Hello, hello! Uhm, where did September come from? I am usually all over the Pumpkin Party planning, at least six months out – remember last year’s posts? (here, here, here, here and here) This year, though? Haha, yeah. Snuck up on me like a ninja warrior. I can say that I do have a vague plan in my head, so that’s something, right? Last year, we did a Bloody Mary Bar, and it was such a hit that I considered doing it again this year. Check her out (click the picture for the how-to):
Buuut, we got a popcorn machine for Christmas, and I really wanted to do a Popcorn Bar instead, so then I got to thinking about how cool it would be to set up a TV and blankets outside to watch Halloween movies out back (G-rated for the kid’s time, and scary for later) and I’m pretty sure that’s going to happen. Probably need a signature cocktail then, right? After that thought, I started thinking about whether we should do the Candy Station again, because even though it was a big hit, I’m nervous about Jones getting into all the kid’s candy bags this year. Speaking of which, any tips for hosting big parties with new puppies? I can use them!
What I am not giving up is the Chili Bar, because that’s just a given for our annual Pumpkin Party and I don’t want to enrage the masses 😉
So, it’s looking like a Popcorn Bar, Chili Bar, and probably a signature drink and snack station… Food? Check. Drinks? Check. Just need kids activities, decorations and a snack food list. Easy enough, right? Here are some of the kids activities I have in mind this year (click the pictures for the links, these come from my Pumpkin Party Pinterest Board:
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Next up: decorations. I save all of our decorations each year to the next. I have been considering adding felt pumpkins, new fun garland, a cool photo backdrop and some new serving dishes to the rotation though. Here are a few of the decorations from Pumpkin Parties past:
Finally, munchies. I always do 7-layer dip cups because they are a hit, cheese puffs (because, duh), a cheese platter, and then… stalled. I’ll figure it out though. Do you have an annual Halloween party? What’s yours like-scary or fall festive? Do share!