Part of a pinata's unique charm is that no matter how ornate it is or how much time went into making it, its decorative qualities are entirely temporary. Stuffed with candy and treats, the pinata is meant to be smashed apart, spilling its contents into the hands of the children clustered around it at parties.
Newspaper, cut into 1-by-6-inch strips
Strong white paper (20-pound copy paper works well)
Inexpensive seam binding -- normally used to conceal the seams inside tailored garments -- is all you need to dress up a Mother's Day brunch table. Use coordinating colors of the multipurpose trim to make flirty skirts for a pair of stacked cake stands, and then continue the theme with a free-flowing seam-binding "chandelier."