I know they're a lot safer than the smack-it-with-a-bat pinatas from my childhood, but the pull-ribbon ones taking center stage at children's birthday parties these days are still rather boring and anticlimactic, aren't they? If it weren't for the delight on the kids' faces when all the candy and other treats fall to the ground, I wouldn't be able to watch the orderly ribbon-pulling action for very long.
But since I, like all the rest of the adults, are watching, I'd much rather look at something I don't secretly want to see beat up and whacked to bits with a stick. Take this cute 13" cupcake pinata, for example. Since its likeness is something I definitely do not want to see destroyed, I'd happily stand around and take pictures of toddlers waiting in line for their turn to pull a string.
Available for $16 from Amazon.