You know Fall has arrived when everyone starts talking pumpkin this, and pumpkin that… everything is pumpkin flavored, and pumpkin shaped, and even clothing is pumpkin colored! But is that such a bad thing? Pumpkins can be tasty and fun… and pumpkin carving parties are a wonderful way to get your friends and family in the spirit of fall and the upcoming holidays. Here are 5 easy tips to help you plan a pumpkin carving party.
Not All Pumpkins Are Equal
Just like there are bad apples, there are bad pumpkins, and some serve better use for cooking while others are best for carving. Be sure to choose the right ones for your party! Pick one that is firm, has no marks or abrasions on the outside, and is mostly uniform in color. Any pumpkin you buy should make a thumping sound if you tap it, and there should be at least four inches of stalk on it, and that stalk should not be dried out.
All pumpkins (and any gourds you use, as well) should all be properly prepped before anyone arrives at the party. This moves things along smoother and faster. Wash them thoroughly in soap and water, pat them dry, and then cut off the top to scoop out the insides. Cover the table you will be using in newspaper and place the hollowed out pumpkins on top. Save the seeds! You will want them to make a tasty snack for guests. Set out carving utensils so that children can’t reach them.
Think of Alternatives
Instead of carving, plan to paint and decorate pumpkins. This could be safer and easier if you have lots of people coming to the party or if there will be small children around. You can offer both options to the adults attending. You will still need to prep the pumpkins as above, even if you are just painting them.
Serve Themed Food
Give your guests a few picks of Fall themed, or pumpkin themed, foods. Pumpkin pie, caramel apples, hot apple cider, and roasted pumpkin seeds are among the best and easiest foods and drinks to offer your guests.
Decoration Are Easy
Pumpkins, of course, are going to be the focal point, but don’t stop there! Decorate with Fall colors, maybe even some outdoor elements like leaves, and light some Fall scented candles to really set the mood.
Do you have any tips for hosting a pumpkin carving party?