Using Piñatas for Your Parties

Need a smashing addition for your next party? Adding a piñata would be a perfect activity. Piñatas are available in hundreds of shapes and sizes that you can choose from, depending on your theme. And in case you don’t know, it can be filled with anything small and unbreakable, so it’s not just for kids! Here’s a guide to use piñatas for your parties.

Types of Piñatas

Do you know that there are two main types of piñatas? For safety and ease of release of the goodies, there are two kinds: the traditional piñata and the pull-string piñata.

1. Traditional Piñata

Traditional piñatas are made of cardboard paper mache or sometimes pottery, which is decorated and filled with candies and treats, and then broken as a part of the celebration. It’s suspended in the air, so blindfolded players can hit it with a bat or a broomstick to release what’s inside. It’s great for people of all ages, and a bit of strength and precision is needed to hit the target and successfully break open the piñata. The traditional piñata is best used in big spaces, like a large party area, in the backyard, in the garage, or outside.

2. Pull-String Piñata

A pull-string piñata is great for the kids, but it’s also perfect for adults, especially if the party space is smaller and doesn’t have a lot of swing room. It’s like a traditional piñata, only with strings to pull, so you don’t need to break it with a bat. Each participant gets to pull one string from the piñata, but only one will release the filler.

It is preferable to use a pull-string piñata if:

  • Your participants are children between the ages of 3 to 7
  • Your party is indoors
  • You have a large crowd, so you can give everyone a chance to participate
  • You have a shy group of children

Safety Tips

  • When it comes to fillers, candy is not your only option. You can fill it with anything small and won’t break, but steer clear of anything sharp to avoid injuries.
  • Make sure the piñata is set up securely with a sturdy and tight rope.
  • Only one person must go and try to break the piñata at a time. Multiple people holding bats to try to break the piñata is a recipe for disaster. Even multiple people trying to pull on a stringed piñata can cause someone to get hurt.
  • Allow a safe distance from the piñata batting area.
  • If there are very young children participating, choose a pull-string piñata.
  • If you are setting up a piñata for kids, it’s safer to use a plastic whiffle ball bat instead of a wooden baseball bat because the latter might be too heavy for the children.
  • When turning the blindfolded hitter before hitting the piñata, don’t turn them too much that they become really dizzy. Just turn them around two to three times. Then, guide them in the right direction within hitting distance.
  • Once the piñata is broken, don’t let the kids rush for the spoils. Hand out bags for kids to gather their prizes with.
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Bulk Assorted Fruit Candy - Starburst, Skittles, Swedish Fish, SweeTarts, Nerds, Sour Patch Kids, Haribo Gold-Bears Gummi Bears
Airheads Candy Bars, Variety Bulk Box, Chewy Full Size Fruit Taffy
Candy Shop Assorted Candy Party Mix. - 3 Pounds of Your Favorite
ULTIMATE Assorted Classic Candy Mix! Mega Variety! FRESH & DELICIOUS! Individually Wrapped, Bulk Assortment. Perfect
Smarties Original: 5 Ounce
Sunny Island TWIZZLERS Strawberry Twists Snack Size Packs, Individually Wrapped, 2 Pounds Bag
Hershey's All Chocolate Pieces, 150 Pcs, 90 Ounce Bag
REESE'S, HERSHEY'S and KIT KAT Assorted Milk Chocolate Miniatures Candy
Mars Chocolate Favorites Halloween Candy Bars Variety Mix Bag
Sarah's Candy Factory Party Mix Assorted Candy in Jar (4 lbs)

 

Filler Ideas

When filling up your piñata, be sure there are enough prizes inside so everyone can get their fair share! Here are some ideas for fillers you can add to your piñata:

1. Edible fillers

Candy is considered the customary stuffing for piñata, so you can’t go without it. Nerds, Sour Patch Kids, Starburst, Skittles, and Twizzlers all work well as a piñata filler. But if you’re a purist, chocolate is actually the healthiest candy option. However, you have to consider the weather and outdoor temperature when adding some chocolate to your mix, especially if it’s a summer party outside and the chocolate could melt. Either way, you can forgo the chocolate altogether or keep it in a cool, dry space until it’s time to break it out.

While candy is expected, you can add healthier food options as long as they are small and packaged just right. You can also add small snack bags of goldfish crackers, fruit snacks, granola bars, boxes of raisins, or bags of baby carrots.

You can buy edible piñata fillers you can use:

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Mini Neon Party Bubbles for Kids - (Pack of 12) Bulk Bubble Wands and Bottles
Rainbow Spring Toy Assortment - (Pack of 50) Mini Plastic Coil Spring Toy | Bright Colors and Shapes
Animals Figure,54 Piece Mini Jungle Animals Toys Set,ValeforToy Realistic Wild Vinyl Plastic Animal Learning Party Favors Toys
Jatidne 24 Pieces Bouncy Balls Party Favors for Kids Party Bags Fillers Colorful Bouncing Balls
Mochi Squishy Toys 20 Pcs Mini Squishy Animal Squishies Party Favors for Kids Kawaii Squishy Squeeze Toy Cat Unicorn Squishy Stress Relief Toys
JOYIN 800 PCs Glow Sticks Bulk Colorful Neon for Glowstick Party Favors, Glow in the Dark Necklace & Bracelet
Roxenda Speed Cube Set, Speed Cube Bundle of 2x2 3x3 4x4 Megaminx Windmill Mirror Cube and Pyramid Cube Smoothly Magic Cubes Collection
Kicko Assorted Rubber Ducks with Mesh Bag - 50 Ducklings, 2 Inch
Kicko Mini Noise Putty Toys for Kids - Pack of 48 Slimes - Ideal for Sensory and Tactile Stimulation
Kicko Plastic Swirl Spin Tops - Pack of 10-2.25 Inches Assorted Cool Transparent Spiral Design Spin Top
Wind-Up Toys, 24 Pack Assorted Mini Toy for Kids Party Favors, Birthday Goody Bag Filler Preschool Toy
Party Favors for Kids - Bulk Toys - 72 Pack of Airplane Gliders Bulk Party Pack Individually Wrapped Flying Paper Planes – Assorted Designs
ArtCreativity 4 Inch Plastic Maracas for Kids - 12 Pairs - Neon Music Hand Shakers - Fun Noise Makers and Toy Musical Instruments

