A last minute decision to gather friends and host a Pumpkin Carving Party turned out to be a very fun decision. I know I say it a lot, but October is such a busy month for us, we were in Iceland earlier in the month. Then when we got back we were full on into FALL mode. Gathering supplies to make the kids costumes, decorating the house and front porch with pumpkins and what not, and then helping out the kids’ school with various activities like movie night and fundraisers.
We’ve hosted several pumpkin carving parties in the past and they have always been fun and gone smoothly. The key is to have the right number and mix of friends gather. I think too large of a party doesn’t give you as the host a chance to connect with each guests and enjoy the festivities that you have so thoughtfully prepared. Okay this may be after the fact but you can always book mark it for next year, but I wanted to share my 5 stress-free tips to hosting a pumpkin carving party.
Guest list: We like our parties small and intimate. I started by inviting a few families via text or email, that way it’s more personal and you get a response pretty much right away. Which makes planning the event way easier especially if you only gave yourself a week.
Decorations: I like to be festive and try to decorate accordingly, but I will not break the budget to do so. Not breaking the budget means buying a few things that add to the over all feel of the party theme. I did $3 witches’ hats from the Target bargain bin, strung them up in the deck area. Another item I purchased were $1 paper pumpkin garlands from Target as well and those were pretty much my only party decorations.
Food: This one is a biggie for me. Whether we cater or make it ourselves, it has to be good. Traditionally for our previous pumpkin carving parties we made a big pot of Gumbo. It’s a crowd favorite and a hearty one pot meal. Having a hearty soup is a good way to go. You can make it before hand and just heat it up the day of. That way you don’t have to tend to it and the weather this time of year just lends itself to something soulful and warm. The kids had mac and cheese and we bought some fried chicken and rolls. We also went with boxed cupcakes and decorated it Halloween-ish. There were also plenty of candy, kettle corn, and cookies.
Activity: It’s a pumpkin carving party so pumpkin carving was the main and only activity. We supplied the tools, which we have been accumulating over the years. Guests were also informed to BYO Pumpkin. We had a few on hand in case guests forgot to bring one. Everyone was really working hard and getting into carving their pumpkins.
Lastly pour yourself a drink of your choice, stream your favorite tunes, relax and enjoy your time with your family and friends. Hopefully these pointers will help you plan next year’s pumpkin carving party.
We always love an excuse to have friends with kids come over. The kids are happy because they get to play with other little kids and the adults are happy because the kids are busy entertaining each other, while we get to chat, drink a beer and relax a bit. For me the main reason for hosting events like this one is all about creating memories. I want my kiddos to grow up knowing the feeling of having gatherings centered around the holidays or special occasions with good people. I want to them to know how to make those deep long lasting connections and to spread warmth and joy to everyone we welcome to our home.