Pumpkin Carving Party
I like to carve pumpkins for Halloween—so much so, that when my kids were younger, I’d let all three of them carve their own pumpkins and then I’d buy an extra one for myself so that I could carve my own. That’s four pumpkins-worth of slimy, stringy, orange-y goop getting flung around my kitchen. I’ve always thought that if you’re going to make a mess, you might as well go all the way.
But that’s nothing. One of my team members here at Pear Tree has a neighbor who throws a pumpkin carving party every year for the whole neighborhood. They clean out their heated garage, put up some orange lights and Halloween decorations, and line the floor with a plastic tarp. (Wish I’d thought of that.) They provide the kid-friendly carving tools, but it’s BYOP—Bring Your Own Pumpkin.
Everyone loves a good Halloween party and they’ll be thrilled to come to yours when they see this Bat Eyes Beware Halloween invitation in the mail. Our friends at celebrations.com used our Halloween invitation to inspire these bat theme Halloween party ideas that are family friendly, “frightfully fun and not overdone.” The invitation (and we have several Halloween invitations to choose from) inspired the Halloween party ideas, from bat decorations to fang-embellished cupcakes to vampire mocktails.
At the table, spooky bat shapes and bat eyes decorated the placemats, drink glasses and serving trays. Black napkins and black & white polka dots added to the décor, with yellow and orange candycorn used as accent colors.
It’s never too early to start planning your spooktacular Halloween party, and it’s hard to say what is my favorite part. I love going over the top with decorations and pouring over Halloween invitations to find just the right one. Then there are the Halloween party food ideas. That’s where your creativity can really blossom. Really, it’s just about being gross, something that comes easily to me!
I start by making a list of basic needs: beverage, main dish, salad, dessert. Then I find recipes that are easy to make for a crowd and try to come up with a creative name for them. If I run out of ideas, a quick Internet search turns up hundreds of fun Halloween party food ideas.
Swamp juice (lime flavored punch with gummy worms hanging over the edge of the bowl), Greasy Guts (spaghetti salad), Cryogenic Eyeballs (frozen grapes on a stick), Gravedigger Cupcakes (frosting topped with cookie crumbs)—see, it’s easy! Just let your imagination run wild.
But what fun is coming up with these cool names if I’m the only one who knows them? This year, I’m going to use some of our creepy Eye Got You personalized stickers to label my creations and let everyone see what a genius I am. I’ll order them blank and use them to call attention to my popsicle stick labels. EYE-catching!
Conveniently, I can order matching Eye Got You Halloween invitations and Eye Got You Halloween address labels at Pear Tree. And, just like that, my whole party is planned. Can’t wait to see how it turns out! Keep reading our blog for more Halloween party ideas.
What do you do for a little boy’s October birthday? Are there Halloween birthday ideas that aren’t Halloween-y? Three-year-old Alexander is at the perfect age for a trip to a pumpkin farm, complete with a petting zoo, corn maze, jumping castle and lots of other great fall activities for kids.