Original Pinner: I have to say, in all false humility, I have put a fab new spin on a pinata. Single balloons filled with confetti and a few toys and candies. Each child chose one to pop with a pin. Each time was a surprise, and we avoided the crotch-seeking sticks and the cranium-crushing, dog-piles of children diving in at once to retrieve prizes. The balloons didn't always pop on the first try, so when one eventually did, it was followed by squeals of surprise and a shower of confetti.
I saw something like this at a university gathering where they served tea and "melted snowman". The water dispenser was clear like this one and labeled "Melted Snowman" but the carrot and maybe black buttons were inside the dispenser. Very clever!