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Pumpkin Carving Party 101 & Carving Kits Giveaway

October 20, 2013

You know it's Fall when . . . PUMPKIN EVERYTHING. I love Autumn. The smell, the changing leaves, delicious and warm desserts, dinners and, of course, pumpkin spice lattes. My favorite part of Fall is pumpkin carving. I am not a pumpkin carving master, but I have so much fun carving with my friends and family. I am a nerd when it comes to fun holidays, so I've compiled a list of ways to have a fun pumpkin carving party not created by an abundance of pins on Pinterest.

This post is packed full of: pumpkin carving party ideas • 4 carving kits giveaway • carving contest details

PUMPKIN CARVING PARTY NECESSITIES
  • Chili for dinner before the carving festivities begin
    • Why? Because it's a great Fall dish.
  • Halloween Music
    • Pandora's halloween station is a little strange this year. Try iTunes or the music stations on your TV. 
  • Apple cider, pumpkin spice lattes and/or Oktoberfest or pumpkin beer 
  • Dessert 
    • Because why wouldn't you eat sweet treats while carving pumpkins?
  • Pumpkin Masters carving kits (duh) 
    • The kits, a strainer for the guts, and a pan for the pumpkin seeds
  • Stapler
    • Stapling the patterns on the pumpkins has been a fool-proof tactic I've used for several years
  • Sink full of water
    • We found out that the easiest way to get the seeds to separate from the guts is to fill the sink with water, dump the guts in and they will come off by themselves, though you may need to pull a little, but it really is effortless. 
  • Cooked pumpkin seeds
    • bake seeds in a single layer with garlic powder and salt or cayenne pepper at 250 degrees for an hour, flipping the seeds every 15 minutes. 

There is no real recipe for pumpkin carving fun, but that's how it goes down in our house. This year we tried out these different kit from Pumpkin Masters:

I bit the bullet and went for the surface carving kit. I don't recommend this one, or maybe I just suck at etching, but it was a little troublesome. The kit definitely works, but I wasn't getting the fine lines and great designs I had hoped for per the pictures on the cover. If you cut too deep, the edges of the tool get in the way and you can't go any deeper. It resembled peeling a potato or carrot. My pumpkin ended up not having much to the design/detail, but at least I tried something different. I also need to scoop a lot more out of the inside to have the design show when lit. 


We did not get around to using the [punch holes name] though I'm tempted to buy another pumpkin so I can try it. I'm one of those weirdos that would rather do a chic design that has nothing to do with Halloween so it looks good in my house. I know, weird. 

Travis, Shannon and Frank had fun doing the traditional patterns and carving techniques. Not much to talk about here because we've probably all done ones like this.

Share a pic of your carving via Instagram or Twitter with #PumpkinMasters2013, submit via the Facebook app or send via email to: social@pumpkinmasters.com to enter for the chance to win one of six prizes, including $5,000 for the Best Pumpkin.

Now it's your turn. I'm giving away a set of 4 Pumpkin Masters carving kits and 2 strobe lights (pictured above). Enter to win in the Raffle Copter below.
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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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