Last updated on May 25th, 2022
Birthday pinata is always associated with children’s parties. And yes, they’re great for kids’ birthday parties because they bring so much joy to a special day. But why should we let the kids have all the fun? In this post, we’ll be taking you through the 10 best birthday pinatas that are sure to make any occasion really special! But before we get into the products, we thought we’d give you a little rundown of the history of pinatas so you can see why these birthday essentials are not just for the kids!
The History Of The Pinata
So many of us associate pinatas with Mexico, but did you know they might actually have originated in China? Many believe that Marco Polo brought back the idea of pinatas from watching Chinese celebrations of the lunar new year in the 13th/14th century. Back then, people would fill figures of cows and buffalos with seeds and parade them through villages. Onlookers would throw things at them to make them crack open because having seeds fall over your land was a sign of prosperity and good luck for the year ahead.
The idea travelled back to Spain with Marco Polo in the 14th century, where they filled pignatas (meaning ‘fragile pots’) with treats and special objects to celebrate Christian festivals such as Lent. Eventually pignatas were renamed pinatas and the rest, as they say, is history.
Today, we don’t associate pinatas with religious festivals as we did back then, and instead use pinatas stuffed with candy and sweets to celebrate birthdays and other special events. In Mexico, pinatas are more common than anywhere else in the world, because they use them to celebrate birthdays and Cinco De Mayo too – hence why most of us forgot China was doing it first…
Why You Should Have A Pinata No Matter Your Age
Now you know why we use pinatas to begin with, you might wonder why you should have one at your next birthday party. And besides the fact that they’re so much fun (for kids and big kids alike) they’re also a traditional way of celebrating a special occasion, and what’s more special than your birthday?
No matter your age, we have some great birthday pinata ideas for you to look at below. We have some for the kids, some for the grown-ups, some for the girls, and some for the boys. Basically, we have it all – your only job is deciding which of these amazing 10 birthday pinatas is right for you!
1. Unicorn Pinata
Want to add a touch of magic to your birthday celebrations? Whites, pinks, yellows, and blues mix together in an explosion of magical colours to create the perfect unicorn pinata for any birthday party with this first option!
2. Donkey Pinata
Hee-haw! Did somebody call for a brightly coloured donkey pinata? Don’t worry, we have that covered too! This is a great alternative to the unicorn option above because it’s a little more suited to boys, but it still has all the whacky brightness that we love pinatas for!
3. Rainbow Pinata
There might not be a pot of gold at the end of this rainbow pinata, but we guarantee there will be a HUGE selection of sweats and treats if you can break your way inside! This rainbow pinata is bright and frilly and so much fun – everything a pinata should be!
4. Princess Pinata
Sparkle like a birthday princess with this amazing princess tiara birthday pinata! This will enchant the birthday girl and all her royal subjects (read: birthday guests) with its bright colours and shimmering shine!
5. Dinosaur Pinata
ROAR! Want to have a roar-ing good time at a birthday party? This dinosaur pinata is the perfect thing to turn even the most calm parties into a wild jungle party fit for a little boy who loves all things dinosaurs!
6. Girl’s Action Hero Party Pinata
Girl power! Why should the boys have all the fun? This girl’s action hero birthday pinata is amazing, and every hit of the pinata will make any little girl feel like a superhero. In fact, even if you’re a grown woman you can still have a lot of fun with this one. All you need to decide is which superhero you’re going to be for the party! Black Widow? Captain Marvel? Batwoman? It’s all up to you, but this pinata will complete the night!
7. 1st Birthday Pinata
We can almost hear the collective ‘awwww’ from every one of our readers right now. And rightly so. This adorable first birthday pinata is perfect for any little girl as she celebrates her special day!
8. Gold Foil Pinata For 60th Birthday
What do they say? 60 is the new 6? Maybe not quite that young, but you should still have a great time at your birthday party even if you’re celebrating your 60th. And what better way is there to celebrate than with a 60th birthday pinata? It works great for those who want to feel like a kid again, but it also works for those who just want to take out their frustrations on the number 60. Don’t worry, your guests won’t be able to tell why you’re hitting that pinata so hard…
9. Large Mexican Star Pinata
Salud! If you’re having a pinata at your birthday party, you might as well go for something traditionally Mexican, right? This large Mexican star is bright, intricate, and beautiful to look at. It’s basically a work of art… but it’s a whole lot of fun to beat with a pinata stick too! You can use this pinata no matter your age as well, so it’s perfect for everybody. What’s not to love?
10. LOL Surprise Pinata
SURPRISE! Now this LOL pinata might not have one of those surprise LOL dolls inside, but we guarantee your little girl will love the candy inside this surprise package just as much! Any little girl will feel like she can ‘slay all day’ with this pinata!