October 23, 2011

A Halloween Party And Pumpkin Carving

My Halloween Party has finally arrived!

The reason I couldn't post until today is that I had an actual party last night that I wanted to use the photos from. It was sort of a pre-Halloween pumpkin carving party. The photos aren't great because I was so busy I kind of forgot to start taking them until half-way through, but I had a really great time and I think everyone else did too. We had dinner, watched Hocus Pocus, and carved some awesome pumpkins!

I did some decorating for the party.

This is what I made for dinner (I didn't get any before pictures) the first photo is of a steak and Guinness pie from my Jamie at Home cook book, and the second is pumpkin and ricotta stuffed giant shell pasta from the October issue of Country Living.

More decor.

Pumpkin carving!

Hot spiced cider on the stove.

The finished product.

And this one is mine!

Thanks for stopping by I hope you had some fun carving pumpkins! To visit more parties head over to A Fanciful Twist.

ps. You may have noticed that my pumpkin here looks the same as the pumpkin in the title photo of my blog. That is because I carve the same face every year on my first pumpkin. Mister B makes fun of me, but it is a pumpkin from the movie Sleepy Hollow and I love it!


  1. What? No Mummy Cat?!
    Just kidding...but his image will firmly be in my mind forever...haha!

    It's a tradition, that Pumpkin! And he's scary as all get-out!!! There is a house next to ours that has that face on a tattered scarecrow body...it's my favorite of all the decorations I've seen...
    All those pumpkins look great...what fun!

    ...and your decor, Alia....perfect and old-wordly...love the jars and spooky cloth!

    I bet the stuffed shells were amazing too...I love pasta!

    Thanks so much for having me!
    Happy Halloween :D

  2. What a marvelous party; I love the food and decor!

  3. Hi there!!

    Thanks for stopping by!! What a lovely party you had last night!!! And your decor was beautiful!! Your food looks delicious!!

    Have a lovely Halloween!!


  4. The food looks fantastic. Yum.

    I love your decor and I can totally relate to forgetting to take pictures. Oops.

    There is nothing wrong with tradition, and if you still love the pumpkin then by all means keep carving him up. :)

    Have a Happy Halloween!!


  5. Alia, heloooooo!! OH WHAT fun!! I am so glad you shared your actual party! The food looks beyond scrumptious! And what is better than pupmkin carving? Nothing I say ;)

    You are such a sweet gal, thank you for all you do!!

    ♥ Vanessa {A Fanciful Twist}

  6. Ooh, yum - your spread was delish! And I totally love your pumpkins too :) They are each so different, which makes for such a pretty display!

    Thanks for coming by my carving party!

    Happy Halloween!

  7. It was well worth the wait for your party! Loved the decorations and those delicious eats. :) I love your pumpkin! We do the same pumpkin each year, too - Jack Skellington. It's tradition and there's nothing wrong with that! Thanks for a great time - hope you'll stop by my party, too!

  8. Looks like lots of fun! I love the Sleepy Hollow pumpkin, too. I always do one each year. Happy Haunting :)

  9. How fun...food, cider, friends and carving jack o lanterns?! I watched Hocus Pocus this weekend too. LOVE all your jars with labels on the front. Please stop by for treats and tea~


    Happy Halloween

  10. knowing that you had a real party made it even better to join.It looked maybe like a Mom or Grandma Party-all the little hands.So much fun and I'm sure good memories made.Come for a visit :)

  11. Gorgeous pumpkins you've got there..... I had a ball at your party :)
    Come visit mine
    Happy Halloween

  12. What a wonderful bunch of carved faces - and the food! Love those orangey lights! Thanx! Do visit us..


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    Hauntingly Yours, Lyndy >^..^<

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  14. Your food looks delish. Party looks fun.

    I love all the pumpkins.

    My granddaughter and I carved a pumpkin the other day, turned out cute.

  15. i love your halloween decor :)
    why not hop over for a spooky tale at my place :
    the more the merrier :)

  16. Oh my that food looks like it was DELISH! I am so hungry hee hee! What a lovely party! Happy Halloween!

  17. I lovved your Sleepy Hollow Pumpkin. How Spooky Awesome. It looks like you had such a wonderful party, and I had the same problem. Late due to hosting an Actual party as well. I am always late though. I am soooo glad I got to make it to your party though, because it was Delicious.
    Please come by and visit for A Mad Halloween Tea party and A Cup or two of Tea...We Would love to have you
    Spells and Wishes
    Wendy from Wonderland

  18. Super fun party !! The pumpkins are amazing !!! And I checked around quite a few site for the Sam doll .. everyone is sold out ! I bought mine a couple years ago. Keep checking this site .. hopefully they will get them back in : http://www.houseofmysterioussecrets.com/product.php?productid=16815&cat=248&page=

  19. Ya'll are very talented pumpkin carvers! I absolutely love yours!

  20. this looks like a terrific party where you didn't forget any detail~

  21. What a fun time... and I'm loving your Jack-O-Lantern Header!

    A Halloween Haunting from an old House deep in the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian