Potluck Pumpkin Carving

Sunday October 31, 2010
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We don’t make a huge deal out of Halloween, but I thought it would be fun to invite some friends over for a low key evening of carving pumpkins and hanging out.   I have a tendency to go overboard when I host parties so I tried this time to keep things simple.  The guestlist was small, but complimentary.  The kids ages ranged from 16months to 6 years.  Here’s 8 of the 10 kids:

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None of the three families knew anyone else, besides us, so it was fun to see how well everyone mixed and mingled – even the menfolk!

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The menu was chili — we had three delicious varieties, along with some sweets, appetizers and salad.

The kids had so much fun playing, there wasn’t even a discussion of carving pumpkins until later in the evening.

I created a wall of pumpkin templates (I should have taken a picture!) where I printed a bunch of patterns I found online and folks could pick a pattern, or create their own.  The kids had fun selecting their pattern and initially were eager to participate.

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However, their interest soon waned and they preferred to run around the yard while the carvers got down to business.

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We finally finished our pumpkins and everyone’s looked great!

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It was a fun evening and we were so glad to have friends come over and get to know whole families better.

Happy Halloween all!

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