Planning a party or event of any sort can either be fun or an absolute nightmare. You start off by picking a theme, making up a guest list, planning the menu, selecting a venue, and many other activities, all while hoping everything works out and comes together smoothly.
People who have the wherewithal and can't deal with all this stress just hire an event or party planner to take care of everything, but even with planners, the host/hostess would still have to be involved in consultations and all. Despite all the stress and hassles involved in having a good event or party, the average person still loves to celebrate at least every once-in-a-while and is therefore willing to deal with the struggle one way or another.
A child’s birthday party may seem like a simpler event to plan than an elaborate wedding, but, despite not needing to break out the fine dining ware and matching champagne flutes
, you do have to ensure that there are loads of fun activities to keep the young ones entertained; from bounce houses
to face painting
, musical chairs to piñatas, there are many fun activities that keep parties lively for everyone involved.
Some adult parties (such as bachelorette parties, bachelor’s eve, office Christmas party, and other informal parties) even benefit from this activity. The innovative treats and keepsakes loaded in a piñata sometimes become the high point of the party. Choosing the right piñata may make or break your party, so you need to pay close attention to some of the issues raised in this review. Please, read on!
Piñatas come in different size, shapes, and designs and are made with different materials. All these aspects and more affect the price of the piñata. During our research, we found piñatas of good quality in the price range of $10 and $25. This is not to say that you cannot find good quality outside this range but we feel that this is a safe and reasonable range.
We saw some cheap piñatas, but they are not featured here because some of them may unravel before your event or would be too difficult to burst due to the kind of materials they are made of. Our goal was to give you a review of products from brands that have proven themselves in the marketplace, whose products always speak for them so you can rest assured that any product you pick from our selection would give you excel value for money.
Piñatas are fun to have in any party or event, but you would not enjoy it to the fullest if it doesn't have the right features. Although a lot of people make the piñatas themselves, it is time consuming and, for some busy individuals, that would be a great constraint. There are many imaginative and beautiful pre-made piñatas that you can choose from to save some time and effort. As you go shopping for a piñata for your next event, here are some features to look out for:
- Size – This would determine how many treats it would contain
- The Weight Capacity – Some piñatas may be big but would not be strong enough to contain your desired quantity or quality of treats
- Ease of Set Up- It should be easy to hang it up without puncturing it
- Contents – What type of treat does it contain?
- Durability – Is it strong enough not to stay together before it is meant to be broken?
- Pliable and Easy to Burst – Should be strong enough not to unravel but easy enough to burst
- Design – Select design that compliments your theme
Let’s see how these would affect the overall performance of the choice you make.
Construction and Design
When shopping for a piñata, you should consider the type of event you want to use it for and the treats you want it to have. There are many theme related designs, and they make it easy for you to find something that would suit your occasion. If it is a children's party, of course, you'll be looking for something such as cartoon characters and storybook figures.
It is not only the design of the piñata that can be theme related, but the contents also can be made to fit with a particular theme. Most children's parties would have candies of all sorts. Adult parties would usually have liquored candies, some whimsical office stationary, or keepsakes. You may want to have something different; this is where you would embark on thorough investigations to be certain of what is contained in the piñata before you buy it.
Though piñatas are supposed to be strong enough that they don’t unravel or come apart under the weight of the treats they carry or during transportation and set up, they are also supposed to be fun to burst. People have had experiences where the fun went out of the game because the piñata was proving too strong to burst. There must be a balance in the texture such that with the right amount of pressure, it can be burst. Although most store piñatas are made of cardboard, you can still get ones from other materials that are strong and durable yet pliable enough to be fun.
Performance and Ease of Use
You would also want to consider the size of the piñata because it would determine how many treats you can have irrespective of what you need for the number of people you are inviting to your event. You may decide to have small sized piñatas with little treats in it (these are usually easier to burst) or large sized ones that would contain more substantial treats (these are usually harder to burst). Smaller sized piñatas are more appropriate for children’s parties because you wouldn’t want to frustrate them with a piñata that would be hard to burst. Seriously, it wouldn't be fun!
Whatever design or size of piñata that you choose, it has to be easy to hang. You don’t want to choose a product that requires additional accessories before you can hang it in a convenient position that participants can easily reach.
The size and weight capacity of a piñata are not the same. Some piñatas may be big in size but not strong enough for the type of treats that you would want it to carry while others may not be as big, but would be sturdy enough to carry substantial treats, so determine the kind of treats desired ahead of time to ensure that the piñata is strong enough to carry the treats without unraveling.
There are many things to consider when picking a piñata. We believe our buying guide has done justice in highlighting these factors, so let’s take a look at individual brand/product reviews to help you pick the best piñata for your event.
Now that you have read our reviews, we hope that you have found the best piñata for your event. Go ahead and place your order (if you haven’t done so already).