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Halloween Pumpkin Carving Party Ideas

Halloween Pumpkin Carving Party Ideas


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Carving Party Ideas

It is officially pumpkin season! When Halloween rolls around, one of the best family traditions to begin this fall is pumpkin carving together. After years of painting pumpkins, your kids are finally ready to learn how to carve an authentic jack-o-lantern. But how do you get them started? A pumpkin carving party with the family, complete with fun themes, is a great way to start. This allows your pumpkin carving party to be unique and entertaining, while still getting the décor job done for your home.

Crazy Faces

Challenge pumpkin carvers and pumpkin painters to come up with the cutest, kookiest faces. Give points for imagination and what makes the “judges” laugh out loud.

Backyard Tailgate

Combine your love of tailgating and fall with a sports-themed party. Serve all of your favorite tailgate fare and challenge your guests to make the most creative, spirited sports themed pumpkins!

"Scary" Monster Party

If you’re entertaining little ones, challenge them to make their “scariest” monster faces on a blank pumpkin canvas. Everyone is a winner with this party idea, and it sets the stage for a ton of adorable photos.

This article was origianlly published on September 18, 2014.


Host A Halloween Pumpkin Carving Party

Every single year we host a Halloween party. When the kids were little it was all about the Halloween costumes. As they’ve gotten a bit older we’ve switched things up a bit and now every year we host a Halloween pumpkin carving party. But don’t worry, we still roast s’mores, sip hot cider and dip into the Halloween candy bowls early.

I’m giddy to share with you some of the Halloween party ideas that we’ll be sharing with our friends this year and balloons will be taking center stage!

First of all, I love using balloons for decorations. They’re economical, they can be made into a million different things and let’s face it… they’re fun! Over the next few days I’ll be sharing the full DIY on how to make balloon placecards, balloon bats and a super cute balloon pumpkin patch all with Balloon Time.

To start, I’m going to show you the overall Halloween party idea and set-up!

First, let’s talk table decorations. I love a pretty placemat to anchor the placesetting. These are a super simple, but darling, frame cut. Each guest also has a orange soda, plate and napkin… oh, and a spider ring hooked around the orange and black washi tape holding down their balloon placecard. One side of the balloon is the child’s name and the other is a fun jack-o-lantern face.

The centerpiece is simple, but a favorite that I use every Halloween. It’s just an ornate black cake plate topped with, and surrounded by, mini pumpkins and wire branches with orange beads and spiders. You can find similar garland at your local craft store.

As for the treats, well, there is never a shortage of those in my house. You may have guessed, but I love a bar service cart. You’ve likely seen a few on the blog. And for this party, it’s no exception. I have a sweet little black cart and I filled it with pumpkin donuts, sandwich cookies, suckers, popcorn… and these are just a few!

Besides decorating the table and making Halloween treats, I decorated the walls. One side of the room is a flurry of balloon bats. Later I’ll be sharing the full DIY and the template to make your own. Do you love them?

And the other side of the room is a pumpkin patch. I’ll be sharing the full DIY on these too!

In addition to all the decorations, we carved a few pumpkins! Afterall, it was a pumpkin carving party! But what do you do before scooping the goop? You need to plan your design! So before we headed outside with pitchforks… I mean carving knives in hand, we drew out our designs using easy vinyl templates.

I can’t wait to show you all the detailed DIY for each of the projects above. First up, the jack-o-lantern balloon placecards!

And they’re all crafted with Balloon Time. When crafting with balloons, you need and WANT your helium right in the craft room. It makes creating and testing your ideas before the party super easy. And by the way, it’s much more economical than running to the party store!

Find more Balloon Time ideas by following them on Facebook and Twitter.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate! More to come tomorrow!

Pumpkin Carving Party Ideas for Halloween seen first on The Celebration Shoppe.

These DIY projects and party ideas are sponsored by Balloon Time. All content and opinions are that of my own! Thank you for supporting the sponsors that keep The Celebration Shoppe party going!

About Kim

Kim Byers, creative director & owner of The Celebration Shoppe. Party supplies designer. Food and craft stylist. Her work has been featured in Parents, Better Homes and Gardens, All You, Pregnancy, iVillage, Huffington Post and many others. Kim is also a contributing writer for JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores, and designer for Cricut and Darice Crafts.


Pumpkin Carving Party Attire

The festivities are bound to get messy so help party-goers protect their clothing by providing them with aprons. Take it a step further by adorning the aprons with one of these felt pumpkin shapes from this Hanging Felt Pumpkin Decoration. Attaching an Orange and Black Dots Personalized Button to each apron, in case guests don’t know each other, will make sharing tools and supplies much easier. Finally, finish accessorizing guests with these Striped Witch Hats.


Pumpkin Carving Party Printables

Throughout October I&rsquom going to be taking some time off and have invited a handful of my favorite bloggers to join us. Today the rockin&rsquo Erika of Delphine is back and I&rsquom so excited. Be sure to check out Erika&rsquos design work and her blog!

Hi again! It&rsquos Erika here from Delphine, and I&rsquom so happy to share a fun, fall neighborhood party idea with you. Pumpkin carving can be an icky, messy chore. But do a little prep work, gather all the neighbors in your back yard, throw in some warm apple cider (with a little rum spike for the grown ups), a platter of bread and cheese, some cookies for the kids, and carving becomes a great excuse for a neighborhood get together.

