Let a cowboy piñata add the perfect accent to a Western or cowboy celebration!
The right cowboy piñata can add just the right touch to a party or other get-together. You can typically find piñatas shaped like cowboy boots or hats, cows or horses, cacti, and more. For more information about piñatas please scroll down beneath the items for sale.
Below: A horse piñata hanging from a tree.
Image Attribution: By Paul Sapiano from San Diego, USA (Viva Piñata) [CC
( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
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A piñata is a decorated container filled with goodies (candy, party favors, etc.) of some kind. During a party or celebration a piñata is hung a short ways off the ground, and the party guests, usually children, take turns being blindfolded and trying to hit the piñata with a stick or something similar. When someone finally hits the piñata hard enough it breaks open, spilling the goodies inside for everyone to pick up and enjoy.
Hitting a piñata with a stick is the traditional way of breaking it open and is still common today. However, you can also find piñatas that release their goodies by pulling a string: These piñatas have several strings hanging from them and party guests takes turns pulling one string at a time. When the correct string is pulled, the piñata releases its goodies.
Piñatas are typically made of lightweight material that is not too durable so they can be broken open when hit firmly with a stick. Common construction materials include paper mache and cardboard. Piñatas are often made in shapes to accent the theme of the party or celebration they'll be used at. For example, a cowboy or Western-themed party might have a piñata in the shape of a cowboy, a cowboy boot or hat, a horse or bull, etc.
Below: A fancy, highly decorated piñata wearing a sombrero and playing a guitar.
Image Attribution: By AlejandroLinaresGarcia (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 ( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Good Things To Know Before Buying A Piñata
Below are a few good things to know before buying a cowboy piñata.
- How big is the piñata? It can often be difficult to get a perspective on size just from looking at the photos, so be sure to read the description for the size measurements.
- Is the filler (candy, party favors, etc.) included? How about other items, including a stick to hit the pinnate with, or a blind fold? Hint: Usually not, but sometimes extras like these are included if specifically mentioned in the description.
- How much filler will the piñata hold? Sometimes you can make your own estimate by knowing the piñata's size, but if you're in doubt read the description to see if the seller mentions a weight estimate of what it will hold.
- How is the piñata opened to release the filler inside? Traditionally, piñatas have been whacked with a stick to break them open and release the goodies. However, today some piñatas release the items inside by pulling a string: This type has several strings dangling down, which are pulled one-by-one. Most of the strings don't do anything when pulled, but one string will release the goodies.
- How do you hang the piñata? Does it come with a built in loop (or something similar) to hang it, or will you need to improvise your own method?
- Where do you insert the filler? It's handy if the seller mentions whether or not there is a pre-made hole marked with a sticker (or something similar) to indicate where to fill the piñata.
- How soon will the seller ship, and how long will it take before the piñata arrives?
- How much is the shipping? Will the seller ship to your area?
- If you have any questions about a cowboy piñata be sure to ask the seller before you bid or buy.
Below: A moose piñata.
Image Attribution: By PINATA-PARTY.SE (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 ( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
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