One of the best sources of entertainment during a child’s birthday party is breaking open the piñata. Children will enjoy the thrill of smacking the item with a stick or baseball bat. Adults will love watching the fun. Be certain to have your camcorder ready to tape the action.
Piñatas are available at party stores in a wide variety. They can be found in fun shapes and assorted sizes. Even familiar stores such as Wal-Mart or Kmart sell these terrific party favors. The selection is not as great at the department stores, but you will find an array of familiar cartoon characters like Sponge Bob or Dora. You may even stumble across a monster truck or butterfly.
The typical cost for a piñata will vary depending on size. Another factor that affects the price is whether or not the piñata has ribbons to pull to make the bottom of the piñata fall out to release the prizes and gifts inside. Generally, expect to pay between $10 and $20 for your child’s piñata. It should be no problem finding a piñata to coordinate with the theme of your youngsters party.
Once you have selected the perfect piñata for the party, now you must consider what to put inside. Often, you can buy bags of candy and small trinkets to place inside, but I prefer to customize the contents to that of the birthday boy or girl and the guests of the party. Remember to think small for such goodies. The size of the opening or openings in the piñata is not as large as you may think.
Another consideration for the contents must be durability. My family learned the hard way not to include Tic Tacs in the piñata when they are in their typical plastic container. The package just will not withstand the considerable amount of bumps and thumps within the walls of the piñata.
Confetti can be fun inside of a piñata, but do remember how far the confetti will fly. Cleanup for confetti can be less than fun for the adults at the party.
Stickers are fabulous inside of a piñata. The flexible backing of the stickers allow them to easily be placed inside the piñata. All children love stickers so this will undoubtedly be a hit at the party.
For boys, a few metal die-cast cars are a great idea. The size is right and the durability is exceptional. Avoid the cheaply made plastic cars. They tend to break before the piñata.
When it comes to girls, include a few scruncis or other small hair goodies. Another idea is to toss in a few jelly bracelets. What girl doesn’t like hair things and jewelry?
You can’t have a piñata without some candy. Individually wrapped candies tend to suffer the blows the best. Mints, kisses, or gum is popular additions to the mix.
A unique idea is to add individually wrapped beef sticks or beef jerky. My kids love these items. They tolerate the piñata action and are a fun surprise. These can be a good alternative to all the sugary candies.
Money is always a nice surprise. This is true for piñatas, as well. You could fill the thing with bunches of cash, but that could get expensive. Tossing in a few quarters and dimes from the change jar is a great way to use up some of that change while putting a large smile on the faces of your guests.
Coupons sound cheap, but kids love to receive items like McDonald’s bucks. A book or two of the bucks will not only thrill the kiddos, but are great for parents. The parents can take the kids out for a burger or ice cream cone on you for a change.
Bubbles are fun for everyone. Purchase a box of bubbles in those tiny bottles. You will find these in the craft department or near the wedding supplies. Not only will the bubbles fill up a great deal of space in the piñata, but the guests will love them.
I expected the piñata to only last a few moments with my kids, but it truly lasted a good deal of time. Enjoy the fun!