Traditionally the pinata is used for Mexican themed celebrations or parties. Not surprisingly since Mexico is its country of origin. However, did you know that a pinata can be used for just about any party nowadays whether themed or not?! Many are no longer made into the shape of multi-coloured donkey but can actually be found in various forms and colours. Many places will make one to your specifications but if not, making your own is pretty easy too!
Don’t go thinking that a pinata is only suitable for adult parties! In fact, children seem to take the most joy out of beating an inanimate object and watching it explode with treats and toys. As long as you play safely, a pinata can be a fun way to entertain children.
Not only this, but it can suit any kid’s party theme. Consider a princess themed party - get a dragon pinata for the little princesses to “slay”. If you are throwing a pirate themed party, get a treasure chest pinata for the pirates to “find” with their beating sticks.
Whatever the theme, there is bound to be a way to incorporate a fitting pinata.
The original game requires all the guests to line up one behind the other three metres behind the hung up pinata. Before each guest gets a turn to hit it they are blind folded and gently spun around three times. Usually each guest gets two or three swings before the next guest has a turn.
Whilst the swinging takes place ensure that all guests are at a safe clearing distance so as not to be injured. Once the pinata has been sufficiently hit also ensure that the swinging has completely stopped before guests rush to collect the gifts.
For young children you may choose not to blindfold or spin them. Use your discretion here based on the age group.
This is a really fun and easy way to provide great party entertainment. It can be stressful trying to come up with games and such to keep your guests busy. So why not go with a favourite?!