Last October, my family hosted one of the most fun (and simple) parties - a pumpkin carving party! We invited a few of our local friends with kiddos to join us for an evening of snacks and carving together.
Typically, we spend a short 30 minutes on a couple of pumpkins and move them out to the front porch without much thought, but after spending time carving with a huge group of friends and kids, I can't imagine ever carving alone again! My husband staked out a large tarp in the back yard to allow everyone a place to sit (and a way to keep pumpkin guts from ending up in the grass). We served a few simple snacks and drinks, and most everyone brought something to share. Each family was responsible for bringing their own pumpkin(s), but we had tons of carving tools to go around.
We started the party just before dusk, do give everyone time to carve, but also gave us time to light up all the jack-o-lanterns and enjoy our creations after the sun went down.
This year, I've created some fun fill-in invitations, perfect for a fall pumpkin gathering. You can find these right here in the Etsy Shop
for only $10! You'll get enough invitations to invite 12 families, and I've included a set of 4 pumpkin awards for FREE (incase you want to add a little competition to your event!) You'll also find lots of great recipes, carving ideas, and decorating ideas on our Halloween Party Pinterest Board
! Happy Carving!
As usual, First Dinner was amazing. We are truly blessed to fill our dining room table with such wonderful people. I wanted to share a few photos from the event. I am the master of budget parties (okay, self-proclaimed, but I love finding simple and inexpensive ideas to make even the simplest of ideas look grand!) First the invitations: a simple design that won my heart this year among the new cards I designed - I added a touch of red glitter for pizzazz. I carried the same design into the place cards and favor boxes. Each place tag was a circle mounted to red cardstock and tied to a candycane with blue ribbon. Foam snowflakes adorned the plates and under the vases, (found in the $1 bin at Target). I'm a bit partial to polka-dots and I seem to somehow work them in to just about every party I do! Here, in the napkins.
The kid's table was fun to set up. My husband built a bench to give it more seating. Each place setting had a fun red snowflake cup with a twisty straw and an ornament they could color and take home. They enjoyed decorating the ornaments even more than I anticipated.
Of course, I can send no one home empty handed. My son and I baked and decorated buttery spritz cookies with red and blue sprinkles as a sweet little gift for each family. I found the perfect little boxes and bags by Martha Stewart (she has everything!) and added my own labels to match the invitation and place tags.
Dinner this year was a huge success, and as always I am looking forward to this year and what it has to bring. Without a doubt, it will involve these 20 special people and even some who were unable to attend this year's First Dinner. Happy New Year!
It may just be a Texas thing, but I grew up in a barbecue house. It was pretty common for us to have some kind of grilled food five (and probably seven) times a week! We're not just talking meat here, my dad cooked everything on the grill from potatoes to pineapple... this was normal for me. When I went to college, I started to miss Dad's BBQ and always looked forward to it when I went home. Now I am lucky enough to be married to a converted Texan who's become quite the griller and smoker of meats. Thanks to his new talent, we love to have friends over for summer meals in the back yard. Our latest brought on this design, as part of our June feature you can get it on sale as a custom design as well as a fill-in version, and I suspect there will be many more BBQ invites to come!