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Pumpkin Carving Party – Guest Post!

Written by Patti on October 23rd, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

My new friend, Amy, wrote and asked if she could be a guest blogger. Well, sure! Amy runs the website, Gay Dating Sites, whose philosophy is keeping my darlings safe when looking for fun friends. I like that.

Throw a Pumpkin Carving Party!

Just because you’re an adult doesn’t mean you have to hang up your costume and sit back and let the kids be the only ones to have all the fun on Halloween. Okay, so maybe you can’t parade around the neighborhood in a princess costume banging on doors asking for handfuls of Snickers, but who says you can’t carve up some fun and throw a fabulously frightening pumpkin carving party?

Intriguing Invite. Turn to online invites or place a few phone calls to gather up your most ghoulish pals! Let your friends know that the party is BYOP (bring your own pumpkin) and encourage them to spring for the untraditional. An interestingly shaped gourd or pumpkin of a color other than orange can make for a unique twist on the original idea. Since there’s a good chance of getting pumpkin guts everywhere, make sure you tell your invitees to leave their pearls at home and to dress for a mess!

Scary Setup. If the autumn breeze is just right and provides for an evening not too cold, take the party outside. This won’t cause any issues if the carving gets a little sloppy and you are sure to have an easier clean-up on your hands. If the weather doesn’t permit for an outdoor event, set up a table inside and cover it and the floor with old newspapers or plastic.

Tools of Terror. Have the necessary utensils like carving knives, designs, spoons, pencils and paper laid out and ready to go. To make things a little more fun, also provide your guests with an array of paint colors, glitter, ribbons and other decorative items to allow everyone to tune in to their creative sides and add some Halloween flair to their pumpkins!

Devilish Decorations. Create a festive scene with barrels of hay, fall leaves and of course pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins! For a spooky ambiance, string orange Halloween lights and spider webs around the carving area and be sure to raid your nearest craft store for more decorations that are bound to get you and your friends in the Halloween spirit. For a little background noise play either a classic horror movie like Frankenstein or a cd of themed songs — Monster Mash, anyone?

Trick or Treats. Since your party will be revolving around pumpkin carving, it’s okay to take the easy route for snacks—go for pizza, chips and other simple appetizers. But considering it’s Halloween, you most certainly can’t skimp on the sweets—be sure to serve up some pumpkin pie (don’t forget the whipped cream!) and pick up plenty of fun-size candy to litter around your home.

Creepy Cocktails. Really get the party going and turn to your cauldron to brew up some drinks! This is the perfect opportunity to shine as the haunted hostess with the mostess!—mix vodka with cranberry juice or any other red beverage and serve it as “Vampire’s Blood.” Or you can make a “Creepy Crawler Punch” where you drape drinks with gummy worms, spiders, or whatever you can get your hands on!

Amy Reynolds is a guest post author who shares with us her ideas on entertaining for Halloween. Amy also is an author of articles about online dating for Gay Dating Sites.

Thanks, Amy!

xoxo, Patti

Today blogging to Theme from the movie Halloween (so scary!)


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