Of course, the picture wouldn’t be complete without a patch of bright, orange Jack-O’-Lanterns lining the pathway to our front door. But I’ve got to admit that nothing frightens me quite like the thought of having to clean up the stringy guts of half a dozen pumpkins from my table and floors. Halloweens past, I solved the problem by relegating my carvers to an outdoor patio.
This fall just as I started the task of digging our ghosts and goblins out of the attic, the makers of Mr. Clean made us an offer I couldn’t refuse. Host a Pumpkin Palooza Party (presumably inside) and Mr. Cleaner would help me wipe up the whole mess. An excuse to throw a party and the chance to receive new cleaning supplies? I couldn’t say no.
After inviting a few of our favorite friends, my husband rounded up a basket full of big, round pumpkins and the folks Mr. Clean, shipped us box full of goodies for carving, decorating and cleaning.
On the day of our party, we got an added surprise when a mini Mr. Clean showed up to help us celebrate (sorry that cutie isn’t part of the giveaway, he belongs to a friend). Soon after, the rest of our guests wasted no time putting every available tool to use. Little ones channeled their creativity with easy-to-use, squeezable paints while their older siblings sliced out intricate scenes with the help of stencils from a carving kit. A few kids stuck with tradition, using child-friendly carving tools to slice triangular eyes and wide, toothy grins from their hollowed out pumpkins.
With so much chattering excitement, it was easy to overlook all the slippery, stray seeds littering the floor as we sifted through the innards. Usually, my husband toasts the seeds after soaking them in salted water, but I was eager to try the Honey Roasted Pumpkin Seed recipe that came in our party box. It required a little extra work, but the end result was worth it. My kids gobbled the seeds up by the handful!
Our Pumpkin Palooza Party was a definite success as far as the kids were concerned. The tools made it easy and safe for them to carve their own designs with little to no help. They happily posed next to their finished creations just after inserting the battery-operated lights inside.
And once the last guest left and my own carvers disappeared to play, I grabbed my own goodie bag filled with Mr. Clean and a fresh sponge. From the kitchen counters and table to the hardwood floor, Mr. Clean removed the dirt and grime with minimal effort on my part. In no time at all, I had every surface sparkling clean again (maybe even cleaner than before the party.)
Thanks to Mr. Clean for sponsoring our Pumpkin Palooza Party! For more information about the products we used to clean up, please visit MrClean.com or check out their cleaning tips and demonstrations at youtube.com/MrClean.
We are giving one lucky winner a prize pack full of goodies, including a lovely ceramic pumpkin tureen and ladle to serve up festive floats for all your friends! You will receive: