Anatomy of a Dinner Party: a day in the life of a hospitalityaholic

Pumpkin Carving Party

Written by Patti on October 26th, 2009

We have had a very homespun weekend. From Friday night’s viewing of Drag Me To Hell, Saturday’s Pie Off and Sunday’s Pumpkin Carving Party, it has been small town USA  around here. I love it!

Before the party, my darlings John and Danny swung by to drop off a tent from our friend Mary Anne – a tent, y’all!! Oh – I should preface. Not a camping tent – Miss Hospitalityaholic is not likely to be found in the woods in a tent.  No, an event tent – a big white one! It is so exciting!  And while Eric and Danny played a little Mad World on the Wii, John helped me with our Halloween decorations for the front porch.  When it is totally done, I will share with you.  Maybe tomorrow.

And then it was off to the pumpkin carving over at Brad and Dawn’s house.  They host a lovely pumpkin carving party, I must say.  Brad whipped up a huge batch of brunswick stew, Crystal made hush puppies (she has been cooking all weekend!) and there were s’mores for dessert. Yum!  Here’s our host serving up some stew – it was so delicious and spicy.

A man and his stew….

A bowl of spicy, meaty deliciousness

Made better with Crystal’s hush puppies…

After eating it was time to get to carving. I had found my idea from Martha Stewart and it was adorable and easy. Especially since my awesome husband cut open and scooped out my pumpkin for me.  All I had to do was bore holes in it and carefully place my mice and spiders in it for a spooky effect.

My sweetheart doing the icky work for me

Isn’t it cute?

Two of my favorites, Dawn and John Charles

Big sister Megan

Teague working on his super scary jack o’lantern

Eric’s completed masterpiece – he drew this free hand!
And it matches my spiders, too.

Our Pie Queen gets her hands dirty with&
the most intricate pumpkin pattern

Megan and the pumpkin that Mom carved for her

A passel of pumpkins

Ohhhhh, scary!

It was a wonderful time with friends around the fire, enjoying our handiwork.

I hope you are enjoying the season with loved ones.  And getting your candy ready!  I might knock on your door.

xoxo, Patti


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