata with small toys like Polly Pockets, Barbie doll clothes, toy jewelry, crayons, Play-Doh, stickers, Matchbox cars, bouncy balls, etc.

If you want to give your fiesta a Hispanic flair fill your piñata with typical candy. Not just any kind. There are fabulous Chocolates that come from Latin American countries like Mexico (where chocolate was a must) or Argentina, famous for its Bariloche white chocolate.

For non-edible items you can use valeros, matracas, wooden trompos, and so forth.

Here are some pinata ideas for adults. You can fill the piñata with little cards that have wishes along nuts and typical sweets from your country or origin. These little cards are handmade or you can print them in small sizes with sayings in Spanish like:

Una tonelada de amor para ti por el resto del año, que pronto encuentres la pareja de tu vida, que la suerte siempre te acompañe, que la salud nunca te falte, etc,. Instead of confetti you fill it with these positive saying that your guests will love.

For non-edible items, you can put votive candles, lotion, ribbons or typical items from your country of origin or from Latin America. Just make sure they are properly wrapped to avoid injury when they come down after breaking the piñata.

Believe it or not you can also have a piñata for a bachelorette party and I am sure all your friends are going to have lots of fun.

Here is a piñata idea, use rum candy, chocolates from Mexico or Venezuela, great wishes cards, and movie tickets (a couple of them will do the trick) for your friends to enjoy.

When you have a trick piñata, you can fill this with confetti and flour. So break open the fun and include a pinata at your party.

To know more about pinata history check out my page about it here go to piñata history.

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Piñata History

How Piñatas Have Evolved from Clay to Drawstring Piñatas

Piñata history tells us that pinatas are deeply rooted in Hispanic culture and it’s believed that piñatas were first used in gatherings of the Aztecs and the Mayans. See the article Mexican Piñata to learn more about it.

Based on Hispanic origins, the pinata history started off as clay pots shaped in the figure of the Mayan gods or Aztec gods.

The clay pots were broken with the use of poles or sticks. When the contents of the pots spilled out, indigenous people believed that favors from the gods were being poured out and abundance would follow in the community.

In the olden times, on the birthday of the Huitzilopochitli, the Aztec god of war, priests would hang a clay pot from one of the temple poles.

The pot was decorated with feathers and inside the pot were colorful stones, nuts, bead ornaments, painted stones or berries. The pot was broken with a stick and the contents spilled on the feet of the god. This was the offering to the god.

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Breaking la Piñata
by Marcela Hede

The Mayan story of piñatas would have it as a game. The main player of the game had his eyes blindfolded. With the cloth on his eyes, he tried to hit the pot that hangs from a height.

It’s also possible that piñatas originated from China. In Chinese New Year, Marco Polo found the Chinese making figures of buffaloes, cows and oxen and covering them with colored paper. They then put harnesses on these figures and the mandarins knocked these figures with sticks.

When the figures broke, seeds of various colors spilled out. These seeds were burned and the ashes were gathered signifying good luck for the whole year.

The pinata history continues in Europe when it was adopted as part of the celebration for Lent. Clay was used for making a piñata and they were shaped as a pineapple. The piñata custom spread from Spain where the pot was decorated with tinsel, ribbons and fringed paper.

The Spanish missionaries brought the piñata custom with them to North American and used it to attract people to ceremonies to convert them.

Aside from being shaped like a pineapple or a regular pot, the piñata was seen to have the shape of a seven pointed figure that represented the seven deadly sins.

 

 

Piñata History Evolves to bring New Piñata Designs

Some of the most popular pinatas that still preserve some of the pinata history of the olden times are Las Posadas pinata, the star pinata, and Mexican pinatas with the seven points.

Today’s pinatas have evolved to represent not only religious believes but fun characters that we love like a Star Wars pinata, Dora pinata, dinosaur pinata, Sponge Bob pinata, and Spiderman amongst others.

One of the most popular pinatas today is the draw string pinata because of its ease of use. Kids dance around the piñata holding one of the strings until told to pull from it to release all the piñata fillings. Many places in the U.S. are requesting draw string piñatas because of safety issues.

When we were planning my son’s birthday party last year, the manager of the birthday place preferred a draw string piñata, we didn’t … and the kids loved being blindfolded and hitting the piñata!

We didn’t use a typical Mexican pinata but one that went with the theme of the party and we ordered it online, hassle free and at a very good price.

Here is a selection of new style pull string piñatas and traditional pinatas you can choose from. The convenience of the pull string is undeniable but still much of the fun of the pinata process resides in breaking it while blindfolded.

Now that you know the piñata history venture into using one for either Christmas if you are celebrating Las Posadas, for your child’s birthday or simply to enjoy throwing a Latino fiesta.

Paper Mache Piñata

How to Make Your Paper Mache Piñata

Planning on having a Mexican piñata in an upcoming party you’ll be hosting? You can purchase a piñata from local party stores and online stores or you can set off on an adventure of fun by making your paper mache pinata yourself.

As you can imagine, the piñata would be something in the shape of a star or a pineapple that holds candy, small toys and other goodies.

In Latin culture we hung it from a tree branch and children who are blindfolded take turns at swinging a stick on the pinata trying to break it.

Based on Hispanic origins, the piñata history started off as clay pots shaped in the figure of the Mayan gods or Aztec gods.

Pinatas signified a myriad of things depending on the ceremonies, occasions, and even the fillings. Today, they’re mainly used for fun and to add to the revelry and entertainment at gatherings, festivals and celebrations.

It’s not only kids and young people who have fun with piñatas at a party. Pinatas are also for company parties and gatherings for weddings, Christmas, etc. To know more about Mexican piñatas read this article.

How to Make Your Paper Mache Pinata

How to Make Your Paper Mache Pinata

Piñatas evolved over time and now they can be made out of paper mache. A great paper mache piñata for your party is very easy to make. Follow these simple directions and let your imagination fly when it is time to decorate it.

Making a Paper Mache Piñata

Materials

  • A stack of old newspapers
  • Two cups of water
  • White glue or papier mache paste
  • A large balloon
  • A mixing bowl
  • Paint
  • String
  • Glitters, beads, crepe paper, ribbons
  • Novelty toys
  • Candy (Hispanic piñata fillings or Mexican candy are best!)

Directions

1. You start making your paper mache piñata by preparing the newspapers. Cut the newspaper into one inch wide strips. You would need a lot of strips to make your paper mache piñata.

2. Mix the paste up for your piñata by stirring water in a large bowl with your paper mache paste.

3. You now have to blow your balloon up and tie off the end.

4. Dip one newspaper strip into the paper mache paste you made. Make sure that both sides of the strip are covered with paste.

5. Place the newspaper strips around the balloon until it’s covered. Leave the space where the balloon end is tied off free. You now have to set this aside until the first layer of newspaper dries.

6. You layer your paper mache piñata two to three more times with newspaper strips making sure that you dry each layer out before starting on the next layer.

7. You remove the air from the balloon or you can pop the balloon when all the newspaper layers have dried completely.

8. Decorate your piñata using the glitters, crepe paper, ribbons and beads. If you’re using paint, make sure you paint on your paper mache piñata first. Use Hispanic flags, bright colors or Latin patterns to give it a kick.

9. Add the string to hang the piñata and fill it with candy and small toys.

That is all you need to do. This is fairly simple and inexpensive and for sure children are going to love making this piñata. Involve your little ones and while showing them a piece of Hispanic culture.

How to Make a Piñata

For birthday parties, company outings, and fiestas, a great addition to the fun and revelry is a piñata. Even if you don’t have a Hispanic themed party, nothing compares to the excitement the crowd feels when the piñata is unveiled.

You can use piñatas for many Hispanic culture celebrations; for example a birthday party wouldn’t be complete without one, las posadas should include pinatas or you can simply learn how to make a piñata to add to any celebration.

Don’t Know How to Make a Piñata?

Making a piñata is easy. If you’re wondering how to make a piñata don’t worry I have put together detailed instructions you can follow. It’s so easy you can get your kids involved in the making and get the fun started.

Supplies to Make a Paper Mache Piñata

  • Flour/white glue
  • Water
  • Old newspapers
  • Balloon (large)
  • Colored cardboard/construction paper
  • Sewing needle
  • Fishing line
  • Paint
  • Crepe paper
  • Glitters
  • Hispanic Candy, nuts or fillings of your choice

How to Make a Piñata – Instructions

1) Cut the old newspaper into wide strips, about 3×12 inches.

2) Make a mix one part flour with two parts water in a bowl. If you’re using white glue instead, you mix two parts of the glue with one a part of water.
3) Inflate the balloon and tie it off at the end to keep the air from escaping.

4) Dip the strips of newspaper one by one in the mixture you made making sure the two sides of the newspaper strip are covered with paste.

5)Put the strips on the balloon. Make sure to leave a hole on the top. This will be where you put the candies, toys and trinkets in.

6) After covering the balloon with newspaper strips, set it aside to dry.

7) When the newspaper strips on the balloon are dry, repeat the process of putting more strips on the balloon one to two times more.

