The crisp, chilly fall air is making its way across the country, bringing with it shorter days, richly colored autumn leaves, and of course pumpkins.
A pumpkin carving party is a fun and festive way to bring your friends and family members together this fall. Here is how you can host the ultimate pumpkin carving party and celebrate the changing seasons:
Provide Plenty of Fun Templates and Supplies
You cannot carve a pumpkin without a well-stocked carving kit! Supply your party guests with plenty of tools and supplies for cutting through the pumpkin’s thick exterior and scooping out the seeds inside. We recommend using a pen to draw the design on before making the first cut. Alternatively, you can poke holes through a paper design so signal where to cut.
Print out a variety of free pumpkin carving templates to provide inspiration and help your guests create their very own masterpieces. Include a handful of classic jack-o-lantern faces, as well as a few other festive shapes like bats, spiders, haunted houses, ghosts, and more.
Supply Festive Fall Treats
It wouldn’t be a true celebration without a selection of tasty treats, would it? Simple snacks like popcorn tossed with maple syrup, sea salt and pumpkin pie spice can make for an easy, festive treat that everyone will love. Baked goods like pumpkin bread and apple cider donuts are always a big hit, too.
To take your snack selection to the next level, serve your treats from a pumpkin! Hollow out a fresh pumpkin then take a sheet of foil and press it up against the inside. This allows you to use your pumpkin as a bowl to serve chips, crackers, or cookies.
Be sure to save the pumpkin seeds after carving the jack-o-lanterns. Toasted pumpkin seeds make a tasty snack for guests. Simply toss the seeds in olive oil, salt and pepper to taste and toast in the oven for a half hour.
Serve Cozy, Warm Autumn Beverages
Fall is one of the best times of the year to enjoy a warm mug of flavorful herbal or spiced tea. The rich, warming flavors can chase away the autumn chill and keep your party guests cozy and comfortable as they carve their pumpkins. To really encourage the festive fall spirit at your pumpkin carving party, serve seasonal flavored teas like Pumpkin Spice Black Tea and Hot Apple Cider Tea. We recommend hollowing out a fresh pumpkin — particularly one that is low and flat for stability — and pouring iced tea directly inside! Add a ladle and extra ice, and you’ll have a memorable, festive party for sure.
Pumpkin Spice Black Tea is rich and full-bodied with zesty notes, reminiscent of freshly baked pumpkin pie. The central pumpkin flavor combines with a blend of autumnal spices, including ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and allspice. Add warm milk, brown sugar, whipped cream, and a sprinkle of cinnamon to create a Pumpkin Spice Tea Latte that your party guests will adore. Tastes like pumpkin pie in a cup!
Hot Apple Cider Tea is naturally caffeine-free, making it a great choice for evening pumpkin-carving parties. The warm flavors of fresh apple, cinnamon cloves, and ginger are the perfect accompaniment to the colors of the harvest season.
Between the cozy and comforting seasonal autumn teas, the tasty and creative fall treats, and the spooky jack-o-lantern templates, you will have everything you need to host the ultimate pumpkin carving party this fall!