A Family Pumpkin Party

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Holidays have always been important in our family.  It has been the catalyst for a million good memories, for rounding up the kids as they got older to bring us all together, to allow creativity, and to enjoy good food.

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We brought over all of the pumpkins from our garden (leaving a few for the resident buck) when we moved so our house is positively overflowing with a bountiful crop.  First dibs went to the kids that could venture out to our new house.  Andy and Megan had to work but Shyanne and Dillon, Emily, Bret, and Bret’s sister Becky drove over the river and through the woods to Grammie and Papa’s new homestead to take part in a pumpkin party reminiscent of their childhood.  We were babysitting Maryjane so she was already there to help me greet her parents, aunts, and Shyanne’s boyfriend.

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We served a simple meal of Jack O’Lantern hamburgers and veggie burgers (click for recipe), chips, pickles, and salad.  Cookies and homemade eggnog for dessert.  I was able to enjoy our festivities since everything came together so quickly.

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Becky, Maryjane, and her dad, Bret
Becky, Maryjane, and her dad, Bret
Shyanne and Dillon
Shyanne and Dillon
Maryjane with her parents, Bret and Emily.  Papa is in the back watching the Bronco game!
Maryjane with her parents, Bret and Emily. Papa is in the back watching the Bronco game!
Maryjane then stole Papa's hat and mugged for the camera.  Papa is the real paparazzi!
Maryjane then stole Papa’s hat and mugged for the camera. Papa is the real paparazzi!
Zuzu watches over in her Halloween decoration guise.
Zuzu watches over in her Halloween decoration guise.

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My hostess gift, the children writing on my chalkboard wall.

Parties don’t have to be difficult to pull off.  A few special touches and folks you love help create lifelong holiday memories.

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