8) When the last layer of strips is dry, pop the balloon and take it out of the paper mache formation.

9) Use the cardboard and construction paper to build your piñata. There are a myriad of piñata ideas that you can use.

10) Use the crepe paper, glitters and trims to add color and decorate to your piñata.

11) Fill the hole on top of your paper mache with the candies, toys and trinkets.  If you want a Hispanic flair use typical candies from Mexico or your country of origin. My favorite filling is a set I buy from Mexgrocer called Deluxe Pinata filling package.

12) Thread the sewing needle with the fishing line and punch it through your paper mache piñata. Create a loop with the fishing line to hang your piñata from.

13) Hang it at a height away from breakable things, furniture and artwork.

14) Blindfold one person at the party and with a couple of spins and a stick, have fun as you wait for them to break the piñata.

Not Sure About Making Your Piñata?

Drawstring or pull string pinatas are a very good choice if you want to be on the safer side…still a lot of fun. Here I included some drawstring pinatas in case you decide to simply buy the pinata instead of making it.

Remember that fillings are also very important. When I celebrate my son’s birthday I make sure to buy the typical Mexican or traditional candies from Hispanic America. It is such a pleasure seeing kids enjoy and having fun with a simple piece of our culture.

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Imagine yourself at a Hispanic party. It can be a birthday party, a Christmas party, or even a wedding.

There’s lots of food, people mingling and enjoying the entertainment and revelries. Suddenly, a piñata is revealed and the excitement and thrill amongst the partygoers heightens.

You find yourself giddy with anticipation for the goodies in the piña… Who’s going to be chosen to break the piñata and how quickly that person can break the Mexican piñata open?

What Is a Piñata?

A piñata is defined as a play thing that’s essentially made like a container with materials like cardboard or papier mache. Originally Indigenous people used clay to make it. Today piñatas are filled with toys, candy, trinkets, or jewelry.

What makes it so fun to have a piñata at a party or festival is that, it is suspended from a high place and partygoers are blindfolded as they try to hit the piñata with sticks trying to break it open.

In many Hispanic American homes people hang them from trees in the backyard or nogal like Mexicans call it. This beautiful tradition it perfectly represented in the famous book for children “Arroz con Frijoles…Unos Amables Ratones” by Pam Ryan.

The story tells how Catalina’s grandma prepares a birthday party for her grandchild and the main attraction is la piñata. This story shows how important this tradition is for Hispanic families where they gather to enjoy beans and rice and celebrate children’s birthdays with piñatas.

Types of Piñatas

What do I like the most about piñatas…Their flexibility! There are many kinds you can use or make depending on the occasion. For example, a Hispanic Wedding Couple piñata has a specific theme that revolves around the novios, doves or hearts.

A piñata for Las Posadas Mexicanas calls for a typical piñata in the shape of a star. For birthday celebrations there is more flexibility. You can use a typical star or your favorite character.

Another possibility is to make your own following your imagination! Make a Paper Mache piñata with your children. It is fun even though it is an involved process.

Mexican Piñata History

It’s a popular belief that piñatas originated in Hispanic culture among the Mayans, Aztecs and natives of Mexico.

In the olden times, it has been said that on the birthday of Huitzilopochitli, the Aztec god of war, priests hung a clay pot from one of the temple’s poles.

The pot was decorated with feathers and inside the pot were colorful stones, nuts, bead ornaments, painted stones or berries. After breaking the pot with a stick, the contents spilled on the feet of the image of the god representing an offering.

To know more about piñata history check out my page about it here go to piñata history.

Today, there are Spanish Christmas piñatas, Hispanic wedding couple piñatas and many other piñata ideas. It’s easy for people to obtain the perfect paper mache piñata for an event, and if you like piñatas to be part of the excitement at any party you host, you can learn about how to make a piñata.

No matter what country you reside in, piñatas have far and extended reach. If you want a piñata for your child’s birthday party, you can even get it in the shape of his or her favorite character.

Piñata Fillings

Remember that fillings are also very important. When I celebrate my son’s birthday I make sure to buy the typical Mexican or traditional candies from Hispanic America.

For parties with adults, piñatas have the same effect. They can be shaped in the company’s logo for a company party or it can be shaped into something significant for the partygoers.

Aside from the beauty and character piñatas have, breaking the Mexican piñata is a thrill. There’s the excitement of waiting for the blindfolded person to break it and there’s the anticipation about what’s inside the piñata as it breaks.

Go ahead and get a piñata for the event you’re planning, or better yet, start making one and let the joy, goodies and fun spill out and pour over your gathering with friends and family.

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