This year, we’re celebrating the glory that is fall by hosting a festive and decidedly grown-up fete in celebration of the season’s timeless mascot--the pumpkin. Ready, set, hostess of the year.


Set the scene alfresco

Weather permitting, a crisp fall chill and golden-leaved backdrop will be your party’s best accessory.  


Get festive with decor

Glitter, ghouls, streamers, oh my. The more kitsch the merrier when it comes to this fete.  


Have guests BYO pumpkins

Save yourself from having to cram 40 gourds into your Honda by asking guests to bring their own. (Just maybe have a few extras for the inevitable carving mishap or plus-one ambush.)


Ready thy workshop

To have on hand: Newspaper (for the mess), paper towels (ditto), washable markers and templates (for the artistically challenged) and big ole bowls (for pumpkin guts).


Make a spooky playlist

Time to find some sweet indie covers of “Monster Mash.”


Whip up delicious fall fare

Allow us to recommend our (almost) too-cute-to-eat mini caramel apples, buttery cranberry-brie puff-pastry pops and fall-hued homemade veggie chips.


Don’t forget libations

Pumpkin beer is a solid choice but be sure to have a hot, seasonal punch on hand as well. Our cinnamon-y recipe for mulled cider is bound to be a hit.


Play up booze presentation

Wanna really wow 'em? Serve that toasty cider--wait for it--in a pumpkin. (Simply carve out the center and place your bowl inside.)


Make guests individual pumpkin kits

Serrated knife, check. Wooden spoon, double check. Tea lights and matches, check, check, check. So adorable.


Cover your bases

For those friends you don’t trust with a knife (or who don’t like to get their hands dirty), be sure to have some no-carve pumpkin decor options at the ready. Our favorite goo-free alternatives? Doilies, push pins and metallic paint.

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Set those babies aglow

Holiday crafts are just the prettiest.

Now that the decor is set, here's some pumpkin carving ideas to try

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