A Pumpkin Carving Fall Party

My family is all coming over today for a fun time of enjoying the fall weather, carving pumpkins, and hopefully watching Michigan beat Michigan State in football! This is our third year of doing this so I guess it's a tradition! I've included our agenda for the day below as well as the menu.  Keep things simple so you don't get stressed out before hand about having company over. And try to do as much ahead of time as possible so you can enjoy the day too!  Clean the house on Thursday night so you get that out of the way. No need to go overboard on the decorations.  A nice Halloween tablecloth, napkins and plates will suffice. Set up the table and decorations the night before. Make the broccoli salad and cabbage salad the night before. Brown the ground beef for the Sloppy Joes the night before.

We'll post pictures later so you can see all the madness.  Happy fall!

8:00am - Sleep in so you are well rested and can enjoy all the festivities. Get up and take the boys for their morning walk.
9:00am - Throw the soup and Sloppy Joes in the crock pots. The house will start smelling wonderful and you don't have to worry about lunch until the last minute.
10:30am - Company starts arriving.
10:45am - Head to Caledonia to the pumpkin patch - Orchard Hill Farms.
11:00am - Meet others at the pumpkin patch. Pick out pumpkins, take pictures, enjoy the activities.
12:30pm - Back home - the rest of the company arrives that didn't want to take in the pumpkin patch. Eat lunch and catch up on all the news.
1:30pm - Start carving pumpkins - and don't forget to save the seeds. I'm still looking for a good pumpkin seed recipe.  If anyone has one shoot it my way!
3:30pm - Head over to Night Hawk to watch the football game.
6:30pm - Back home - get the bonfire started and enjoy more conversation around the fire while being amazed at the beautiful stars in the sky.

Lunch Menu (more than enough food - we have 12 coming over - adjust accordingly)
Broccoli Salad
Ramen Noodle Cabbage Salad
Party-in-Your-Mouth Soup (for your vegan/vegetarian friends)
Sloppy Joes
Rolls (courtesy of one of your friends)
Pumpkin Dip (courtesy of one of your friends)
Apples (courtesy of one of your friends)
Hummus, Veggies and Pita Chips (for your healthy/vegan friends)
Peanut Butter Chex Mix
Halloween Candy

Pumpkin carving tools and patterns
Table decorations
2 Crock Pots (borrow one from a neighbor if you only have one)


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