Pumpkin inspiration for your fall festivities

Pumpkin decorating is a tradition in my family. Ever since I can remember, October has meant a trip to the pumpkin patch, a night carving (or painting) a pumpkin, and the excitement of seeing the completed project on the porch. The fond autumn memories I have make it something I wanted to ensure my children get to experience, too.

We recently decorated this year’s pumpkins, and were excited to welcome our 16-month-old into the mix. Right before his evening bath, we set him in front of a plate of paint and gave him a pumpkin. He went to town. And by “went to town,” I mean he literally slapped the pumpkin over and over again while squealing in delight.

After the little guy went to bed, Byron and I had a pumpkin-filled “date night” of sorts. We ate pumpkin cookies, lit a pumpkin candle, and mixed together a delicious pumpkin cocktail (recipe below) – all while painting our creations.

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Here are the finished products:

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Russell’s Hand-Slap Creation
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My Glitter Pumpkin
Byron's Scary Silhouette
Byron’s Scary Silhouette

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And don’t forget to check back later this week for a video tutorial on how to make this fun, melted crayon pumpkin:

Melted Crayon Pumpkin
Melted Crayon Pumpkin

Until then, enjoy this recipe for an easy and delicious fall cocktail. And for those who don’t wish to enjoy the adult version of this drink, there’s a non-alcoholic recipe as well.

What do your pumpkins look like this year?

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