Ice Cream Sundae Pinata


We are in complete back-to-school mode here. But summer is not officially over. Not yet.

The final day of summer is still a couple weeks away. So I’ve been thinking. We need one more bash to send summer off right.

It recently occurred to me, while I was packing away groceries, that I could fit a pinata

in the freezer.

Of course I immediately got to work on making a pinata. I pulled out my Elmer’s glue, an old Amazon box, and a stack of tissue paper and got to work.

It took me all of a half hour.

We picked out a few ice cream sundaes in a cup. How cool would it be, by the way, to do a grown-up pinata with Hagen Daaz?

And we picked out a few good fixings too to go along with them.  We poured them in Whisker Graphic’s sweet little Bitty Bags.

Now here comes the sneaky part.

We’ll invite a few little friends for homemade cookies.

And of course there will be homemade cookies.

But we’ll also sneak the pinata from the freezer to the tree when no one’s looking. So we get to suprise everyone when the ice cream and fixings come tumbling out.

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Michele @ The Excellent Wife September 1, 2011 at 12:43 pm

Oh man, this is SO clever. LOVE it! Came upon your fun site while searching for homemade hot cocoa on a stick, and am having lots of fun looking around.



Robin September 1, 2011 at 3:35 pm

what a cool idea (pun intended) especially if your Labour Day weekend is a toasty one, like we’re having. :)


KJ@letsgoflyakite September 1, 2011 at 3:50 pm

I think this is the pretties pinata I have ever seen. Almost looks like a rainbow of ric-rac.


AmberLee September 6, 2011 at 7:27 pm

Thanks, KJ! You totally made me feel awesome : )


Monica September 1, 2011 at 5:01 pm

That is absolutely adorable!! I love this idea!!! I hope you have a great end of summer party! :o)


Destri September 1, 2011 at 5:34 pm

So glad I am not the only one that wants to hang onto summer just a little more! Maybe it is because it is just now dipping below 100 here, so I feel like I am just getting summer. I don’t even know what season to call the last three months here in Arkansas…it wouldn’t be a very nice word!
I love your ideas AmberLee, they always make me smile. You’re a happy person and it shows on what you create, wish you were my neighbor!


Amy September 1, 2011 at 7:09 pm

I’m impressed you could make a pinata in a half hour.


Iris September 1, 2011 at 8:08 pm

Genius! Looks great!


Amanda September 3, 2011 at 6:11 pm

I LOVE THIS!!! How did it go hanging it in the tree? Did the ice cream and the goodies inside hold up well?


AmberLee September 6, 2011 at 7:39 pm

Hi Amanda,
The pinata in the tree worked well. Of course, I had a some lighter-duty hitters, no one really gave it a really good bash, but everything came out great. I did put a solid piece of tape over the goodie bags to make sure they stayed closed.


SLS September 4, 2011 at 3:38 pm

What a fantastic idea! I would so love to go to a party with a pinata like yours :)


Kristin | Snip&Scribble September 6, 2011 at 5:49 am

So cute! I love the little zig zag paper bags! :)


shanti September 8, 2011 at 7:26 am

i love you! you never cease to amaze.


partycraftsecrets September 9, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Very clever – I’m more than a little in love with your zig-zag tissue paper!


Jamie @ See You There! September 12, 2011 at 12:56 pm

This is such a cute idea! But does a cardboard box break up easily enough when hit? I feel like it would bend and crumple in but never actually bust open like a traditional paper mache pinata. Please do tell, it will help me with future pinata projects :)


AmberLee September 14, 2011 at 11:05 am

Hi Jamie,
Thanks for the note! Tcardboard box was a little tougher to open, but still doable. In the past we’ve used cereal boxes and they are just right. But sometimes you need to double up or use a Costco-sized box to make it big enough. And, btw, I love that you said “future pinata projects.” What a good thing to look forward to.


Vixie September 18, 2011 at 8:10 am

This is such an awesome idea!

I have blogged it here:

And now I think I’ll go and try to make one myself… :)


Cyndi January 9, 2012 at 2:18 pm

I have a birthday coming up and was wondering how this went for you? Although a cute idea, I’m just concerned that with the box being so difficult to break open, all the hitting would break all the ice cream and snack bags open inside the box! Scary to think of… By the way, I love your blog so much, you inspire me to be more creative and think outside the box!


AmberLee January 12, 2012 at 2:05 pm

Thanks for your sweet note. And happy almost birthday!
The icecream did okay, it was just a tad banged up. I think next time I may try a cereal box. If you try, I’d love to hear how it goes!


Crystal June 27, 2012 at 7:49 am

I just love your comment “It recently occurred to me, while I was packing away groceries, that I could fit a pinata in the freezer”… as if that’s something that a person would ever need to do…. lol
Also, how great would it be if the homemade cookies the little friends were coming over for were these:
My girls last day of school is tomorrow… pretty sure I have a 1st day of summer plan now


AmberLee July 28, 2012 at 9:05 pm

I know I’m way late in responding, but just had to write you and say your comment made my day. Thanks for the sweet note and the link to the 5 de mayo cookies!! Hope your day is great!!


Megan October 17, 2012 at 12:26 pm

How funny! That same part was quoted in my status when I shared this on facebook just now – followed by the next statement about how she immediately began working on one :D
I need friends like you, AmberLee!


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