Friday, January 18, 2013


The Personalized Party Piñata

"Let me make a custom piñata for your next birthday party, corporate event, divorce &c. Finest quality papier-mâché piñatas made of any image and filled with treats and surprises of your choice. Popular picks include you, the client, current and ex-lovers, best friends, and all kinds of mammals."
—Among other things, artist Jing Yu can make anything into a piñata, for $250 and up. Her website has more information, as well as interesting videos of her creations in action. Self-piñata?


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I enjoy the idea of a divorce piñata, but $250? Those heads are clearly just made on balloons. Papier-mâché: not that hard!


@iceberg Unless your ex actually had a balloon head, in which case, AUTHENTIC.

A. Louise

@iceberg Making your own divorce piñata seems like an essential part of the divorce piñata recovery process anyway. You could make it out of old receipts, notes, photos, etc. And you could drink a lot of wine while doing it.


@A. Louise

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@iceberg For $250 I want it to cry out in pain and beg for mercy every time I hit it.


@iceberg seriously last night i googled "divorce pinata ideas". I really want to make one but I'm not sure what of. My friend's divorce was very amicable, so something directly related to her ex wouldn't work. I was thinking maybe diamond ring shaped? Or just an 'M' for marriage?

anyone have other ideas?

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@annebee I would not consider any design other than my ex's head. But then, mine wasn't amicable. Well, that's not exactly true...the divorce was amicable, but the reason we split up in the first place was pretty sinister.

My boyfriend just got divorced. I sort of want to make ex-head piñatas for both of us and have our own party where we bash each other's exes, because we each have an intense hate for each other's respective former spouses.


@fondue with cheddar haha that party sounds intense! But pinatas are always fun and frivolous so hopefully that would tone it down. If you put the mini booze bottles in there that would really help things get crazy :) also, can I come?

My friend group has a history of pinata making so I'm VERY into this idea. My best pinata was one made from the body of a christmas deer from Michael's - I chopped the head off previously to make a fake mounted deer head, then later I did a paper mache head and turned it into a lion.

Maybe I should check Michael's for post-christmas deals. Then I can stock pile pinata material!

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@annebee Yes, but first you have to listen to some stories about our exes, so you can feel the rage when you're bashing them. ;)

Your deer piñata sounds great!


Love this...thank you!@k



@funfetti oh my godddddddd that is the cutest thing I have ever seen.


@funfetti Game. Over.


@funfetti Here's something you love! Now bash it for candy! Bash it good!

Theda Baranowski

@funfetti NOES HE'S MY FRIEND.


@funfetti AWWWWW. Tap, tap. Hug.


@funfetti This GIF made my day.

The Lady of Shalott

If ex-lover is not the A-number-one top-of-the-list request, I will absolutely eat my hat.


@The Lady of Shalott
SOME of us are more. . .evolved. [sniffs haughtily]


@purefog What, do you have a mould of his balls to bash with a stick, instead? :-P


Damn it all to HELL! I made a pinata for a friend's birthday party this year, and thought, 'I could turn this into a business' and then didn't. And now she beat me to it.

ps $250 DOES seem steep but by the time you buy the mini-bottles, and condoms, etc to put in the pinata, and spend a bunch of time on construction, it DOES add up, maybe not that much, but pricey.


@Beericle Did you remember to only buy the plastic mini-bottles? Because my friend did not when he made a pinata for his birthday.


@Beericle Yeeah, I'm guessing that most of the money is going towards the labour/time cost, not the materials.


"Let me make a custom piñata for your next birthday party." If there is a day on which I do NOT want to know who is eager to bash my effigy head in, it is my birthday.


@meaux If you ever become a ruthless tyrant, though, you could use it as a test to find out who should be fed to your dragons.

ms. alex

I would like a pinata in the form of my preschool boyfriend who broke my birthday pinata 20 years ago this weekend. I haven't had a pinata since then, and my husband has been talking about how it would be a great idea for the 20th anniversary/my 24th birthday. We'll see if he remembers. (It's okay if he doesn't, I still feel conflicted about pinatas!)


Okay, so in college, I was a member of a community service organization. We'd been given an awful lot of grief by our regional head person, so at our mandated retreat, I figured I'd make a pinata that looked like said head person and it would be cathartic for all of us to take a bat to this dude. I made it out of balloons and inflated condoms. It worked perfectly! Except then I painted it, as it was hanging from the string I'd tied about it's neck, and I realized it looked exactly like we were lynching this person. And that's really not cool. So I repainted it to look like a muppetized version, but still - maybe think twice about stringing someone up and then beating them in effigy? I know of which I speak.


There is a lady on Etsy who makes amazing pinatas. DINOSAUR pinatas. And a bunch of other critters and things for reasonable prices.

So really, what I'm saying is I want a t-rex pinata for my birthday.


I think there are many children who will be very displeased with this one. Pinata is one container to save a lot of sweets when there is a party being held. Coral Gables Real Estate


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