This is the perfect weekend to have a pumpkin carving party — once you cut into them, a pumpkin will last just about a week before they start collapsing. If you carve yours this weekend, you will still have lively jack o’lanterns on Halloween.
Have people bring their own pumpkins or arrange for a delivery of a bunch. When picking your pumpkins, choose ones that are smooth, firm, and fairly symmetrical. Consider having a few extra pumpkins on hand for any carving mishaps or mistakes.
If you have outdoor space and the weather cooperates, consider having your pumpkin carving party outdoors, where it doesn’t matter as much how messy things get. If you are have the party inside consider laying down a tarp, newspaper, or craft paper on the floor around the area where you will be carving to catch any errant pulp, seeds, or skins.
Have plenty of tools on hand — knives, melon ballers, jewelry making tools, linoleum cutters, mini saws, carpentry tools, sculpting or pottery tools or even cookie cutters can be used to create textures, shapes and patterns.
Print out some templates or get some stencils to get people started.
You don’t have to only carve pumpkins — paint, markers, or chalk is also an option. These are especially good options if you are planning to use your pumpkins through the fall as table decor. Gild pumpkins with gold, silver, or bronze paint. Paint them with blackboard paint and the draw a face on with chalk. Or you can write a menu on the pumpkin for a dinner party.
And speaking of dinner, here are some recipe ideas of what to serve your guests during the party:
Our simple and delicious Pumpkin Coconut Soup