First you need a pinata.
It can be any shape, size, or color; store bought or homemade.
(google image)Now you need the candy. You can get any kind of candy to stuff into the crevice of the pinata. If I'm trying to watch my sweet intake, I will get the candy that will pull my fillings out, loosen a crown, chip a tooth and isn't chocolate! (I don't consider Tootsie Rolls to be chocolate) At our last party, I put the candy in individual baggies to prevent the older kids from scooping up the lion's share of the candy and the younger ones from crying because their older sibling, cousin, or grandma got more than them.
You need a rope, twine, or heavy string to hang the pinata from a tree, a swing set, clothes line, etc.
Next, you need someone intimidating to make sure the rules are followed.
If Troy, with a squirt gun, isn't intimidating enough...
...maybe Unca Dave will do.
(Is this the terrorist that Dan wrote about from my plane ride?)
Provide something sturdy for hitting the pinata;
a bowling pin,
or, if the enforcer uses the blindfold to immobilize your arms, use your head!
A blind fold
and a little spinning (recognize Jacob's birthday outfit?)
adds to the fun, especially for those who are watching.
When the body of the pinata is separated from the head and the candy won't come out, because it's in baggies, duct tape it together so the fun can continue.
Some pinatas are subborn and won't give up the candy. That's when the "experts" take over.
Some Kung-Fu kicks,
a surprise attack,
and a break over the knee,
usually does the trick.
C8's face relects what everyone was thinking, "All that work and this is what we got!"
I need to step it up a notch next time! Any suggestions?