Halloween is by far one of my favorite holidays. You get to dress up in costume AND eat candy? I mean what more could you want in life? Plus I just love all the things leading up to Halloween,: visiting the pumpkin patch, pumpkin carving, haunted houses and fall baking. This year I wanted to host a pumpkin carving party with all my friends. The premise was simple, a potluck dinner paired with different pumpkin beers and BYOP (bring your own pumpkin!).
We started the day off with a run to Thies Farm in North County. I always went to Rombach's Farm in Chesterfield as a kid but we decided to try something different this year. We picked out the perfect pumpkins and attempted to get photos of Ellie in the wheel barrow....yeah that was hard. I guess that's how people feel about trying to get their child to look at the camera. I clearly should have brought some treats.
I wanted to keep the party simple. I asked everyone to bring a dish, mostly finger food type things and I made a fall soup. We picked up a bunch of different pumpkin beers from Wine and Cheese Place including Southern Tier Pumpking, Southern Tier's Warlock (my favorite), Boulevard's Funkier Pumpkin and Elysian's The Great Pumpkin. I also really like O'Fallon Brewery's pumpkin and Schlafley's Pumpkin Stout is really yummy!
Once the party got started I really failed at taking any photos. But how about I describe it to you? I bought a bunch of pumpkin carving kits and put those on the table, and obviously I filled the house with as many Halloween decorations as possible. Plus you can't decorate pumpkins without a bowl of candy! I kept the theme of the menu very fall centered. I'm planning a post on the butternut squash dip for later this week, the Irish ale potato cheddar soup was amazing but I took ZERO photos of it. But I can definitely say it will be on rotation of winter recipes because it was super rich and comforting. Then because we didn't want to spend all day in the kitchen, we cheated and my friend Kristin got a pie from Lucky's. Hey, sometimes you can't do it all, am I right?
-Butternut squash goat cheese dip + homemade pita chips (recipe)
-Irish Ale Potato Cheddar Soup (recipe)
-Kemoll's Garlic Cheese Bread
-Apple pie (store bought)
We supplemented with a couple other dips and nibbles, it's all about keeping it simple as you get your hands dirty scooping out those pumpkins. I placed two bowls on the table, one for the guts and the other for seeds, because we are definitely roasting up all those seeds! If there's time at the party, it's a great idea to roast them during the party and then have everyone take home a little bag. Alas....that didn't happen at our party. Too busy laughing and enjoying each others company to get those babies in the oven. Of course when everyone's done, make sure you have tea ligths and a camera to capture everyone's designs. I was super proud of my St. Louis Arch and skyline. Even if it was a little crooked. So my question to you is, what's your go-to pumpkin design? Do you keep it classic? Do something sports themed? Let me know in the comments!
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