As you all know from my pumpkin project, I get truly excited about these round, orange symbols seen this time of year. After a fun pumpkin picking activity, however, we’re often stumped on ways to utilize them aside from placing them out on the front lawn. Below, That’s SO Jenn’s tips for utilizing pumpkins in your food and decor!
1. Prepare a healthy snack: Scoop out the inside of a pumpkin and gather the seeds. After cleaning/drying them, roast on a baking sheet with various seasonings for a healthy sweet or spicy snack. You can also toss the seeds in salads or use them to crust chicken or fish!
2. Create a tealight holder: Carve the tops out of mini pumpkins and fill them with tea lights or pumpkin scented candles for a unique autumn centerpiece.
3. Spell out a message: Paint an individual letter on a series of large pumpkins to spell out a word or sentence. Place them together in order for all to see: (Try “The ____Residence”, “Happy Halloween”, “Welcome” etc.)
4. Make a drink dispenser: Carve out a very large pumpkin and clean the inside. Puncture a hole for a spigot and push it through the exterior. Fill with your beverage of choice. Check out video instructions here.
5. Create a scavenger hunt: Place mini pumpkins all over your yard with different clues tagged onto the stems. Have kids search for a winning bowl of candy. Make it a grown-up version with a prize of pumpkin liquor!
6. Paint with them: Dip mini pumpkins in red, yellow and orange paint. Make festive autumn prints to hang around the house. Fun for both kids and adults!
7. Turn it into a serving bowl: Hollow out a medium size pumpkin and fill it with dip for your next soiree. Having a dinner party? Bake them in the oven, then serve your pumpkin soup inside the hallowed shell!
8. Grow a mini pumpkin patch: Plant seeds in pots, water them and see if they will grow!
9. Roast up an appetizer: Cut the inside of a sugar pumpkin and substitute it for the butternut squash in this recipe.
10. Use them to weigh down balloons: Tie balloons to pumpkin stems and use them as a double duty decoration to keep them together. Place on table tops, porch steps or around the perimeter of the room for any fall celebration.