Outdoor Living: Tips for Hosting a Pumpkin Carving Party

by Renee Marie Jordan 11/21/2021

There are a few basics to throwing a party: make sure your guests are comfortable, ensure you have enough to eat and drink, maintain the right atmosphere, etc. But what about a themed party—and not just one for costumes? What if everyone were there to get into the fall spirit and carve pumpkins?

That’s right! Parties are a great way to share fun activities with loved ones while learning a few things along the way. Here are a few key pointers to remember when throwing your pumpkin carving party.

Tools and Supplies

The first thing you’ll need is a pumpkin. Pumpkins vary in size, weight, type and color, and some are better than others for carving.

While you can get smaller pumpkins, stay on the side of cantaloupe-sized for the smaller variety. If you want a traditional pumpkin carving, go for one of the larger ones. Just keep in mind that the size of the pumpkin will directly affect the amount of cleanup you have to deal with after the party. Likewise, you can also task guests with bringing their own pumpkins to ensure they have the size, shape and color they want.

Next, bring in the carving tools. You can buy kits specifically designed for pumpkin carving or do a quick search at your local kitchenware store for carving knives. Make sure you use a knife or carving utensil that’s comfortable in your hand and fits the contours of your palms and fingers. You’ll also want tools that can be maneuvered well and are sharp enough to cut into the pumpkin. Be sure to incorporate a spoon or other scooping utensil when removing the innards of the pumpkin, especially if making a lantern, and don’t forget the marker to draw the design on the pumpkin’s surface.

Last, it’s time to spruce up your squash. Some folks like to paint the exterior of their pumpkin after carving to give it more depth. Others enjoy using crafting supplies to make the outside more unique. Another group may enjoy just leaving a tea light inside the pumpkin and moving on to another activity. Regardless of the niche, make sure that you have a wide variety of external decorating tools and supplies available for your guests.


All activities have some level of risk. Pumpkin carving is no different. Ensure that tools are properly handled, cutting gloves and protective eye gear are worn and basic first aid materials are available in case someone knicks a finger.

Guests should also have enough room to work on their pumpkin without worrying about interfering with, or possibly knocking over, someone else’s craft. Ensure a five- to six-foot diameter for each station, and set up small trash containers to help with an easier cleanup after.

About the Author

Renee Marie Jordan

Renee Marie Jordan is a Third Generation Realtor®, who started out her career in residential lending. Jordan Real Estate was established by her grandmother, Jean Kotwitz, who was one of the first female real estate brokers in Solano County! The company was then passed down to her mother, Diane Jordan, over 40 years ago. Renee Marie then took over the company 24 years ago and in 2015 joined forces with RE/MAX Gold.   

Regarded as one of Northern California’s most dependable brokers, Renee Marie has gained industry respect for creating a successful brokerage company. Renee Marie’s unique blend of negotiating expertise, innovative thinking and belief that the client always comes first, has resulted in an extensive client base with many satisfied homeowners. Renee Marie specializes in residential sales, first time buyers, short sale properties, luxury properties, investment properties, foreclosures, 1031 exchanges, and has been the HUD specialist for Solano County since 2009.   

Renee Marie gets to the heart of her clients wants and needs. She attributes a great deal of her success to the many referrals she receives from clients who appreciate the care and thoughtfulness she puts into every transaction. Friends and family members can count on the same excellent service when they are referred to Renee Marie.