Born smashing! 

Hi, my name is Phillip and I run Piñatas London. I was born to a Mexican dancer and an English/Scottish mariachi musician. 

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Here I am. Dancing whilst dad plays with his mariachi band (he's the handsome one playing the 'vihuela', third from the left).  

 

 
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And here's mum. She made a name for herself in Mexico city as a traditional mexican dancer for the Ballet Folklorico de Mexico and to cut a long story short, she ended up living in Battersea (before it was known as 'South-Chelsea'). 

Mum and dad met at a party in London. Dad was playing music and mum was dancing. They fell in love and eventually had me. Our family became very integrated into the latin community in the UK. Mum and dad have spent the last 40 years running a small teaching team called 'Mexicolore' and have taught in 100s of schools nationwide running workshops on Mexican history and culture (www.aztecs.org). 

Ok, so the piñata thing. Before piñatas were so popular and well known here in the UK it was very hard to source one unless you were lucky enough to know a Mexican or knew how to make one yourself.

Around 15 years ago I was helping mum make some piñatas for Sprite (the Coca-Cola company) in our basement in Battersea. They were in the shape of the Sprite Goblin.

Mum turned to me and said 'Phillipito, ya no tengo la energía para hacer piñatas. ¿Te interesaría hacerlas? Tal vez podrias hacerte un negocio pequeñito. After all you are an artist!' which basically meant: 'Phill, do you want to take over the piñata business?' I said yes.

 
 Mum has been making piñatas here in London for decades. Check her out here in this cutting in the Times Educational Supplement from 1981 showing mum running a piñata session in a school in Bexley. 

Mum has been making piñatas here in London for decades. Check her out here in this cutting in the Times Educational Supplement from 1981 showing mum running a piñata session in a school in Bexley. 

 
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  Mum and I bagging up those Sprite Goblin piñatas.     

Mum and I bagging up those Sprite Goblin piñatas. 

 

 

Piñatas London is now a stand-alone business with an impressive roster of clients and a library of positive testimonials from happy customers!