It seems my plans for a big party on 11th July have been scuppered. So confident was I that England were going to reach the final (at least) that I had planned a large 'bash' and have actually already purchased several items to help celebrate. That's the last time I have any semblance of faith in English football and I'm actually rather relieved that I have saved face by not writing the invitations as prematurely!
During the Germany game I did, however, have guests (namely my three granddaughters and two of their friends) visiting so I put together a small buffet of English and German finger foods, as I have done for all the England games of this tournament. Afterwards, at around the time of the third goal, it begun to sink in that we weren't going to get anywhere near the final - so I thought I might as well get the Pinata out!
I have bought these before from Partyrama, never this St George version but their Pinatas are always fabulously made and very attractive so I didn't think twice about the £15.99 price tag. There is then the cost of filling the Pinata, I used sweets and treat sized chocolate bars and they worked well. You are advised to at least half fill the Pinata in order for it to become heavy enough to 'burst', this was somewhat overdone for five children but this large 19in Pinata is quite obviously intended for larger gatherings.
When I say this Pinata bursts, that is quite misleading. This is not the traditional type that you beat down with sticks, it has twelve ribbons attached to it. The players take it in turns to pull a ribbon and if they get the lucky one the Pinata will fall open. Cue a bad scramble as the sweets fall to the floor, with the children not far behind them. It works nicely and allows the sweets room to fall fairly tidily, unlike the Pinatas which are hit with sticks and can fan out a few dozen sweets to cover an entire living room floor!
There is a long string attached to the top of the Pinata for you to hang it ready for the children to play with it. Ideally it is supposed to be hung from the ceiling, however Partyrama do not provide a long enough hanging string for this - and this is true of all their Pinatas that I have bought, so please do not let it cloud your judgement about this particular one. I have found the string is ideal for hanging from the door frame in my living room, and this also helps to keep the fallen sweets together thanks to the children fanning out along a smaller area!
I am very impressed with this Pinata, if I had to grumble about anything it would be that the ribbons and foil strings hanging from the Pinata aren't England coloured. They are the traditional bright yellows, blues and reds of a Pinana - but wouldn't it have been wonderful had they made these in red and white to really round off the England theme. The large St George cross in the centre of the Pinata is nicely done, although you cannot really go wrong with two thick dissecting red lines anyway so they don't deserve too much admiration for this.
So, aesthetically the Pinata isn't wonderful. I am the first to admit that, however the fun factor is great enough that I am of the mind to purchase further Pinatas from Partyrama as other designs I have used have been fabulous.
I dare say this review has come slightly late for convincing many of you to purchase this Pinata, perhaps I should post on the German branch of Dooyoo as I'm sure they would relish giving the St George another good beating.