Collect some pumpkins, and invite your favorite witches and demons for some Halloween fun.
Nothing says Halloween like carved pumpkins, festive candies and fun costumes. Try these tips to arrange the perfect pumpkin carving with all your friends.
1. Create a casual atmosphere
Head to the backyard, set up some long folding tables with tablecloths and let the fall mood be your decor. Play some music to start the party.
2. Assemble a self-service buffet
Don’t worry about serving a full meal that creates a lot of work for you. Instead set up a self-service buffet stocked with enough delicacies for the evening so you can enjoy the party. Think of some simple delicious dishes, add fun and festive sweets – you’ve got it covered. Enter a bar with a few options in distributors. Label them, set up a stack of glasses and let your guests enjoy.
3. Set up carving stations
Arrange a simple but structured carving station so that your guests can enjoy the main event. Provide a table with a sort of carving patterns for those who want something other than the traditional ghost. Don’t forget tape – you’ll have to keep the patterns in place while you sculpt.
On other tables, place nice buckets that your guests can put in the pumpkin seeds and pulp. Then put out smaller containers to hold the carving tools. Just add some pumpkins and you’ve provided everything your guests will need.
4. Hold a carving contest
How would pumpkin hunting be useful without a little friendly competition? Have some judges and various awards at the event. Think outside the box with the prizes and go beyond just the “Best Pumpkin.” Think of “Most Creative”, “Most Adventurous”, “Most Scary” and so on.
5. Remember the evening
All that hard work needs to be documented! Make sure you collect the carved masterpieces for a group shot at the end of the evening, and don’t forget to share the festive photos with your guests after the fact.
Get out those pumpkins, set the tables and start the music for the best pumpkin-carving party.
Need more inspiration? Check out our video tutorial for easy ways to make your space a ghost in no time.
Originally published October 2016.