Happy Halloween!! Our friends had a BYOP party a.k.a.... Bring Your Own.... Pumpkin! Unfortunately I had a bad upper respiratory infection and we weren't able to go as I barely moved from the couch all weekend... miserable when I had so many things I wanted to do. And that whole feeling awful part too.
I still really wanted us to carve our first pumpkin together so once I started feeling better this week we grabbed one and carved it up! I remember watching my mom carve our pumpkins for halloween as a kid.. once I made her do some complicated scary design I found. She wasn't sure it would end up working but it turned out great. And then we would eat toasted pumpkin seeds YUM!
Here is what we did to carve a wonderful pumpkin. I picked out a design here... they were free and had a lot to choose from. We cut an opening in the bottom of the pumpkin... that's right I said bottom, not top like you might expect. This makes it easier to put in a candle and repeatedly light it/blow it out OR in our case switch on and off the fake tea lights :) With the old method you have to reach your arm into the pumpkin top making it more difficult. We did this using our big chopping knife since it would take forever with the pumpkin saw. When cutting the opening we cut a notch so we would be able to pull the bottom out easily.
Then you scrape out all of the insides (stringy stuff and seeds) while separating the seeds if you would like to make Toasted Pumpkin Seeds (super easy - post on that coming soon). Now you are ready to carve.
Linking to these parties:
(M) Making the World Cuter Mondays, Making Monday Marvelous, Just Something I Whipped Up, The DIY Showoff, Mad Skills, (T) Today's Creative Blog, All Thingz Related, (W) Whatever Goes Wednesday, Spotlight Yourself @ It's So Very Cheri, Creations by Kara, Blue Cricket Design, (Th) Hooking up w/HoH, Somewhat Simple, Get Your Craft On Thursday, (F) Remodelaholics Anonymous, JAG Show and Share Day, Frugalicious Friday, FrouFrouDecor, Fingerprints on the Fridge, (S) Weekend Wrap Up Party, Weekend Wander, (Su) Sunday Showcase Party, Sundae Scoop