what should I put in this fathers day pinata?
June 16, 2016 4:39 PM   Subscribe

Going to a cookout on Sunday and I'm gonna have all the dads wreck this cheap pinata I got my hands on. Looking for ideas on what to put inside (besides beef jerky and corn nuts, obviously). Doesn't necessarily have to be editable, feel free to be ridiculous
posted by katerschluck to Grab Bag (38 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
 
Small (plastic!) airline bottles of whiskey?
posted by Itaxpica at 4:43 PM on June 16, 2016 [12 favorites]


Condoms, obviously
posted by saucysault at 4:49 PM on June 16, 2016 [9 favorites]


pens? tiny flashlights? tiny tape measures?
posted by fingersandtoes at 4:52 PM on June 16, 2016 [2 favorites]


Cigars, dollar coins, super balls, Viagra.
posted by box at 4:52 PM on June 16, 2016 [2 favorites]


Gatorade powder packets. Batteries. If they're all of a similar size, a men's thong stuffed in a plastic egg or such for one very special winner.
posted by teremala at 4:59 PM on June 16, 2016


Earplugs, single doses of aspirin or ibuprofen, dad jokes written out on card stock, ONE item with "World's Best Dad" written on it.
posted by Jaclyn at 5:00 PM on June 16, 2016 [10 favorites]


I have put mini liquor bottles in a piñata and it was a huge hit.
posted by mskyle at 5:01 PM on June 16, 2016 [3 favorites]


Lottery tickets.
posted by juliplease at 5:05 PM on June 16, 2016 [2 favorites]


Tickets to a game?
posted by bluesky78987 at 5:10 PM on June 16, 2016


Ties. All the ties.
posted by isauteikisa at 5:11 PM on June 16, 2016 [3 favorites]


Decommissioned remote controls? Gold toe black socks? Rogaine? A golf ball?
posted by Elly Vortex at 5:38 PM on June 16, 2016 [1 favorite]


a few 5$ Gift certs to home depot.
posted by ReluctantViking at 6:01 PM on June 16, 2016 [2 favorites]


Hot Wheels
posted by brujita at 6:03 PM on June 16, 2016 [4 favorites]


So-co and cuervo nips.
posted by jenkinsEar at 6:14 PM on June 16, 2016


Guitar picks, mini hot sauce bottles, booze, Tide stain sticks, travel size meds like Aspirin and pepto, band aids. I would go to Cost Plus World Market and check out the small snack aisle. They have tons of novelty snacks or small size portions of things. You can find lots of sausages wrapped individually, for example. A piñata with jerky, booze and sausages sounds about right.
posted by areaperson at 6:42 PM on June 16, 2016 [7 favorites]


Travel sewing/mending kits.
Mini first aid kit.
Puncture (bike) mending kits.
Small packets of tissues and baby wipes.
Clothes pegs.
Sample packets of clothes detergent.
Sunscreen.
Insect repellent.
Tweezers and a magnifying glass. (Splinters, yo!)
Temporary tattoos.
Tampons.
Stationary -various.
(Let's not be sexist, binary or cis normative folks!)
posted by taff at 6:43 PM on June 16, 2016 [3 favorites]


Double bubble bubble gum
Candy cigarettes
Golf tees
Guitar pics
Glow sticks
Cable holders
Phone charge cords
Silly putty
Deck cards
Travel games
Travel sized toiletries
Dumb jokes
Coupon cards (good for one bj etc)
Fancy mustards (maybe photocopy label and put that in, and give out the heavy stuff later)
posted by Ftsqg at 6:51 PM on June 16, 2016 [1 favorite]


candy! do dads not like candy or something?
posted by cristinacristinacristina at 6:55 PM on June 16, 2016 [8 favorites]


I would try to find a hundred tiny little pinatas and put those in the pinata, but that may just be me being weird.
posted by xingcat at 7:09 PM on June 16, 2016 [17 favorites]


