Friday, March 26, 2010

Wedding Pinatas


As excited as we are for a wedding pinata, I have to admit, I haven't been able to quite picture it.  I mean, I can picture where it fits in the day (after cocktail hour as a way to "introduce" the reception). I can picture the instrument of destruction (either a bat or a wooden broom. From personal experience, I would stay away from standard "metal" broom handles as they break exceedingly easily).  And I can picture the fun upon breaking it open and having 60 crazed 20- and 30-somethings descend upon the mini-liquor bottles and candy (yes, I assure you they'll be plastic bottles.) However, I can't quite picture a donkey pinata at our wedding.

Unfortunately, I haven't seen many pinatas that I can picture at our wedding. Not that I've been looking for wedding pinatas (oh goodness, what would that look like anyhow? I'd hope it would be as innocuous as a white bell or two, but I have horror-story visions of bridezilla bride and dragged-to-the-altar groom caricature pinatas that the opposite partner goes at with gusto.)

UPDATE: reader Margaret figured out exactly what a bride and groom pinata would look like and see? It's just one big paper mache horror of No.


So I really I don't know where to start pinata shopping for the wedding. We were sorely disappointed in December by rumors of a supposed pinata district in downtown Los Angeles (I really should learn that Yelp is not to be trusted) and we ended up in a seafood warehouse area instead.  However, in wandering the bodegas and indoor labyrinthine markets closer to the toy district (which is not just a rumor) we managed to find tons of pinatas.

Although we weren't expecting a properly themed Chrisma-Hannu-Gradulations-Housewarming Party pinata, we weren't really able to find something basic either.  Everything was plastered in superhero or girly cartoon images. We would have been thrilled to find a basic donkey. Instead, we ended up with this:

Ignore the ugliness of the garage, since really, it's just a garage. We had no where else to hang a pinata.

In case you can't quite tell, it's covered in Happy Birthday Pokemon images. But at least it was blue and gold, which felt fitting for a Hanukkah-esque celebration. For a wedding, however, I'm not sure wedding-esque will quite do the trick.  Especially if we don't have colors to kinda match it to. 

Instead, I think we might have to go for something like this:


Minus the pink, YES YES YES. And inclusive of the DIY paper project, YES YES YES (you have to cover a soccer ball pinata in pink floppy paper to achieve this pinata look, which seems entirely manageable, even for me, and far preferable to Pokemon or trying to find this elusive pinata district.) In fact, I think this pinata is awesome enough to become a faux wedding "trend" and DIY craze over the next year. In fact, this pinata is actually the complete epitome of indie wedding ridiculousness and will have to become a trend because lantern-type charm + DIY paper project + candy buffet replacement + no worries about cash bar with mini-booze bottles + great photo op smashing = total wedding trend.

That would be one "trend" I could totally get behind. Yes, indeed.

27 comments:

  1. Yes. A wedding pinata is an amazing idea and I LOVE the DIY pink petal one (even in pink)! Awesome! And yes- the pinata district is totally illusive- I lived downtown for years and I shop downtown for work all the time and once, only once, did I get myself turned around enough to end up on pinata row. I don't think I could find it again, lol and I think you have a point that the pinatas are more likely to be pokemon/superhero/princess than super chic wedding. I can't wait to see pics of your wedding pinata in action! :)

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  2. We got our white and yellow star pinata at evil Wal-Mart. It was $14. But I think making one could be the best way to get exactly what you want on the cheap(ish?)

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  3. I don't know about a pinata district, but I drove down Central Ave everyday to work and there were lots of pinatas along the way. (Between 4th Street and the 10 freeway).
    Also, what about Confetti System's pinata? Expensive, but could make your own.
    I love the weeding pinata idea too!

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  4. YES. I am fully willing to help get this trend-baby born.* Not going to lie, I love getting all goopy with paper mache.
    There's a pinata covered in book pages at oh, hello friend. I might mix that with the old maps we have leftover from invitations... hmmm... combining trends! Oh boy. This could be way too much fun.

    By the way, does it strike anyone else as amusing that practically no one at the wedding will know that these are trends? But yet, we still tend to obsess about being unique? I've found that having a partner who is hugely involved in the wedding but knows nothing of wedding blogs is the best test of what reflects us or not, no matter how trendy it may be. So, we're having beer in a canoe, we're having bunting (and munting), but we're not writing our own vows, we're not doing a lot of other things that are beautiful and wonderful... we're just doing what's us, and he does such a good job of keeping me on that track.

    Sorry to basically write an entire blog post in the comments, but you just got me thinkin' ;)

    *Also, sorry for the awkward metaphor. I've been thinking/reading a lot about becoming a doula lately. That must have something to do with it.