It&rsquos a pretty easy party to throw together. The main thing is to have a lot of tools to make the carving go smoothly. Ask your guests to provide their own pumpkins (but have a few spares in case someone forgets or has an accident). I like to use plastic/disposable table cloths or butcher paper to cover long folding tables, that way when the party is over I can just throw them away. Put carving tools and spoons in empty cans, provide some spooky templates (you can get a book of them at the grocery store for about $5), and put a roll of paper towels on each table for messy hands. You&rsquoll also need tape (for the templates) and sharpies for those who want to draw their own templates. Make sure there are adults around to help with the carving bit. If there are a bunch of little ones, it&rsquos a good idea to set up a separate table with paint, glue and embellishments for them to use. I like to gather acorns and leaves from the yard to stick on the pumpkins.

This type of party doesn&rsquot really need much decorating&hellipmaybe a few mini pumpkins on the tables, and a pumpkin spice candle or two, but the messy activity of carving is the main attraction here. Give everyone a baggie so they can save their pumpkin seeds and send them home with a recipe for making spicy roasted pumpkin seeds. On Halloween night everyone will have fun walking around the neighborhood to see all the masterpieces!

Ready to get the party started? Download your pumpkin carving party printables, invite the neighbors and get your Jack O&rsquo Lantern on! The suite includes party invitations, a recipe for spicy pumpkin seeds, and blank recipe cards for sharing your favorite fall recipes with friends. Happy carving!


Pumpkin Carving Essentials

Whether you are throwing a pumpkin carving party or just carving one on your own, there are some things that are necessary to the process, and then some things that just add to the fun:

  • a large flat surface to workon
  • plastic tarp, craft ornewspaper
  • carving tools
  • a fun Halloweenmovie
  • spooky musicplaylist
  • snacks and drinks

Free Pumpkin Carving Patterns

Looking for some awesome free pumpkin carving patterns? Then check out the list below of places in which you can find everything from simple pumpkin carving templates and stencils to very elaborate and complicated patterns. If you feel you are an expert, why not sign up for one of the contests as well or send a picture of your cool design.

Hersheys.com: Carve up a sight to be seen by creating unique jack-o-lanterns with these free Halloween pumpkin stencils! It wouldn’t be October without this fun Halloween craft. Choose a thumbnail to print a stencil template. Then follow the printable instructions. *Kids: Please make sure you get a parent or adult to help you with this activity.

HP.com: Is your Jack-o-lantern a simple grinning pumpkin head? Turn him into something wild and creative with free pumpkin stencils you can find on the the site along with some other fun Halloween crafts.

Pumpkin Masters.com: It’s your lucky day! Here are four free pumpkin carving patterns to download. Remember, a great pumpkin carving design stems from having a combination of proper carving saws, the appropriate transfer method and a fun pattern design.

Readers Digest: Grab some very simple stencils here. 12 pumpkin face designs for the beginner carver and designer.


5. Pumpkin slates

And sometimes the artist to satisfy the flight of his imagination, little selected one canvas. If you are not in earnest parted, preparing for Halloween, and you do not have a single pumpkin to embody the image of the hero, which you would like to see at the door of his house in the Terrible Night is not a problem!

You can connect several pumpkins and create a three-dimensional composition! Put on her robe, for example, and get the most original pumpkin.
For example, to make this giant orange spider,or – to create a pumpkin snowman (because winter is not far off!).


A Fall Pumpkin-Carving Party

One of my favorite fall parties I ever threw was this pumpkin-carving party, co-hosted with my friend Lydia, an autumnal afternoon of carving pumpkins, sipping cider and sitting down for a romantic outdoor dinner at dusk. Today I’m going to give you a full look at how we transformed the blank slate of Lydia’s backyard into party central, with a casual pumpkin-carving zone and a cozy buffet and dining area.

I’ll also give you all the details how I created a mostly make-ahead menu centered on a healthy Indian-themed sweet potato bar full of fresh yet comforting flavors. And there’s a fun DIY project: an eye-catching (but simple!) table runner made out of butcher paper and neon tape. Ready to dive in?

The Day Before

Lydia’s dining table only seats eight, so we decided to rent a table in order to accommodate more guests and eat outdoors. Actually, we rented two — because I was going to be picking up the tables myself, the rental store agent suggesting renting two 4-foot tables instead of one 8-foot table, which might not fit in my car. This made it easy for me to pick up the tables by myself the afternoon before the party and only cost a few dollars more than renting one long table. (The total cost was about $14.)

I was also cooking away in the days leading up to the party. The great thing about a menu of soups and stews made with plenty of spices is that most of the meal actually tastes better after a day or two in the fridge. The party was on Sunday I made the Savory Spiced Pecans and Mixed Bean Masala on Friday and the Curried Cauliflower Soup and Lamb Korma on Saturday. On Saturday I also prepped the dessert of Oatmeal-Brown Sugar Baked Apples by coring the apples and stuffing them with brown sugar, oatmeal and a little cube of butter, so they were ready to be popped in the oven.


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