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

Pumpkin carving browsing by tag


Fun Find Friday – Pumpkin Masters

Friday, October 8th, 2010

Good Morning, Darlings!

This is going to be another short post as I am suffering the effects of too much sugar from last night’s Gays & Girls Dessert Dance Party to kick off pride weekend.

Are we ready to discuss pumpkin carving? If so, lets visit Pumpkin Masters to get some cool ideas.

Here are some of the cool things they are carrying this year:

“Follow You” Eyes: Attach these glow-in-the-dark pumpkin eyes that watch your every move! The special shape of the eyes creates an optical illusion, so it seems like they are following you as you walk by.

It’s Alive! Pumpkin Light: Shaped like a spooky brain, this pumpkin light uses three bright red LEDs to bring your creation to life. The LEDs slowly pulse on and off, creating the effect that your pumpkin has a mind of its own!

Kids Monster Pieces: A safe and mess-free way to get youngsters excited about decorating! Kids can create their very own monster by inserting eye, mouth, nose and ear parts in the skin of the pumpkin.

Kids Pumpkin Sticker Kit: Mix and match 60 full color stickers to create an endless variety of silly and scary faces.

Monster Pumpkins: This kit includes tools and patterns that are perfect for carving extra large, jumbo pumpkins (24” and larger).

Vintage Pumpkin Carving Kit: Step back in time with the retro patterns of this vintage carving kit.

Kits and accessories are available at major retailers and grocery stores nationwide, with suggested retail prices of $2.99 – $4.99.

I like the idea of stick on eyes – less carving, more fun. I am also contemplating putting a Mardi Gras mask on my orange friend to keep from carving. What do you think? I would love to hear your carving ideas and see your photos.

Send your photos to and I will post them here!

xoxo, Patti

Today blogging to The Groovie Ghoulies – Monster Mash

Pumpkin Carving Party

Monday, 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