Friday, November 5, 2010

Our Pumpkin Carving Party - Boo Cups Anyone!

Before Halloween we had a pumpkin carving party for the kids, I just couldn't let the holiday go by without at least a little party.  Having a big party wasn't in the cards this year, but with a few fun things you can keep the cost down and the fun up.  Besides I needed a reason to make some boo cups! 

A tip to keep all the little invitees happy, have something else to do besides carving pumpkins because the pumpkin carving fun wears off fast!  I had a few craft projects for them and whipped out my face paints.  I was the one who got roped into that job every year at every carnival at school, I should of never let it slip I knew how.

Let the daddies step in and finish up all the carving fun when the little ones have had enough.

Make sure and have some fun snacks, cause they work up an appetite doing all that hard work.

Okay I have to tell you my funny nacho story!  My friend calls me up and asks me, "How do you make nachos"?  After we quit laughing; but I'd never do that to you.  I told her, "Open a can"!  She told me she put a huge block of cheese in the crock-pot and it wouldn't melt. We still laugh about it.  Best tip ever, buy those plastic liners for the crock-pot when you are melting cheese, ever scrubbed cheese out of a crock-pot, it's so not fun!

Boo Cups:
2 boxes powdered chocolate pudding mix
1 pint heavy whipping cream, stiffly beaten
20 Oreo cookies, crushed
Gummy worms for garnish

Make pudding mix per directions.  Place Oreos in a Ziploc bag and crush.  Combine pudding, Oreos, and whipped cream and place in small cups.   Top each cup with a few gummy worms.  I've been making these since the kids were little and they still request them.

Invite lots of cute guests, like "Ariel"!


"The Queen of Hearts"!

"An Indian"!

I would've had a costume contest, but they were all so cute! I had to send all of them home with a prize!  A goodie bag filled with candy, so the fun continues for their parents.

I only wish I didn't have to wait until next year to have another carving party!  People tell me all the time they don't entertain, they don't even know where to start, or their house isn't clean enough!  My advice, start small and keep it simple.  If they are coming over to see how clean your house is and not you find some new friends!

Enjoy your weekend;  I can't wait to report back to you with all the festival going ons!



  1. LOVE THIS!!!! Great party, yummy recipe and adorable little guests!!!

  2. How fun!! I love your guest list. Excellent tip on the plastic liner for melting the cheese! Every year my husband makes a queso dip for Super Bowl and every year I swear that I'm just going to throw that mini crock pot away. But we always somehow mange to get it clean and do it all over again.
    Hope you have a great time at the Festival, aren't you headed over there tomorrow? Can't wait to hear about it!

  3. what a fun party!... everything looks so cute.

  4. What a cute idea for a party for the little ones. I love your Boo cups! Have a wonderful time a the Festival:)

  5. Love these photos of the fun time the little ones had, and the great tips!
    I am so envious for all of you guys that are having a blast at the Foodbuzz Festival.
    Have a wonderful time, and we want to know all the details about the foodies, photos, and more photos of the fabulous plasce and foods.
    Have a toast on us, who are left behind...sigh...!
    Cheers to you and all!

  6. I love that skeleton tong used for the taco chips. Nice looking boo cups with that bloody worm. ;-)

  7. Gina, Everything you do is infused with fun, creativity and love! Thank you for sharing your party with us. I loved seeing all of the kids in their costumes. Too adorable. I hope you are having a wonderful weekend full of good eating and laughter!

  8. Gina, what a great party idea! I know my kids would love this and I might have to "steal" this idea for next year :o)

  9. Gina, brillant and creative!

    Thank you visiting us at

  10. The kiddies are so cute! I'll bet they had an incredible time.

    Thanks for the tip about the liner. I think it's excellent for most dishes in a crock pot. Stews always get baked on as the hours go by.

  11. heyy girly! I just found your blog and I love it! All the food looks fantastic! I am a new follower!