How to Have a Piñata Party

How to Have a Piñata Party

If you are having a children's party or even a Mexican-themed adult party, a piñata can be a fun addition. Piñatas are brightly-colored paper containers, shaped like animals or figures, filled with candy and small toys. They suspended on a rope from a tree branch or ceiling and swatted open by blindfolded players.


Step 1

Choose a piñata. Piñatas come in all shapes and sizes so you can pick large or small, cartoon characters or traditional shapes. Pick the one that you like the most.

Step 2

Purchase the fillers. Buy large bags of candy and party favors. Make sure that the candy and prizes are small so that they won't get lodged in the piñata. The piñata should be full, so buy a lot.

Step 3

Stuff the piñata. There is a hole with a cardboard flap located somewhere on each piñata. Find the flap and open it. Load in the candy and prizes and then reseal the flap.

Step 4

Choose a location. The piñata must be tied with a rope and then the rope is strung over a branch or something similar so that it can be raised and lowered during the game. The person who will be raising the piñata should be located away from the person with the stick, so this location takes some planning.

Step 5

Get out the blindfold and stick. The person attempting to break the piñata needs to be blindfolded so make sure you have something on hand for that, such as a scarf or bandana. Use a broom handle or roller extension as the stick.

Step 6

Break the piñata. When your guests are assembled, one person is blindfolded, spun 2 or 3 times and then pointed in the direction of the piñata. Each person gets 2 to 3 whacks and then it's someone else's turn. Once the piñata is broken, everyone scrambles for the candy.

Tips and Warnings

Make the game easier for smaller children. Keep guests well out of the way of the stick.

Things You'll Need

Piñata, Candy, Small toys, Rope, Eye hook or tree branch, Long stick (broom handle, etc)

About this Author

Robin Noelle is a professional writer living and working in Northern California. She has a degree in Journalism and a background in high tech public relations. She is the author of travel guides and end-user computer books.

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