If you like BOOze, like we do, you probably heard about the watermelon keg that was all the rage this summer. Exactly what it sounds like, you clean out a watermelon, add a tap, some alcohol and viola! You’re the hit of the party!
Why limit this to just summer or just watermelons? Why not take the trend into Fall and tap a pumpkin, instead?
If you hadn’t heard about watermelon kegs, this walks you through making one, and tapping kits can be purchased all over the internet (and I would assume most larger liquor stores).
Now, I have not tried this, but as a fan of using pumpkins to serve everything from soup to dip, I don’t see why the thick skin and study wall wouldn’t work every bit as well (if not better) than a watermelon.
Just keep in mind, whatever you place in it will take on a slight pumpkin flavor, so be prepared for that and pick your poison, accordingly.
You could leave your pumpkin plain, paint on a face (or if you’re super careful not to carve out too much, peeling some of the outer skin for changes in color) but I think painting your pumpkin green and making it look like Frankenstein’s monster, would be perfect! The neck bolts offer a perfect place for a tap. A vampire with a tooth tap could be cute, too!
If you’re having kids or non-drinkers at your party, maybe do several; make smaller ones with cider or hot chocolate for those not indulging. I always make a huge pot of hot, mulled apple or cherry cider for our parties, for those who can’t, don’t or chose not to drink (one of my good friends husband had a horribly abusive alcoholic father, and for that reason, he never touched alcohol. He loved having something more festive than soda but non-alcoholic.) Also a great option for the DD in a group to feel more included. However, we also keep a bottle of rum and whiskey or an apple/cherry/cinnamon liqueur set aside, so if people want hard cider, they can mix it their way. Cinnamon whiskey (like Fireball) or apple whiskey (like the new Jim Beam Apple) – even honey whiskey or the pumpkin spice Mrs. Stacks would be great cider mixers, at least how I make mulled cider. If you make mulled cherry cider, as I do every so often, cherry pucker, cinnamon whiskey or vodka, and oddly enough, blackberry whiskey all pair well. If guests are “checking” keys at the door, flavored moonshine might be fun, too (especially when they have the fruit still in them and you get to nom all those spirit-soaked little treats).
Just make sure to clearly label which pumpkin is what (for example, happy faces are kid friendly/alcohol-free, while scary faces are alcohol included) and keep “adult” pumpkins up out of reach of small hands that may not fully understand. We’ve always made our parties kid-friendly until a certain time (usually from 6-8, when there’s a better chance of trick-or-treaters), and adults only after 8 (chances are, that’s about bedtime any way, so it gives parents an easy way to leave without feeling rude). Set up a special kid friendly zone with games, crafts and age-appropriate “scary” movies (“The Great Pumpkin”, for example) and keep their special kegs of hot cocoa or cider in that area. Of course, if you have any concerns, make them all non-alcoholic and provide mixers in a cabinet with a child lock or a “secret” spot kids aren’t allowed in.
Have you tried this? Would you? Let us know if you do!
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All these blogs have additional links, to other Glitter Fantasy posts – for example,
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has a link for tons of pumpkin recipes and
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has some awesome scary stories, in an additional link. Make sure to check them all out, and get your Halloween fix, Glitter Fantasy style!
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