Piñatas are a great way to liven up any party! It lets your guests feel like a kid again, there are surprise gifts, plus everyone get to take out some life’s daily frustrations by hitting something with a big stick!
Piñatas are available in tons of different shapes and colours, so it’s easy to find one that goes with the theme or your party. Amazon has everything from a rainbow (perfect for Pride!) to a treasure chest.
Or you can make your own out of either a balloon, or some cardboard using paper mache. Mix 2 cups of flour with 2 cups of water and a tablespoon of salt until it’s smooth. Cut newspaper into strips about 1 inch wide by 6 to 8 inches long, dip into the paper mache and then place over your base shape. You’ll need to do this a few days in advance to make sure your piñata has a chance to dry completely. WikiHow has all the directions you need here.
Now the best part - filling your piñata! There are lots of different things you can put in your piñata, but obviously you need candy. Make sure the candies you choose are individually wrapped, and will hopefully survive falling from a few feet onto the floor. A great piñata has more than just candy inside, and we’ve got some suggestions based on the type of party you’re throwing.
Novelty candy - shaped like body parts
Mini bottles of booze - just make sure they’re in plastic! Or put something in the piñata that can be traded in for a drink, like getting tickets at a fair.
Mini packs of pain killers like Tylenol or Advil for the morning after.
Girls Night Out/Spa Day
Wine flavoured gummy bears
Lotion & Makeup samples
Lip balm - bonus if you make your own!
Nail polish/emery boards
Gift cards to local restaurants
Upscale chocolate & candies
Mini bags of coffee beans
Small kitchen items - wooden spoons, mini whisks etc.
Go young with all the retro things you loved as a kid!
One last thing - make sure your guests have a way to get all their treats home! Provide loot bags, just like when you were a kid! Or you could hand out mason jars as a slightly more upscale option for everyone to stash their goodies into.