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, orangey 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.
What a fun, let’s-get-messy party that must be—and how grateful the guests must be that it’s in somebody else’s house! As if that’s not enough, these generous neighbors serve chili, hot cider, and snacks for those who aren’t carving or need a break. Then, before everyone goes home, they put candles in all the pumpkins and turn out the lights in the garage to admire their spooky creations. Ooooooo!
It’s not hard to throw a pumpkin carving party of your own, as long as you have the space and don’t mind the clean-up. (Just think. If you roasted all the pumpkin seeds you’d have enough to last a year!) You can make it a potluck if you don’t feel like cooking, or keep it simple with snacks and beverages. One of our pumpkin-themed Halloween invitations would be perfect for the occasion, complete with matching return address labels. And if you have any fun pumpkin carving party ideas of your own to share, we’d love to hear them!
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 for an all-ages-welcome Bat Theme Halloween Party Idea that’s “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.
Marshmallow fangs and beady cherry eyes turned red velvet cupcakes into vampires for dessert. And for beverages, guests could choose their potion: either blood-red mocktails made from crushed jolly ranchers, cherry 7-Up and red Twizzlers, or a black-licorice infused version. But it wouldn’t be a party without blindfolds and jello, now would it? Fun activities like the classic Mummy Wrap game and the Lucky Dip game for kids made the party a huge hit.
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What do you do for a little boy’s October birthday? Three-year-old Carter 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 kids activities.
“We aren’t doing a ‘Halloween’ theme—more like a ‘Pumpkin’ theme,” says Carter’s mom, Heather, who was looking for Halloween party invitation ideas that weren’t too “Halloweenish.” She chose Pear Tree’s Line-up of Pumpkins Halloween Birthday Invitation because “the colors are NOT black and orange! Purple and orange are much better for a birthday party and gender neutral. I didn’t want black and orange.”
Carter and his friends will be enjoying pizza and pumpkin-shaped cupcakes, and Heather will be decorating the table with green, orange and purple colors “with the inspiration being the invitation.” Pumpkin-themed food, decorations and plenty of kid-friendly activities make for a fall birthday that is sure to bring plenty of smiles, just like the happy pumpkins on our Halloween invitation!
Have you started planning your Halloween party yet? Well, don’t forget about one of the most crucial components, the invitation! Not only do your guests need to know if kids are welcome, if a costume if required or if they need to bring a spooky side dish. Of course, the rest of the details, time, location and RSVP information is just as important.
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Monster Mash Halloween Party Invitation
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