Pumpkin Carving Party

We were invited to a pumpkin carving party on Saturday night.  We had never been to such an event before and did not know what to expect.  Normally, we just carve some sort of face into our pumpkin and call it a day.  A party with a contest for the best overall pumpkin made us rethink our carving approach.  Would the party-goers be professional pumpkin carvers?

I decided to find J a little something more detailed to tackle figuring we’d be up against some crazy competition.  I searched high and low for an interesting, free pumpkin stencil pattern online and finally settled on Yoda.  Anyone who knows us knows that Star Wars is huge with our kids so I knew my selection would be a crowd pleaser (at least with our family).

While J was hard a work with a margarita at his side, I cruised the activity stations with the boys.  We hit the cookie decorating table first.  Of course, we did.

The boys each chose a mini pumpkin to paint next.  They both took their time to create a couple of lovely works of art.  The pumpkins now reside on our front porch.

By the time we had finished making the rounds at the bouncy house and swing set, J had finished Yoda.  We went inside to partake in some yummy food.  The hostess made two delicious soups to share: chicken noodle and curry harvest.  I tried the curry one and fell in love.

I brought a batch of monster eyes.  There were none left in my serving bowl at the end of the night so I’m taking that as a testament to their yumminess.  There were lots of other wonderful treats like a Thai noodle salad, cornbread casserole, chili, rolls, brownies, cakes, etc.  It was all so good.  I definitely over did it and was thankful that I had run the causeway earlier that day.

When the sun went down the jack-o-lanterns were set out on some hay bales in front of the house and lit with candles.  Yoda came to life!  J did a wonderful job carving him!

All of the pumpkins that were carved were pretty amazing.  See the one three to the right of Yoda?  That one was my favorite.  It was Lionel Richie!  It says “Hello” at the bottom.  How random and creative!  A couple of us were even inspired to sing a few bars of the song.

Glow sticks were handed out to the children while the parents voted on the pumpkins.  Somehow they came up with the idea to link all of the sticks together to form a giant glow ring.  I thought it looked pretty awesome!

Toward the end of the evening, Cutie Pie finally warmed up to the idea of having his face painted.  He asked for a dragon.  The hostess’ mom is quite the talented face painter, no?  Cutie Pie ended up falling to sleep with the green monster on his face.  Sadly, much of it had rubbed off by the morning.

While Cutie Pie was getting his face done, a very flamboyant guest burst into the Puff the Magic Dragon song.  He knew every single verse.  I was impressed.

The pumpkin carving winners were announced at the end of the night.  One of my friend’s won for the prettiest pumpkin.  Another friend won for the scariest pumpkin.  And J won best overall!  I was so proud of him!  His prize was two adult tickets to SNOW and ICE at the Gaylord Palms resort!


Painting Pumpkins

Yesterday was the kind of day that I love!  It was mild and breezy.  Just perfect for throwing open the doors and letting the air flow through the house.  No air conditioning required!  I have not been able to do this since early spring.  It’s been too darn hot and, unfortunately, it’s supposed to get hot again.  When these awesome cool days come our way we have to take immediate advantage of them because they surely won’t stick around.

B came over to play while Steph took our Tuesday morning Zumba class.  I had a couple of extra mini pumpkins sitting on the counter from our visit to the pumpkin patch.  When I suggested painting them Cutie Pie and B screamed YEEEESSSSS!

I located 5 tubes of Elmer’s washable paint.  It comes in these handy little paintbrush containers so there wasn’t much preparation or mess to clean up.  I let the boys go crazy with the colors.

Then we added some bling in the form of glitter.  (Yes, Cutie Pie’s shirt is on backward.  That’s what happens when little dudes dress themselves.)

The boys were so proud of their work!  I think they came out pretty darn cute too.

When Wildman came home from school and saw B and Cutie Pie’s creations he said that he wanted to paint a pumpkin too.  I immediately honored his request because he’s not a very artsy-crafty kid.  It’s a rare occasion when Wildman wants to do an art project.

I set them Wildman and Cutie Pie up on Cutie Pie’s little table in his room.  Since the Elmer’s paintbrushes had been used up earlier that morning we opted for old school painting.  Luckily, Cutie Pie’s little table is protected by a layer of vinyl that stapled on when we got it.  Clean up was a snap!

They look pretty nice, don’t they?