Yep, thats right. This is our 4th year at hosting our pumpkin carving party, And we're still going strong! I think this was maybe our largest turn out yet at about 35 folks...including kids of all ages.
Of course, you cant have a Halloween party without decorations.
A couple hours before the guests arrived my ma and the kids locked themselves in the garage and made everything all spooky like.
Theres G again with his signature...Oh my goodness...and the clapping.
Everyone brought a dish to share. I made a few desserts that seemed to hit the spot.
This one in particular seemed to be quite popular. (Thanks for keeping me company Angie, while I waited for this thing to cool earlier!)
The way this all works is that you bring a dish to share and also your own stash of pumpkins. I have all the carving tools and patterns, if you so choose to use them. Most of the time everyone just wings it and ends up with some pretty great jack o lanterns. We all eat, laugh, hang out, and then carve, carve, carve.
There are times when you just have to be a little taller. I can so relate to that. I am not above using a chair to make my life easier. Its so refreshing to me to see that the kiddos arent either. Altho...Im sure they wont have to use a chair every year....I on the the other hand....lets just say that a stool is a great sidekick to have.
If I were to take a poll this evening Im pretty sure that it would come back saying that scooping out the pumpkins is everyones least favorite part. In fact, I think K would be the delegated spokesperson for that. She had a lot to say here....Whats that, hunny? Huh? You need help? No time, no time...I have to take more pictures....youre doing a great job tho. Really.
J was nearly the LAST one done. He really put alot of thought into his carving. Im sure it didnt help that his pumpkin had a rind that was like 6 inches thick...he was just sawing and carving....carving and sawing. Determination....thats always a great thing to have.
The party began at 6 and I think it was almost 9 before we got to engage in the lighting ceremony.....it wasnt nearly as fancy as that one that they did for the Olympics with the whole zip line thing...but it turned out quite nice, if I do say so myself. Quite nice.
So, now the house is settled down with night time noises...sleeping kids, dryers drying, and dishwashers running. I really need to clean the garage I say to myself. There is pumpkin goo and pumpkin seeds aplenty out there....pumpkin tools that need washed, tablecovers to be taken off, floors that needs to be swept.....but alas, this is what was calling me....
warm, flannel jammies....and the nice cozy couch.....with my feet on the sweet, little ottoman......all that other stuff? It will still be there in the morning.