Tonight we went to a pumpkin carving party at a new friends’ house – who just happens to live a few blocks from us!
Best way to transport a humongous pumpkin 2 blocks? In a sling bag, baby-style! If I had had a stroller, I might have used that instead!
There were pumpkins being carved all over the place!
Slap bracelets made for festive favors!
And a wonderful buffet of food from homemade BBQ to salad and slaw, sweet potato fries, baked beans, mac and cheese.
Thanks to Kara and her sous chefs for cooking us dinner tonight!
There were also 1,000 pumpkin beers in da house 😉 Including our home brew. I had a little of that guy.
Desserts included a delicious apple crisp and candy corn cupcakes –
Plus some homemade ice cream. I am sad I did not get to try a cupcake, but the crisp was awesome.
After dessert, massive amounts of pumpkin pulp went flying…
Matt did the scooping and tracing, and I did the carving
After a few buckets of pumpkin goop, we had a hollow army!! I couldn’t believe some of the talents of some of the pumpkins – and how beautiful they were lit up!
Can you guess which is mine?
I always tend to go simple + non-traditional. Last year it was Pumpkin Pi and the year before that, a toothy grin.
This year I did a fork, knife and spoon! Go food blogger, go!
Fun times with friends!
Lisa Fine says
Haha. Very cute. Sounds like a fun night – love that first photo of you – you look great!
katie @KatieDid says
Awesome, I love your design! I knew that one was yours before you said it. Looks like a very fun night with friends.
kelsey @ living the gluten free life says
Such cute pumpkins! Love them all!
Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife says
haha. Nice job displaying your true loves and passions on a pumpkin. That is pretty creative!
That apple crisp+ice cream looks/sounds delicious right about now….. 😉
kathleen @ the daily crumb says
what a fun party!! delicious food, fun friends, and a festive activity!
love the slap bracelet… blast from the past.
Kinley @ Better Off Barefoot says
I love that you had a “baby sling” for your pumpkin! LOL I may have given mine a name this year and had to carry it on my hip like a child too because it was so big 😀
Very cute carvings!
Chad @ thebreakupnote says
I see a bunch of halloween-y pumpkins and what is that in the corner? A silverware themed pumpkin. I read further and confirm that it was Kath who made the silverware pumpkin. Then, I smile.
Chad @ thebreakupnote says
By the way, Chelle and I were going to swoop down to Charlotteville after the mudder we ran at Wintergreen – we were going to ghost-ninja your bakery, just like I vowed to do. Then we realized it was Sunday and we were way too tired. It will happen don’t worry.
OH bummer to miss you!
Ali @ Peaches and Football says
What FUN! I love all the lit up pumpkins all together with the artistic carvers in the background. What a wonderful picture. I’m sure you had a riot. Looks like a lot of laughing went on 🙂
Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries says
I love, love, love your pumpkin! Very cute and creative. That fork must have been a little bit of a challenge! I love festive parties – so fun!
You made me so happy with your glowing pumpkin pictures. Thank you.
Kim @ Spoonful of Sass says
What a beautiful display! Looks like a lot of talented carvers in the bunch!
I had a hunch which one was your’s, and then I thought, “Maybe there is another foodie in the house.” But then you confirmed my hunch 🙂
Lauren @ What Lauren Likes says
Love your pumpkin! Haha what a great night 🙂
Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl says
That is awesomE! I would never have thought to have a Halloween inspired pumpkin carving party. Think of the big bowl of delicious toasted pumpkin seeds one could have *dreaming*
And that apple crisp looks like da bomb.
Had a great time with you tonight, Kath, and I’ve had so much fun clicking around your blog tonight – I’m totally addicted now! You’re such an inspiration… we must talk running sometime! I just did my first 10K and am hoping to do the 10 miler next spring. I’d love to pick your brain on increasing mileage!
Had a great time too!! Would love to hang out more or go for a run!
Katie @ Peace Love and Oats says
I went apple picking last weekend, and they had a pumpkin patch too. I saw several families who had their kids walking, and the strollers full of pumpkins!
Casey @ Pocket Full of Sunshine says
Aw how fun! Those are some amazing pumpkins! My sad little pumpkin this year—free hand, haha—would not have made the cut. 🙂
Gillian G. @ When Bread Is Broken says
i definitely knew yours was the knife/fork/spoon! true reader loyalty 🙂 love it!!
Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga says
Those pumpkins are amazing! I wish I had just a tad of those carving skills. Wow!
And homemade ice cream, cupcakes, and crisp/crumble (love them!)…I’d be in heaven.
And slap bracelets. Blast from the junior high past. I want one now…ha!
I guessed that one was yours! I love it, so cute! All the pumpkins lit up look so pretty! Makes me feel like I should carve one this year…
Molly @ RDexposed says
I am picturing you pushing a stroller with a pumpkin along with other women pushing their cats (in tiny kitten clothes of course) in strollers. Maybe the sling was the better idea!
Knife, fork and spoon? That’s all you got?
Jeez, I’m so sad for your pumpkin. All of the others enjoyed a fun pumpkin destiny.
Yours did not.
And you claim to love pumpkin? Methinks you hate the pumpkin. You make it cry.
A pumpkin can’t cry!!!
Keep the faith, Sana.
Actually it was the happiest pumpkin there!
I beg to differ.
Dang, GOMI peeps gettin desperate lately.. I don’t like your pumpkin, Kath!!! WAHHHH!
Talk about sad 😛
Molly @ RDexposed says
I’m so tired… carving pumpkins and eating loads of delicious food are exhausting!