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  5. Ooh! That one's cute and do-able. I almost gave up on the pinata because all the "wedding" ones were hideous (http://www.pinatas.com/v/vspfiles/photos/pl505-2t.jpg someone really didn't think that through), and Dora the Explorer or Elmo didn't make much sense, either. I decided to go with a round, "decorate your own" w/streamers we found at a party supply store.

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  6. So does that mean you are going to DIY your own? It shouldn't be too hard...little kids make them all the time right?

    And the pink pinata is really, really cute. Just make sure you don't stretch yourself too thin, dear.

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  7. Oh my...what a totally cool looking pinata!!! I totally mimic you: YES YES YES!!!

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  8. OK. I totally want a pinata at the wedding now. This is something I never considered before, at all. It is now permanently embedded in my head. Oh dear yes.

    One thing I'm wondering about: have you thought of how you're going to organize who gets to hit the pinata? I mean, I'm assuming that you and J will take swings, but are you planning on letting guests take a crack at it as well? If so, does anyone in particular gets the honor?

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  9. @lyn - Ha. This is how trends begin. And the I hadn't considered the order-of-hitting. Hmm. We are planning to take swings first as a way to open the reception. After that, we'll need to discuss. At least this discussion will be more fun than rentals.

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  10. I love this idea! Mr. Milk mentioned it once and then we forgot about it! I think you are right, you have just started a new trend!

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  11. @lyn - I'm still puzzling over who gets a whack at it and in what order.

    I found this at 2000 Wedding: http://2000dollarwedding.com/2009/11/guest-post-wedding-pinata.html

    But we're not having assigned seating... and I'd like the kids to get a chance before some adult busts it open. If anyone has other ideas on this, please share!

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  12. @Margaret: I like the kids first idea (one hit each) which you can discuss with their parents ahead of time. Then, you could do a "raffle" maybe, with all interested parties dropping their name into a box and you pull it out and they get a hit too? I'd go for an opt-in approach since we have a few guests who are mobility challenged and I can picture some awkwardness if their names got pulled from an all-in raffle.

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  13. Oooh, me likey! Archived idea for the bro's wedding.

    Here was another idea I thought about too (was not down with use of sheet music, but the possibilities are there, like a lovely textured paper or pattern).
    http://ruffledblog.com/2010/02/diy-love-notes-pinata/

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  14. I saw a wedding cake pinata in the NY Times awhile back, and posted it here
    http://onebarefootbride.blogspot.com/2009/06/fun-wedding-cake.html

    a little sleuthing helped me track one down here
    http://onebarefootbride.blogspot.com/2009/06/blindfolded-and-dizzy.html

    A much as I was in love with the pinata idea and the fun mayhem it would create, it was one of those details that got removed from the list in the final pre-wedding weeks, in part because our venue wouldn't let us hang anything from the ceiling. I was hoping to have kids bash the pinata to open the dance floor... I hope you do it!

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  15. That pink pinata's adorable! And will be adorable in whatever color you choose, but loving the idea!

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  16. I'm so happy. Every year I pick a wedding trend as a goal for myself to WILL into popularity... and last January I picked the Pinata. WACK!

    This years trend is still secret... BUT IT'S COMING!

    We had a donkey. Still have the head. I do not DIY pinatas. Nope. Not on my resume.

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  17. PS
    You should try the secret trend game. Very fun.

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  18. You guys! The Pinata rules are pretty much infallable, once the pinata is put into action. First hits go to the littlest, next to the next littlest. Once you get out of cutesville they pretty much insist that the bride and groom do the honors.

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  19. @Meg - if you could only get a Pokemon pinata, you *might* consider DIY at a 6 months out craft party too. Maybe. And if it doesn't happen, oh effing well. :)

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  20. If this is a trend, it sure craps all over that paper lantern trend!

    I would suggest looking at Confetti System for inspiration. Theirs are so pretty.

    But otherwise I'd go with a Dora The Explorer one, maybe just cause I had a Dora pinata at my mexican hen's night (bachelorette party)!!!

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  21. I still say rock the donkey!

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  22. i have never seen such a gorgeous pinata! do it! do it! also who cares if its a trend? it rules

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  23. I love this idea, and who cares that it's a trend (I've never seen it so I'm calling you a trend setter on this one). It's so chic and fun looking!

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  24. There is a store called, appropriately, La Pinata on Lincoln Blvd in Venice. They do custom pinatas and are not crazy expensive. You can show them pictures and they will make one for you and you can 'stuff' it yourself (they leave it open and show you how to close it up). I took in a picture of someone for a party once and they made a pinata that looked like him for me for about $40.

    They also have about a gazillion other pinatas to chose from if you want to just look around.

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  25. Can you imagine getting people to beat sweets out of your own effigy?

    Hells yeah for the secret trends!

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  26. Oh my! I've never even thought of a wedding pinata! (I have so much to learn still!) I was looking at the first couple of pics thinking uggh but then I got to the pinky flowery one and thought ooooh... Just goes to show how fickle I am ;)

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