Saturday morning, we had pumpkin pancakes (they sound much more charming and delicious than they actually were - anyone have a better recipe?) and this is the reason why. The night before we had ourselves a little healthy competition, but it didn't start out like that.
If someone had asked me to throw a party for 50 people, I would have laughed and asked them, "where?"
On my driveway.
I invited 12 families to our house and only one of them was unable to attend. I told them I would supply each family with one pumpkin and drinks. They needed to provide tools (knives, patterns, drills - not kidding) and a treat to share. Winner took home winning pumpkin and leftover treats they brought - ha ha. Winner actually took home a bucket of Dove Chocolates.
Isabella, Danielle, Joe, & Madison H*
Cole M*, Josh J*, David M*
Luke, Jason, & Roarke B*; Lupita B* ... carving the eventual winning pumpkin.
Ashley and Stacey M*
The house in all its carving glory.
Tiffany S*, Tracy B*, Danielle J*
Some of the other's monkeys. Bunny ears were all the rage that night.
Todd N*, Angela and Jay V*, Brody N*
The finished pumpkins and the carvers (helpers).
Spooky aren't they? The kids voted and, though this picture lacks detail, the pumpkin on the left in the middle row was the ultimate winner.
Though we did not always remain in my driveway because food - like caramel corn, pumpkin roll, brownies, caramel & apples, chocolate-covered pretzels, pumpkin bread, cupcakes ... mmm - were in my dining room and drinks were in a cooler in the garage, my house was able to remain relatively clean. Nothing a quick mopping wouldn't take care of.
Exactly 50 people were in attendance. We had oodles of fun and I'm planning on doing it again next year. All your guests entertain themselves; guys like it because it's a competition, women get to catch up with one another, and kids get to eat themselves sick. What better venue is there?