October 24, 2011

Halloween Pumpkin Carving Party


LED Jack O' Lantern, on Amazon

THEME:

Invite four or five friends over for dinner and an evening of festive pumpkin carving.

ACTIVITY:

Encourage guests to dress casual, as they might get scooped pumpkin guts all over their clothing. Provide aprons if possible. Guests should bring their own chosen pumpkins, but you should have a couple extras on hand just in case.

Provide the carving tools, stencils and patterns so your guests will have everything they need to work. Also have a few tealight candles on hand to light the pumpkins temporarily for show.

At the end of the night, photograph each guest with their lit pumpkin.

PARTY INSPIRATION:


Jeweled Pumpkins DIY Craft, at Glorious Treats

DECORATIONS:


Mosaic Pumpkin Candleholders, at Pier 1 Imports

MUSIC:


Zombified Halloween Beats CD, on Amazon


Monster Mix, by Mannheim Steamroller, on Amazon

APPETIZERS:


Cheesy Jack O' Lantern, from Kraft Recipes


Savory Pumpkin Puffs, at Martha Stewart


Yummy Mummy Spinach Dip, from Kraft Recipes

BEVERAGES:


Apple Cider Cocktail Recipe, from Williams-Sonoma


Vampire Sangria, from Kraft Recipes


Jack O' Lantern Cocktail, at Not Just a Mommy

ENTREES:


Black and Orange Halloween Pasta Recipe, from YumSugar

DESSERTS:


Moonstruck Chocolate Milk Pumpkin Truffles, on Amazon


Pumpkin Cookie Balls, from Kraft Recipes


Fondant Jack-o-Lanterns, from The Decorated Cookie Blog


Jack O'Lantern Tarts Recipe, from Martha Stewart


Great Pumpkin Cake, at Kitchen Daily


Jack-o-Lantern Cake, from Taste and Tell

BOOKS FOR PARTY PLANNING:


Halloween Pumpkins and Parties Book, on Amazon


Extreme Pumpkins, on Amazon

RELATED LINKS:

5 Tips to Throw an Awesome Halloween Party (Crazy Adventures in Parenting)

40 Pumpkin Carving Ideas (Country Living)

Free Halloween Pumpkin Carving Stencils (About.com)

How to Select a Pumpkin (Very Best Baking)

Pumpkin Carving Party Menu (Apples and Onions)


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