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How to throw your own pumpkin carving party!
Anyone can do it!
This year we had 26 (and counting) pumpkins come out of our garden. While wondering how I was going to get all of them carved, I came up with a great idea. We'll throw a pumpkin carving party! This way we can spread the joy (and the work) with all of our friends.
Since this was a last minute idea, I thought it would be hard to organize. But here it is, a week until the party, and I'm just about done!
Have you ever thrown a pumpkin carving party?
I would suggest 1-2 pumpkins per person. If you don't grow your own and you don't want to supply them, ask everyone to bring their own.
In order to ensure fairness in choosing pumpkins, we were going to number the pumpkins and then have everyone draw numbers out of a hat. But shortly after inviting everyone, names started appearing on the pumpkins lining our steps. Apparently, our friends had been sneaking over and choosing their own pumpkins! Right now, there are only 7 unclaimed.
You don't have to actually go out and buy a kit for everyone. You can ask people to bring their own supplies. Or you can just supply some knives and spoons.
And if you think outside the box, carving a pumpkin doesn't have to mean using knives. You can use a dremel. You can use power tools. We're even trying to figure out how to incorporate my husbands blow gun into our pumpkin carving fun.
One thing you want to have is a good selection of patterns. You can either buy a couple books or go online and download some free ones.
For a party to be success, it has to have fun games. Both adult and kids games. Here's what we're doing:
- Paint targets on a couple of the pumpkins and use the hubby's blow gun to shoot them.
- Make firework bombs and blow up a couple of the uglier pumpkins (Come on, who doesn't want to see a pumpkin blow up?)
- Pin the face on the pumpkin. The kids are going to pin 2 eyes, a nose, and a mouth on a pumpkin while blindfolded.
- Make halloween decorations. We're going to teach them how to make ghosts out of tootsie pops and hankies.
- Balloon popping! We're going to put some candy in some balloons and then blow them up. Then the kids have to pop them without using their hands or feet. (This was so much fun at my sons birthday party!)
If you don't want to do all the work of setting up games yourself, you can just buy a couple Halloween themed games.
You'll also need a couple other things.
- Newspaper to keep the carving mess to a minimum.
- Big bowls to hold the guts!
- Prizes for the winners of the games.
- Grocery bags offer an easy way for guests to take their pumpkin home without fear of making a mess in their cars.
- A camera to take pictures of all the awesome pumpkins!
Pumpkin Seed Recipe
Since you'll have a bunch of seeds left from all the carving, why not roast them? Here's an easy recipe.
- Rinse off your seeds, making sure to get all the pulp off them.
- Soak them in strong salt water (1/4 cup salt for every 2 cups water) for about 12 hours.
- Drain them and lay out on cookie sheet to dry for 1-2 days.
- Line cookie sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray. Toss seeds with a bit of oil and salt. Then spread out on cookie sheet.
- Bake in oven preheated to 250 degrees, tossing every 20 minutes. It should take about an hour.
- Let seeds cool and then store in airtight container for up to 3 months.
Pumpkins we've carvedClick thumbnail to view full-size
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