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.