Pinatas

(15 Posts)
buildingmycorestrength Tue 11-Jun-13 10:51:30

My son is desperate to have a pinata at his party in a few weeks, and also wants a treasure hunt for then party bag favours. I've never done a pinata before and I'm not sure whether they normally replace party bags?

RunsWithScissors Tue 11-Jun-13 11:02:23

What if you hide (empty) party bags for them to hunt out, then do the piñata. They can then fill the bags up from the winnings. Maybe keep some of the sweets etc back in a bowl to top up any anyone that doesn't get much?

buildingmycorestrength Tue 11-Jun-13 11:03:41

I suggested this to my son and he looked dubious... grin but thanks! I said I'd find out what people normally do as this has some sway with him.

orderinformation Wed 12-Jun-13 21:27:35

I did normal party bags eg plastic rat but the chocolate was coins I put in the piñata. Treasure could be some of the plastic tat perhaps or something piratey eg an eye patch each?

buildingmycorestrength Thu 13-Jun-13 14:38:44

Thank you. Think he is happy with the idea of 'someone on the internet' suggesting the loot goes in the party bags.

I should probably nip that in the bud, the idea that 'someone on the internet said so' is a good enough reason to do something! blush.

RunsWithScissors Thu 13-Jun-13 14:41:09

Oh good. Best of luck teaching him about the all knowing entities on the Internet grin

orderinformation Thu 13-Jun-13 16:24:47

I meant of course plastic tat not a plastic rat

MothershipG Thu 13-Jun-13 16:30:04

How old is your son? The damn things can be very hard to break, 8 10 yr old girls, at least half of whom do karate, couldn't manage it here!

Also when you finally do bust them there is a complete scrum for the goodies, smaller kids generally get shoved out of the way, end up in tears etc.

My advice: approach with caution and good luck! wink

buildingmycorestrength Thu 13-Jun-13 16:46:05

Think we will make one ourselves from paper marche? Not too thick, hopefully. I hated them when I was his age.

CorrieDale Mon 17-Jun-13 22:04:17

I make ours out of paper mâché. Sometimes I do them with corrugated cardboard if I want it to be very sturdy. I put sweets into it and tell the children what they get each. It's very very stage managed. I don 't do anarchy! It is always hugely popular despite the rules.

buildingmycorestrength Mon 17-Jun-13 22:25:13

Yes, I thought about saying what they need to hunt for ... '1 of these, 1 of these, 1 of these...' etc.

'Rules help control the fun!' - Monica from Friends.

orderinformation Mon 17-Jun-13 23:26:53

Could they hunt for a token with their name on it that they then exchange for a party bag?

CorrieDale Tue 18-Jun-13 08:06:19

I always had a soft spot for Monica! She and I could have bonded over Enjo cloths and the importance of recapping markers...

mignonette Tue 18-Jun-13 08:10:35

I spent my childhood in Mexico and had a Pinata at every occasion. The correct way to do it is to have two people on opposing flat roofs holding onto the line it is suspended from. That way, the line can be swung and dipped making it more of a challenge for older kids and lowered for younger children. It needs to be up high enough for the stick to get a good swing.

I'm not sure how you could do this over here unless you have access to two opposing high points. They really are not as good any other way. Hanging it from a washing line is a poor imitation really.

buildingmycorestrength Wed 19-Jun-13 14:48:52

Ah, most of the kids are about the same height, to be honest. But we could loop a rope over a branch and then raise and lower it like that - good idea.

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