-This post was originally posted October 28, 2011-
While this pumpkin painting party was 4 years ago it was so much fun I’m thinking about doing it again!
Last week I hosted a pumpkin painting party for a bunch of friends and their children. The day arrived and we had a total of 9 children 5 and under, plus 6 adults! It was a great time and a very easy party to host.
Here are some of the details of the party:
It was a BYOP party – Bring Your Own Pumpkin.
I was able to purchase paint pot sets on Amazon for a very reasonable price. I already had a bunch of brushes.
I covered the table with large sheets of paper at each spot (plus our table has a plastic cover so kids did not have to worry about spilling paint.)
For goodies, I had warm apple cider on the stove, apple and pumpkin dougnuts and friends brought snacks along as well. There were candy apples, banana bread, a pumpkin cake, egg bites (like mini quiche but way yummier), popcorn and even more!
What made this party so great and easy?
1. Let other’s help! When friends started to ask if they could bring something, I said “sure”! I’m so glad I did, the other moms shared great snacks and all 9 children had plenty to snack on.
2. Make it about the kids – I wanted our kids to have fun and do something fun together. I’m not a big “let’s go get covered in paint” kind-of mom. I’d rather my kids stay clean and leave the messes outside, so for me to allow 9 children to paint pumpkins in our diningroom was a huge feat for me! It made me feel like I won some kind of “great mommy” award, and we all know that didn’t happen; I simply let down my guard and loosened up a bit and everything turned out great!
3. It was cheap! Pumpkins were about $2 each, paint $3.50, cider $3 and snacks $6 (which I overspent on because I was too lazy to make something or try to find something cheaper!)
What fun things do you have planned for the Fall? Are you like me – terrified of messes. Painting is one fun thing that we don’t do often enough, because this mama does not like the mess!