A Pinterest Party with Pumpkins
October 20th, 2012
Well, I did it. I had a birthday party for my daughter. I’ve avoided birthday parties until this year but I knew that she wanted one to mark The Big Four. So, we invited several families from our church and Josh’s best friend and headed to a local pumpkin patch — because we all know how much I love pumpkin patches.
That’s the great thing about Miss Mouse only being four. I didn’t feel a huge need to consult her on the details of her party. I let her broadly define her guest list, giving her the choice of “church friends” vs. “school friends” and pretty much did the rest.
I knew she’d have fun with what I planned and since it was an outdoor fall fete I felt totally justified in a harvest theme (rather than, say, a princess theme…).
I’ve never spent a huge amount of time pinning, but I wanted some inspiration on fall/Halloween edible goodies for the party so I poked around a bit. Okay, fine, I spent multiple hours glued to my computer screen, utterly entranced by visions of pumpkin cupcakes and Oreo bat cookies. But the results were terrific!
Exhibit A: Cupcakes in a Jar. Love love love. Plus, you had to eat them with a spoon which cut down on mess.
Here’s the whole spread. Cupcakes in a jar, mummy juice boxes, frosted sugar cookies, home-made chex mix, and meat/cheese skewers on Halloween picks. The juice boxes were a lot of work but so cute. You wrap your juice box in white duct tape, then glue on googly eyes.
The take-home “favor” was home-made caramel apples because I’m just not a fan of sending every kiddo home with a bag of cheap toys and candy. If I’m going to dole out sugar, it’s gonna be something snazzy.
The treats were a hit and the day was a blast. The kids ate and frolicked and picked pumpkins and totally ignored the fact that it was 50 degrees, cloudy, and windy. A successful first party!