Let a cowboy pinata add the perfect accent to a Western or cowboy celebration!
The right cowboy pinata can add just the right touch to a party or other get-together. You can typically find pinatas shaped like cowboy boots or hats, cows or horses, cacti, and more. For more information about pinatas please scroll down beneath the items for sale.
Below: A horse pinata hanging from a tree.
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A pnata is a decorated container filled with goodies (candy, party favors, etc.) of some kind. During a party or celebration a pinata is hung a short ways off the ground, and the party guests, usually children, take turns being blindfolded and trying to hit it with a stick or something similar. When someone finally hits the pinata hard enough it breaks open, spilling the goodies inside for everyone to pick up and enjoy.
Below: A fancy, highly decorated cowboy pinata 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
Hitting a pinata with a stick is the traditional way of breaking it open and is still common today. However, you can also find pinatas that release their goodies by pulling a string: These pinatas have several strings hanging from them and party guests takes turns pulling one string at a time. When the correct string is pulled, the pinata releases its goodies.
Pinatas 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. Pinatas 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 pinata in the shape of a cowboy, a cowboy boot or hat, a horse or bull, etc. However, a pinata can come in virtually any shape.
Below: A taco pinata.
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 pinata? 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 pinata 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 pinata 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 pinatas 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 pinata? 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 pinata.
- How soon will the seller ship, and how long will it take before the pinata arrives?
- How much is the shipping? Will the seller ship to your area?
- If you have any questions be sure to ask the seller before you bid or buy.
Below: A horse pinata with a fluffy tail.
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