15 Adult Piñata Ideas to Elevate Your Next Gathering

updated Sep 1, 2023
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Piñatas are typically associated with children, and the sight of candy scattering can certainly make them come running. But we think they’re for more than just kids. Even if your party is adults only, that’s no reason not to blindfold people and watch them whack things with a bat. An adult piñata is also a fairly easy way to add something unexpected if you’re looking for adult party ideas.

There are lots of styles of piñatas available, from the familiar donkey and star of Bethlehem to recognizable characters like Spiderman and Disney princesses. But if you’re going to get a piñata for an adult get-together, we like something that feels familiar but still fun. You’re about to smash a piñata, after all — best not to be too serious.

While bachelorette parties are certainly full of “adult piñatas” of a certain kind, we also think adult piñatas can be a bit more elevated. Rather than smashing something shaped like a body part filled with plastic novelty items, we’re suggesting grown-up fare that your guests will love. We are stealing the inclusion of nips of booze, though. Some ideas are too good to leave behind. Here are the rest of our suggestions:

1. Starbucks Cards

A gratis cup of coffee is always a crowd pleaser, making this a safe choice that everyone will be happy with.

2. Stick-on Nails

You can’t go wrong with tiny boxes of pre-painted stick-on nails. It’s the quickest way to a clean, chip-free mani. Who wouldn’t want that? Check Amazon for tons of different colors and styles.

3. Water Bottle Stickers

For a cheap adult piñata filler that’s sure to please, purchase one of those bulk packs of water bottle stickers from Etsy. Make ’em naughty or inspirational. Your choice.

4. Fortune Cookies

Buy them individually wrapped in a bulk package and let the fun times roll!

5. Hair Ties

We’re always misplacing our hair ties, amiright? Snag a set of scrunchies or any other hair tie as a filler for an adult piñata that just about anyone can use.

6. Wine Gummies

They’re like gummy bears, only for adults. Okay, they actually are gummy bears, but flavored like your gals’ favorite wine and dusted with sugar. Clearly, it’s a win-win here.

7. Gas Cards

Toss in a $10 gift card for gas and watch the frenzy begin. After all, with gas prices the way they are today, anyone would “jump” at the chance to snag some for free.

8. Childish Toys/Treats

Never underestimate the power of a candy necklace, ring pop, plastic dinosaur or glow bracelet.

9. Plastic Mini Bottles

Baby bottles of booze raining from the sky? There aren’t many who will pass on that.

10. Bottle Openers

Even though many have a bottle opener on their keychain, you always need another, plus they’re inexpensive and readily available.

11. Guitar Picks

Depending on your crowd, guitar picks are a great and inexpensive thing to add, and they come in all sorts of colors (for those concerned with coordinating such things).

12. Movie Tickets

Like the gift card above, movie passes are worth throwing yourself on the ground for. It makes seeing all the latest Marvel movies a not-so-expensive reality.

13. Lottery Tickets

Picking up 20 lottery tickets isn’t too expensive if you stick with scratch-offs, and there’s even the chance you’ll make money back on the deal!

14. Gum/Mints

There aren’t many who will say no to a pack of gum or mints, especially when they don’t have to choose what kind to buy. Try bulk retailers for the best deals.

15. Tea Bags

Many varieties of tea come individually packaged and can be used as filler without risking the tea being ruined.

16. Decks of Cards

They’re a great way to start a party and keep one going, plus they last forever and will bring back a great memory each time the recipient brings them back out.

Do you have a good idea to add to the list? Sound off in the comments below!

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