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I´m super excited about Halloween this year and hosting Our Annual Family Pumpkin Carving Party.
Hosting a Pumpkin Craving Party is super simple and really only focuses on 3 MAIN ELEMENTS which makes it a super budget-friendly.
- Pumpkin Carving
I mentioned in this post 5 Best Places to go Trick-or-Treating with Toddlers that Oct. 31st is also my Mom´s birthday so Halloween was a super big deal when I was growing up and I want to pass that joy to my kiddos.
Pumpkin Carving Party Hosting is a great way to get your family and friends together and make some memories with your children. Let´s jump right in and get your all set up to host your own!
Hosting a Pumpkin Carving Party
First things first – you need to send invitations. I use CANVA to make and send my e-vites. E-vites are free and less likely to get lost or forgotten. Heres the E-vites I sent this year.
Your Invitations should set the tone for your party.
Scary party = scary invitations.
For our kid-friendly event, I took the three colors (orange, black, and white) and designed around that.
Pumpkin Carving Party Overview
I used Walmart as my one-stop-shop for the decorations, food, pumpkins, and carving kits and didn’t spend an arm and leg.
Walmart really has the cutest stuff and I always check the clearance sections for even better deals everyday!
Decorations, food, and pumpkin carving supplies!
Decorations for a Pumpkin Carving Party
To keep my party budget-friendly I thought the two main areas my guests will be and decorated those areas. The food table and the garage.
Halloween plates, cups, orange plastic ware for the table, and a backdrop.
If possible hold your party outside to avoid the mess in your home. We use our garage and cleaning everything out afterward is a breeze.
I decorate a lot with .97 cent plastic table cloths for tables and by using them as backdrops for pictures. For our garage, I hung them to cover the ugliness and create a photo opportunity for my guests.
Party Food Pumpkin Style
Nothings easier than hamburgers and hot dogs and in addition, I did a throw-up pumpkin spinach dip, a platter of orange snacks, and Halloween cookies the kiddos decorated.
Next, Set up a drink and sweets station and BAM. Cute as could be.
I made this spread budget-friendly by making cheeseburger sliders (less meat more food) and got sides that I knew the kiddos would eat now and later in lunches. (bag of carrots, mini oranges, cheese puffs).
I involved the boys in a few ways with the food. They loved helping me carve the mini pumpkin and peel the oranges.
I got the Best Value on everything for Halloween Cookies and the boys and I ended up making 3 boxes of these cookies because everybody LOVED them!
The best part was making Halloween cookies and decorating them with the boys. They didn’t come out exactly ¨worthly¨ of Pinterest but who cares.
Making a sweet treat for your Pumpkin Carving Party WITH the kids will absolutely add to the memories. between making, baking, and decorating we had some great laughs and the kids loved telling everyone about their hard work.
Pumpkin Carving Part – y
I added a note at the bottom of our invitation saying BYOP
(bring your own Pumpkin).
This helps tremendously with keeping your event budget-friendly and this way everyone can bring them home too!
As I mentioned before, we used the garage. So I hung more plastic table cloths to hide most of the garage and added some black banners for photo opportunities. Then I set up 3 tables and made sure we had lights in case it got dark.
For this part of your party here are a few tips :
Use what you have – I put black trash bags in 5-gallon buckets under each table to catch the guts and they fit right in with the decor. I also brought chairs from the house and back porch for seating.
Make sure each table has pumpkin carving tools, markers, scrappers, and a template book or two for inspiration, and tea lights ( I got battery tea lights for the kiddos and they flicker, also at Walmart ).
Pumpkin Carving Party – Flow
We set up ALL the decor and prepared everything but the hamburgers and hotdogs in the days before the party.
Check out 5 Things to do Before Your Guests Arrive to get your home ready for guests. I love hosting events and in my experience, these 5 things will lower your anxiety and have you looking like a pro party planner.
At 5:30 pm, when everyone started arriving I was plating the hot food and everyone got a plate and headed back to the garage to eat.
The kiddos had a blast running around with each other playing and eating for the first hour.
Then we finally got down to Pumpkin Carving.
All in all, Hosting a pumpkin carving party is just as much fun as actually carving pumpkins!
One last thing, before the 1st person calls it a night and takes their pumpkin home. Line them all up and get a couple of pictures.
This will cap off your Pumpkin Carving Party.
Clean up is a breeze
Don´t let the daunting thought of clean up keep you from hosting your own pumpkin carving party either! You got this!
Quick and easy.
Gather the trash bags full of guts, spray out garage or driveway (or don´t), and clean up the leftovers. Keep the carving tools, template books, and any decor you can to reuse for next year.
Thanks for reading!
Tell me in the comments what you think! And don´t forget to pin this for when you host a pumpkin carving party!