Make your autumn party picture perfect with some inspired pumpkin carvings, whether you want to wow your guests or just make them laugh.

Monsters, witches and skeletons. Theresa May or your neighbour’s cat. Carving the perfect pumpkin can be so much more than creating a crooked smile. For your autumn parties, you can create pumpkins that really get people excited about the new season and hopefully they’ll make your guests smile too.

Creative pumpkin carving - The Conservatory at Painshill

First of all, think about what kind of event you’re having. If you want a classic halloween party, by all means go for the traditional witches face or ghost. But you can spice it up bit and make people laugh as well. There are several websites with stencils you can use to create a topical scary celebrity. We don’t know about you, but a Donald Trump pumpkin is enough to give us the heebie jeebies. Or perhaps you could take a less political, but equally modern, twist by creating some Harry Potter and Snape carvings.

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The chances are though, you’re not hiring The Conservatory at Painshill for a classic Halloween party this autumn. Maybe it’s a family celebration or a corporate soiree? Think outside the box with pumpkins this year by engraving company logos or family members’ faces into pumpkins. If you’re not sure your skills are up to scratch, we can get talented chefs to do the job for you. Give an autumn wedding a twist with carvings of rings, hearts and lovers.

Creative pumpkin carving - The Conservatory at Painshill

If you’re not such a whizz with a carving knife and still want to really show guests how inventive you can be, how about painting your pumpkins with a white background and then turning to the paint palette to create a seasonal masterpiece. Decorate pumpkins with table or seat names. Use them to signpost the bar and the cloakroom.

Creative pumpkin carving - The Conservatory at Painshill

Bring your pumpkins to life with a few accessories. Use pumpkin seeds for teeth and hair. You can glue on spiders for an extra creepy effect. Courgettes can be used as arms and feet and radishes double up as eyes. Use candles and fairy lights inside your pumpkins to bring an atmospheric (and oh-so-flattering) light to the room. If you have time, you can even grow plants in the middle to create wild hair and an amusing garden feature.

Creative pumpkin carving - The Conservatory at Painshill

This may all sound a bit like hard work, though. If you haven’t got much time on your hands, get your guests to do the work for you. You can host a pumpkin creator’s corner, where revellers can showcase their artistic streak by decorating pumpkins however they chose.  Judges can celebrate the most imaginative creations and give spooky prizes to those that come last.

Creative pumpkin carving - The Conservatory at Painshill

Whatever the celebration, pumpkins instantly bring a traditional,  rustic feel to your event. Add it to your menu too with the insides of your pumpkins scooped out and used to make a delicious pumpkin soup. Roasted pumpkin seeds make a nutritious and seasonal snack. And of course, there’s pumpkin pie – perfect for Thanksgiving dinners and any other autumn spread. This autumn pumpkin carvings are all about treats, with none of the tricks.

Creative pumpkin carving - The Conservatory at Painshill