 

2. Toy Fillers

Toys are always an exciting prize for children, so a piñata filled with small things kids can play with will be a crowd-pleaser. Here are some toys you can use to fill your piñata:

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Tiny Mills 24 Pcs Building Blocks Brick Multi Point Stackable Push Pencil Assortment with Eraser
100 Mini Erasers Assortment, Colorful fruits, animals, numbers, sea Animal and more! Great Party Favors
48 Mini Unicorn Notepad for Unicorn Party Favors Bulk
SAVITA 3D Stickers for Kids & Toddlers 500+ Puffy Stickers Variety Pack
PHOGARY 200 Pieces 20 Sheets Animals Theme Temporary Tattoos Zoo Patterned Body Art Waterproof Tattoos
Shuttle Pens 24 Mini Neon Multicolored Plastic Pens Assorted Colors Ballpoint Pens Kids Decorating Arts
12 Pieces Mini Pill Shaped Highlighter Pens Cute Face Graffiti Marker Pens Girls Stationery Kawaii Pens
Tiny Mills 50 Pcs Assorted Stampers for Kids - Birthday Party Favors

 

3. Crafty Fillers

If you’re setting up a piñata party for kids, crafty supplies are the way to go. Parents of the children would thank you for that! Give them things they can use at school or for any art-related activity, and they will get giddy and excited about it. You can choose from any of these things:

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Plastic Shutter Shades Glasses For Kids - 80’s Party Favors Shutter Sunglasses In Assorted Colors
Bulk Kids Hibiscus UV Protected Sunglasses Party Favors - Favorite Luau Party and Pool Party Favors- Bulk Party
Big Mo's Toys Emoji Silicone Bracelets Party Favors - Pinata / Goody Bag Fillers for Every Event
10 Sets Beaded Necklace and Bracelets for Girls Unicorn Mermaid Rainbow Animal Pendant Colorful Wooden Beads Princess Necklace Dress Up Pretend Play Jewelry Set Party Favor Gifts
Flashing Colorful LED Light Up Bumpy Jelly Rubber Rings Finger Toys
Bracelets Party,52 Pack Slap Bracelets (20 Design), Snap Bands with Friendship, Peace
FROG SAC 6 Glitter Headbands For Girls, Kids Headbands Little Girl Hair Accessories
Rainbow Unicorn Hair Clips - 24-Pack Anti-Slip Snap Hairclips for Girls
12Pcs/Set Kalolary Hair Bows Alligator Clips for Girls Gift, 5 Inches Unicorn Grosgrain Ribbon Hair Barrettes Accessories
Goody Ouchless Medium Hair Elastics 2mm, 40 Count
ArtCreativity Sandwich Cookie Flashlight Keychains, Pack of 24, LED Key Chains in Assorted Cookie Replicas
6 Pieces Plush Eye Mask Soft Sleeping Blindfold Eye Cover Comfortable Plush Eye Masks Plush and Satin Eye Mask Fluffy and Furry Eye Cover
Ifavor123 Cupcake Lip Gloss Lip Balm Set Assorted Designs Birthday Party Favors
Whistle for Kids with Bracelet - (Pack of 36) Bulk Whistles and Stretchable Coil Wrist Keychain Bracelets in Assorted Colors

 

4. Something to wear or use

You can offer things that kids or any of the guests would use. Small items that people would wear or use, like hair accessories, fashion accessories, and anything small and functional, would serve as a great piñata filler that guests would love to take ahold of.

5. Confetti

Of course, don’t forget the confetti in paper or foil for the classic “burst piñata” moment! It’s for the fun visual effect and element of pizazz. You may also choose flower petals as a filler if you want something pretty yet biodegradable.

Piñata Hanging Tips

Here are some helpful tips on how to hang your piñata on the big day!

  • The piñata comes empty, so don’t forget to fill it first. On the underside of each piñata, there’s often a tab (sometimes very well hidden) that you can push to create a hole in the piñata. This is the hole that lets you fill it. Candies, sweets, little presents, and confetti are usually inside a piñata, but we’ll discuss piñata fillings later.
  • Make sure that the things you place inside a piñata are packaged well won’t rip off our spill out when beaten and when it falls down to the ground. For instance, if you want to put a small raisin box inside, add a sticker or tape to the top and bottom to keep the raisins in.
  • If you wish to set up the piñata in an indoor location, it has to be suspended in the middle of the room with furniture moved out of the way. The children or any person participating must be able to move around it without tripping over once their eyes are covered. If you have a crossbeam or a free hook in the space, that’s the perfect place.
  • If you’re hanging the piñata outside, a branch, a goal post, or a basketball hoop is the perfect spot. Take some string and fix it to the hook in the piñata to create a loop long enough to hang the piñata on. Consider the participants’ height, especially if there are little children – they must be able to reach when pulling on the strings or hitting it with a bat.
  • Have a broomstick or a bat always ready to whack the piñata down, even if you’re using a pull-string piñata. Sometimes, it just won’t open, so just have them prepared to prevent a super awkward situation.