Wednesday, October 23, 2013

8th Annual Pumpkin Party

Ever wanted to throw a Pumpkin Party? It is SUPER easy and so rewarding. Check out what you will need to throw a party here. "I first started this when I purchased my home (8 years ago). I didn't have children and was single at the time ( with boat loads of extra time on my hands). I saw a need for kids to participate in good wholesome crafty fun and decided to create "holiday" parties. Not to celebrate Halloween but to celebrate a family tradition with my friends and their families. Back then (and still today) parents couldn't afford extras like pumpkins and parties. Since I didn't have kids, I felt it was my gift to them to set up, host and throw a fun kid party each year. Thus a tradition of pumpkin parties began. This year was no different.  
My first hint, tip, suggestion is to lay newspaper down on two separate stations. Why you ask? Because you want kids to be kids! Plus, from an adult perspective it decorates and helps with easy cleanup! Then place plastic plates down with a small pumpkin onto. This allows a child to paint their own pumpkin within their personal space without hassle or little to no mess.
Although I always have baby wipes on hand just in case! Station one: Painting!
Nothing beats a little kiddo coming up to you and saying "thank you". I tell ya it happens every year. children come to my parties and they have a ball! Some may come grumpy but something about a pumpkin sitting in front of you just makes you happy.  
Station two, is usually on the floor (covered in newspaper), and is pumpkin carving. I have both stations going at the same time to help with the mood. This helps kids interact and not become bored because they always have something to do. This also helps us adults stagger and help one another out without any verbal cues. Trust me even if you come to a party thinking you won't participate something just sparks and everyone ends up painting and curving pumpkins!
We even broke out stencils.
Some of the older kids and adults aced these designs! 
I have to say thanks to all who came and participated at our party this year. It really has been a rough one and I thought for sure I was maybe losing my touch. But turns out I was wrong.
This one happened to be the best yet! 
As tradition would have it everyone had a "goodbye" photo with their creations and then they ventured home. One by one hugging and thanking us for such a fun afternoon. Some even expressed gratitude that I hosted this party but really it wasn't hard, it was FUN! Clean was easy too. I simply roll the newspaper up and toss in the trash. No mess, no hassle just a house smelling of pumpkins.
Here's to another year, may the next party be just as fun! 


  1. What a cleaver idea. . . I'll have to share with my nieces and nephews for their kids.

  2. What a wonderful idea! Those kids look like they are having a great time!

  3. Great ideas, and great pumpkins! Thanks for sharing!

  4. It is a great idea. We had a blast. My youngest couldn't stop telling people she went to a pumpkin party and painted a pumpkin. :)
    I planned on bringing the kids and having fun talking with others. I ended painting a pumpkin and helping clean the guts out of some of the kids pumpkins. My oldest asked if we can go do that next year cuz it was fun! We would love to help out at your next party!

  5. Your party was so fun! It was great to see the kids (and adults) being so creative with their decorating. Thank you so much for such a wonderful time.

  6. This is an awesome idea! I think it would be great to do next year with all my kids and my nieces and nephews. I love how you made it both painting and carving. Something for everyone.

  7. I'd love to have you share this on The HomeAcre Harvest Hop today!

  8. This looks like a lot of fun! What a sweet thing for you to do for friends and their families. Thank you for sharing at the HomeAcre Hop. Join us again this Thursday?