Throw the Best Damn Pumpkin-Carving Party Ever
11 steps to crushing your fall shindig
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.”
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.
Set those babies aglow
Holiday crafts are just the prettiest.