Gina @ Running to the Kitchen says
You guys are one creative bunch! I’m pretty much the least artistic person in the entire world and can barely cut out a face let alone ghosts & bats! Looks like a fun time!
Leila @ Spinach and Skittles says
We had a pumpkin carving party this year, too – so much fun! I love the fork, knife and spoon.
Stef @ Living HI says
What a great idea for a get-together! I love seeing all of the carved pumpkins together, such artistic variety.
LOVE those pumpkins, they look awesome! ahhhh slap bracelets – childhood memories (they got banned at my school!) Love the purple-orange colour combo you’ve got going on there, looks fab 🙂
Kelly @ Foodie Fiasco says
I love your food blogger’s pumpkin!
Wow those pumpkins are awesome. What a great fun party idea.
Krystina (Organically Me) says
We carved pumpkins tonight too! A pumpkin carving party sounds so fun. 🙂
It’s Wednesday in Mumbai so Happy Birthday, Kath- wishing you all the best for the year 😀
Hi Kath 😀 have never commented in this website before even though I’ve been visiting it religiously everyday for the past month, having found yours to be one of my favourite blogs (always rely on your oatmeal recipes for my breakfast everyday! YUM 🙂 ) Keep up the good work! Haha & I loove your pattern lol so ingenious! (p/s: that ice-cream looks fabulous!)
Zoe @ loseweightandgainhealth says
This pumpkins look fantastic. I love how you Americans get in to halloween and carve all those pumpkins in to amazing shapes. It is catching on in England but we clearly have a way to go!
I think your apple “crisp” is what we call apple “crumble”. I made on last night for the first time in ages and it was great.
It is Weds morning here – happy birthday 🙂
Emily @ Life on Food says
I love carved pumpkins but I am a complete disaster when it comes to carving. Simple is so good and I laughed out loud when I saw yours. Love it!
What a fun night! I always forget how much fun pumpkin carving is, especially when paired with good friends, food and beer. 🙂
Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning says
Love the pumpkin that stands out from the crowd! Greg and I get really into pumpkin carving and get a little competitive with each other. We’ve had some pretty great ones in the past (last year was our dogs’ faces- it was awesome!)- I’m still trying to decide what to do for this year’s.
Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) says
Last Saturday was a big carving event. We go to the pumpkin patch with a group of friends and then come back to our house to feast, carve and bake! Looks lie a fun festive night!
Hope @ With A Side Of Hope says
I love all of the pumpkins! They look great! It looked like such a fun night with great food, friends, drinks and pumpkin carving! 🙂
Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin says
Haha I guessed yours correctly! They all look good though – there were some talented carvers in that group!
All the pumpkins look so cute together!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! 😀
What a pretty group of pumpkins…so lovely with the lighting!
Kath – I wish you the happiest of birthdays, and a year filled with the best of everything!
Kati @ Around the Plate says
Isn’t carving pumpkins so much fun? We just carved our pumpkins with our boys – had a blast! Loving the silverware pumpkin – cute. 🙂
Erin Shmidt says
I love this idea! Well, anytime you get together for a party is fun. Any tips on starting to home brew? Is it extremely expensive?
It’s not expensive and easy to get started if you bottle it. The kegging method is much harder and you can definitely spend a lot on better equipment.
Katie @ Talk Less, Say More says
How cute! What a fun night!!
You night sounds like so much fun! I love your silverware pumpkin – it’s very “you”. 🙂
Definitely a talented group of pumpkin carvers. They all look great!
[email protected] Broken Cookies Don't Count says
That looks like such fun! I love the photos with the lighted pumpkins…so festive
looks like an awesome party! Beautiful pumpkins. Have you seen Ray Villafane’s carved pumpkins? I saw it in a newspaper yesterday, was amazed. That is sheer pumpkin art (http://villafanestudios.com/gallery)
Jules @ La Petite Maison Verte says
Loved looking at all of the pumpkins, what a talented bunch of artists 🙂 Yours was particularly inspired! Very cute!
Angela (Oh She Glows) says
Happy Birthday Kath! I hope you have a great day in store.
I laughed when I saw your pumpkin…very fun idea to do the cutlery!
This looks so fun!!
I love carving pumpkins, so fun! I haven’t done any this year, but I plan to this weekend. What’s Halloween with out a carved pumpkin and toasted seeds?
Happy Birthday, Kath!
Anne P says
That looks so fun. I love carving pumpkins!
knife and fork idea was the BEST! Adorable! I made a toothy goofy guy this year for my pumpkin…but the best part was that we taught a group of Koreans how to carve a pumpkin for the FIRST time ever! They don’t really celebrate halloween here, so it was super fun to bring on the festivities:)
Andrea (From Seed to Stomach) says
Did you roast all the seeds?!
No, they were contaminated by a rotten pumpkin 🙁
Andrea (From Seed to Stomach) says
aw, that’s such a shame!
J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) says
All of those pumpkins are awesome!!!!!
The apple crisp looks amazing! I just tried to make it and failed miserably 🙁 Can you send me your recipe?? Thanks!
I didn’t make it..
Cait's Plate says
I just want to be friends with your friends! You guys do the best things ever!!
That looks like a great time! All those pumpkins lit up look awesome! I may have to start a pumpkin carving party with my friends next year.
~Christy @ wonderofallthings says
Love the first picture with all the lit pumpkins! Fantastic! What a fun time 🙂 Thanks for sharing it!
Julia H. @ The Petite Spiel says
Wow, those all came out REALLY good! Yours is the best, of course…so food-blogger!
Ka-yute 🙂 I love the first picture!