I think the last time I actually carved a pumpkin (pre-Doug, that is) was probably when I was about 8. We used to paint our pumpkins because they would last longer and were far less messy (mom was practical, I have to say).
So, the whole pumpkin carving thing, while fun, seems like a lot of work. I never know what to carve and actually get a lot more pleasure out of watching other people create their designs and (literally) dig in. This is a rare thing for me, because I hate to be left out of anything crafty. But in this case I feel that pumpkin carving is better left to the experts.
On Sunday two of my SnB friends, Johnnie and Peggy, had a pumpkin-carving party. It was really fun, and I so loved seeing what each person came up with. Doug wound up carving our pumpkin because he is truly good at it in a way that I can never be. He decided to make a castle with a moon and clouds behind it (on the back side of the pumpkin). Lit up it looks really cool!
And then there were all the others — a cat, some scary faces, a tree.
And, no party put on by Johnnie and Peggy is complete without tons of yummy food! There were spider cupcakes, a pumpkin grave cake, and my favorite — fingers!
Oh, and Atticus the kitten even got into the mood (perhaps wishing he were all black for the occasion??)…