How to Fill a Pinata
If you’re in charge of filling a pinata, you probably already know that breaking it apart will be the highlight of the party. Before party guests can crack into a pinata, it needs to be filled up with goodies and treats. Luckily, opening and filling a pinata is simple, so you can have it party-ready in no time.
Preparing Your Pinata for Filling
Look for an opening.If you’ve bought your pinata, it will likely have a small sticker or tab somewhere on the body.This makes opening the pinata much easier. It could be hidden under a flap or other piece, so look carefully!
Open the pinata using the seal.If you’ve found a removable sticker or tab, peel it off. If the seal of the pinata is built in, you should be able to either lift it or push down to open it. Some can be thrown away, while others can be used to reseal the pinata after filling.
Make an opening with a blade if necessary.If your pinata is homemade, did not come with an opening, or won't open for some reason, you’ll have to cut your own. You’ll want to do this near the top of the pinata so the filling doesn’t fall out.
- To cut an opening in the pinata, take a knife, box cutter, or pair of scissors and slice three lines in a U-shape into the pinata to form a small “door.”
Remove anything inside.Some pinatas come pre-stuffed with paper or other filler to help keep their shape. Take out anything that might be inside, and make sure the pinata is totally empty. Now you’re ready to fill it!
Choosing Your Stuffing
Fill it up with candy for an exciting and sugary pop.Candy is the most popular stuffing for a pinata. Seeing all the different colors and flavors burst out is a thrilling moment for everyone! The candies should be individually wrapped so that they won’t get dirty when they fall to the ground.
- If you live in a warm climate, or your party will be during the summer, some candies could melt. Avoid candy that melts easily (such as chocolate or taffy) and go for pixie sticks, lollipops, or gummies instead. Store your pinata in a cool, dry place before the party.
Toss in small toys to encourage play.Toys are another great stuffing choice, and you don’t have to worry about them melting! Party guests can play with them or take them home as party favors. Finger puppets, jumping frogs, plastic animals, bouncy balls are all great kids’ toys to put in a pinata.
- Toys are also a good alternative if you're worried that candy is too unhealthy.
Mix different kinds of stuffing together for variety.If you can’t decide on one kind of stuffing for your pinata, then try combining them! Put candy, toys, decorations, stickers, and anything else in the same pinata. Throwing in all kinds of treats will delight your party guests and make the moment the pinata pops open even more fun.
Match the stuffing to the party’s theme.What’s the party about? Depending on the theme of the party, you could stuff the pinata with dinosaurs, fake eyepatches, clip-on earrings, candy coins, action figures, pencil toppers, toy spiders and more-- the possibilities are endless!
Stuff a pinata appropriately for adult guests.If the pinata is for an adult party, consider stuffing in plastic mini-bottles of alcohol, lottery tickets, gift cards, keychains, or bottle openers.However, since many adults are also kids at heart, candy can be just as exciting!
- If the party will have adults and children, mix in some items for both. Gourmet chocolate squares and temporary tattoos are kid-friendly options adults can enjoy as well.
Stuffing Your Pinata
Fill your pinata by hand.Take handfuls of the candy, toys, or other fillings you’ve chosen and drop them into the pinata. Do this repeatedly until the pinata is full.
- A pinata that's 16 to 28 inches (41 to 71 cm) wide can hold up to 2 pounds (0.91 kg) of filling, while a bigger one can hold about 3 pounds (1.4 kg)
- Depending on the shape of your pinata, there might be thin cavities where treats could get stuck. Stuff these with newspaper before you fill the pinata.
Seal your pinata back up.If your pinata has a replaceable seal, or if you cut a door into the body, close it back up. Cover the opening with clear tape if you’re afraid it may not hold on its own.
- If you want to hide the cuts you’ve made, you can use a comb to brush any crepe paper over top.
Store the pinata if you won't be using it yet.If the party isn’t anytime soon, put the pinata away somewhere you can access when it’s time. You especially want to hide it away if it’s going to be a surprise party!
- If your pinata is homemade and has flour in the mixture, it could potentially become a snack for hungry insects. Seal it inside a big plastic bag and place an insect repellent of your choice around the outside.
Make a hanging hook if you need to.If the pinata you bought or made has no hanging hook, it’s easy to make one. Get a makeshift hook that will hold the pinata, such as one cut from a coat hanger. Cut a small slit in the pinata, slide the hook in, and push it up through the top of the pinata.
- You can use cardboard to reinforce the hook if necessary.
Hang the pinata to a support using a rope.When it’s time for the party, set up the pinata. Slide a rope through the loop or hook on your pinata, tie it, and double-knot it. Tie the other end of the rope to your support of choice, or have an adult hold it.
- Tree branches, wood beams, and clotheslines are some common places to hang a pinata.
- Make sure that the pinata is in a wide open space, and that it’s at a reachable height for the guests of the party (who could be very small!).
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