We decided to share our family/friend tradition with people in Florida who have welcomed us with open arms. In Australia there is a show that we loved to watch, My Kitchen Rules, the contestants need to grocery shop, prepare their "home restaurant," cook and get ready in a certain amount of time. That was exactly us, we have been running around so busy lately, we didn't have time to do all the pre-party prepping. The pictures below are honestly taken 30 minutes before everyone got to our house.
It all fell together though, we even had a chance to play a game of corn hole before anyone arrived. Like the flannel? (it is really just light cotton, it is the look that counts HA!) I know it is in style this fall, but the only way you can wear it in Florida is around your waist,. It is still pretty warm here. Don't worry we still had pumpkin chili.
I think we all had a little bit of fun. It was nice to have a party again in the backyard, and break out all the old table chairs and games we had in Conway.
Some people may be wondering, why is pumpkin carving so special to me? Years ago, my GrandVol started a tradition with us grandkids. Carving a pumpkin every October. Now, anyone that has been around me for very long, knows I love my GrandVol. He has been gone since 1996, so anything we can do to carry on his traditions, I do.
When GrandVol would carve pumpkins we would have to do the "Pumpkin Dance." Which was everyone line up around the pumpkin and dance around in a circle. I haven't shared that tradition with everyone. I can't let everyone know how crazy my family is, but we made our own version. A competition.
When my cousins and I were in college we would have a competition every year. The competition has continued every place we have lived.
Sunday we had a recovery day! We went to the beach had lunch and remembered pumpkin carving parties in the past. Check out the one we did in Brisbane here.
What is something that you like to share with friends and family?