How to Throw a Pumpkin Carving Party

We don’t care what anybody says; you’re never too old to carve a pumpkin!

It’s a tradition now to host an annual pumpkin carving party to which our guest bring their own pumpkins to carve. We provide everything else: chili, homemade eggnog, cornbread, pumpkin pie, pumpkin carving materials, etc…

Pumpkin Carving Party

Halloween is not my most favorite of holidays, but it’s the one holiday that families generally don’t spend together doing family things which means that the Schaeffers get our friends all to ourselves!

The house!
The front of the house all decorated for Halloween. The glowing lanterns lighting the sidewalk are shaken up glow sticks poured into Mason jars. The two glowing orbs on the porch are drilled pumpkin with orange Christmas lights sticking out of them. Seth made them for me!



Christmas light pumpkin
Finished product!

As this is our fourth year hosting this party, we’ve gotten it down to a more precise science from when we first started. Here’s what we do; hopefully, these tips will make your pumpkin carving party go a little smoother!

To Buy:

  • Food
  • Several large, plastic tablecloths
  • Several pumpkin carving kits (I just buy a couple every year—now, I think I have about 12 sets)
  • A large bag of tea lights

Party Time!

I usually serve chili, salad, cornbread, and pumpkin pie with homemade whipped cream. It would cut down on cleaning time if everyone carved pumpkins outside, but unless you live in, say, San Diego, it’s probably going to be too cold. So, I improvise a little bit; I spread out several large, plastic tablecloths (they’re $1 each at Walmart) on the floor, making sure to overlap them. Then, my guests can carve their pumpkins on the floor to their hearts’ content! After the party, I just throw the tablecloths away, and I haven’t gotten any pumpkin guts on the floor. It really works!

Laying out the tablecloth

Laying out the tablecloth

Also, as the guests are de-guts-ing their pumpkins, I try and set out several bowls just for seeds. I ask my guests to try and sort seeds as they go along. This makes sorting go by much quicker in the long run, so you can roast your yummy pumpkin seeds later.

Pumpkin Carving Party

Pumpkin Carving Party

Pumpkin Carving Party

Pumpkin Carving Party

Love that face!

Pumpkin Carving Party

Pumpkin Carving Party

The perfect cup of coffee

Pumpkin Carving Party

Making of the Coraline pumpkin
I like to use an Exacto knift so I can shade a little better.

Pumpkin Carving Party

Pumpkin Carving Party

Halloween Progressive Dinner

Every year, I buy several pumpkin carving kits, and, as this is our fourth year doing this party, we have about 12 sets the guests can use. I also buy a cheap bag of tea lights so we can light our pumpkins at the end. For pictures, I’ve found that three tea lights per each pumpkin usually yields the right amount of brightness for pictures.

All of us!

Pumpkin Carving Party
Allison’s pumpkin

Pumpkin Carving Party

Coraline-inspired pumpkin!
My Coraline-inspired pumpkin!

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8 Responses to How to Throw a Pumpkin Carving Party

  1. Noelle says:

    I wish I could have been at yours this year, but I am happy to say – because of my experiences the past three years at your parties, mine went flawlessly. <3 u!

  2. Cherry says:

    Nice, fun, informative.

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