Monday Story: Add a Piñata

In our home, parties and piñatas go hand in hand. It doesn’t matter what kind of party it is, a piñata will always enhance the experience. And piñatas are not limited to an age group. Everyone loves to hit things, especially when that thing is filled with candy and trinkets.

Piñatas date back to the 14th century in the traditions of both China and Europe. The Mexican Catholic tradition, originating in the 16th century, used the piñata to show man’s triumph over temptation. The person with the stick is blindfolded to represent faith, and when they beat temptation (the piñata), they are rewarded with the candies and treats inside.

In our home, the piñata isn’t quite that meaningful. We simply enjoy the art of beating something until candy spews out and and everyone bum rushes the ground to fill their goody bags. It’s delightful.

For my mother’s 50th Birthday, and we had a piñata strung up in the tree in my font yard. All the adults, especially the men, loved the competition to see who can deliver the biggest blow to the donkey.


Every year, my daughter picks out a piñata for her birthday party. All her relatives and friends have a blast taking a turn to batter up.



As a whole, humans enjoy a good competition. We like piñatas because it’s a contest to see who can bust it open. That is why I suggest that whenever you hold your next party, add a piñata. It’s good for any occasion.

For example at a Baby Shower, you could fill the piñata with candy pacifiers, rolled baby socks, chocolates, etc. Or at a Wedding/ Bachelorette party, you could stuff the piñata with tea-lite candles, mini-candy bars, fake flower petals, rolled dollar bills, or individual Tea bags.

At your next, dinner party, Kid’s slumber party, Anniversary, whatever…get creative and add a piñata. Your party will become much more memorable. Olé!