SPIDERS
posted by wenestvedt at 7:39 PM on June 16, 2016 [11 favorites]


(Just kidding: actually, tiny bottles of booze, plus some baseball cards and some LED headlamps and flashlights.)
posted by wenestvedt at 7:41 PM on June 16, 2016 [2 favorites]


Oh, if you do put in liquor make sure it's this. Or maybe this.
posted by Itaxpica at 8:01 PM on June 16, 2016 [2 favorites]


Burritos!
posted by Thorzdad at 8:12 PM on June 16, 2016 [1 favorite]


Raw steaks
posted by Kabanos at 8:13 PM on June 16, 2016 [2 favorites]


Pistachios! Sunflower seeds!
posted by bibliogrrl at 9:01 PM on June 16, 2016


You can go to Cost Plus and get little sample size shelf-stable things like sausage, cheese, coffee grounds, maple syrup, chocolates, condiments, etc.
posted by JenMarie at 9:01 PM on June 16, 2016


raw meat and bees
posted by poffin boffin at 9:49 PM on June 16, 2016 [7 favorites]


Fill it full of slips of paper with different household duties written on them. Mow the lawn, clean the gutters, weed the garden. And then make them do all those things.
posted by Foam Pants at 10:03 PM on June 16, 2016 [2 favorites]


The mini liquor bottles are a hit (heh) but when we did it probably 75% of them got broken in the process. YMMV.
posted by sacrifix at 11:15 PM on June 16, 2016 [1 favorite]


If you do booze, get plastic minis - ask me how I know.
posted by samthemander at 11:39 PM on June 16, 2016 [6 favorites]


Packets of Sugru
posted by EndsOfInvention at 1:15 AM on June 17, 2016 [2 favorites]


Kazoos & dice
posted by speakeasy at 5:07 AM on June 17, 2016 [1 favorite]


Ooh and firecrackers!
posted by speakeasy at 5:44 AM on June 17, 2016 [1 favorite]


Be aware that adults hit a hell of a lot harder than kids, which usually means the piñata doesn't last as long and the contents get pretty smashed up. Because of this, I'd be really careful of any liquids or breakable items without serious padding, but that may limit how much stuff you can cram in. It might work better to have some kind of indestructible tokens inside that people can then trade in at a prize table for cool swag.
posted by Diagonalize at 6:49 AM on June 17, 2016


Last time we did a booze pinata, a bunch of people got vodka in their eyes. If you're going that route, institute a much wider berth than normal.

Also, poker chips.
posted by galvanized unicorn at 6:56 AM on June 17, 2016


Glow sticks
Sparklers
Cool cigarette lighter
Leatherman tool (wrapped in bubble wrap in case it goes flying)
Nail clippers
Hair pomade (Lay-Rite brand is great)
Socks
Ball
Pet treats
Stick-on Mustaches
Funny Spock ears
Chapstick
Keychain
Retro 80s candy
Cassette tape
Buttons (ie, pins for your jean jacket)
iTunes gift card
Nose hair trimmers (don't laugh, they make life better)
posted by pseudostrabismus at 7:34 AM on June 17, 2016


To make the game last longer, give them a terrible bat- like a wiffle, or a tennis racket with pool noodle along the edge or a bat wrapped in padding or pool noodles. And hang the piñata on a very long rope so it has lots of swing to help it absorb impact. A short rope and a wooden bat is just asking for a quick bash and a short game!

Oh! Or give them boxing gloves and make them
punch it (blindfolded, single punch, maybe with non dominant hand), that would be funny!
posted by pseudostrabismus at 7:38 AM on June 17, 2016 [4 favorites]


For my 40th, my pinata was filled with whiskey and meat (in the form of Jack Daniel's miniatures and small packets of beef jerkey).

It was a big hit. However, be aware that tiny whiskey bottles weight a LOT more than candy, so you can't fill the pinata up as much without risking its structural integrity.
posted by uberchet at 8:15 AM on June 17, 2016


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