Sunday, October 05, 2008

The Pumpkin Patch Party

This post is about a wonderful annual event that takes place in October, hosted by Melinda Smith in Steele, Alabama. Melinda grows the most beautiful pumpkins I have ever seen. And one day out of the year she holds a pumpkin patch party where people are given the opportunity to come and buy some of her bountiful harvest.

The event was yesterday, and my cousin, Connie, and my Aunt Peggy and I went together. We needed some girl time!

Melinda has a wrap around porch which was covered with pumpkins of all shapes and sizes.

She had small pumpkins in buckets.

She has a great house which is set on a breathtaking piece of property.

Underneath this arbor was a large array of delicious salads and desserts made by several talented cooks.

Each table was decorated creatively, and was loaded down with food. (I didn't get my camera out until almost the end of the party. I apologize for that!)

What a unique idea for small pumpkins!

There were tables set with burlap tablecloths and flowers in pumpkin vases.

She provided "sold" signs to place with the pumpkins you claimed. Her prices were very reasonable. I hope I can come close to doing justice in arranging these gorgeous pumpkins once I get them home.

Friendly and professional cashiers and pumpkin handlers were waiting for you once you finished your selections.

Even though Melinda has been hosting this party for several years, this was my first opportunity to be able to go. We had so much fun. I was able to see lots of good friends. My only regret was that I have to wait another year to go back.

Next year I will post about the party in advance so that those of you who live locally will have an opportunity to go!


HB said...

Looks like it was a lovely afternoon. Seems like such a dreamy property! I love the small pumpkins suspended in the iron. Like the burlap for the tablecloths too! Thanks for sharing. Love your blog & your creativity :)

Vickie said...

Thank you hb!
I'm glad you stopped by.

Tammy said...

We used some of Vickie's recipes! This year was the biggest year yet. The weather was pretty.

Susan said...

Hey Vickie, Great post! It was a really fun day and it was so good to see you again! Loved the pictures! :)

Vickie said...

Hi Tammy and Susan,
I'm glad this was the biggest year yet. It was great to see both of you!

Melinda said...

I am so glad you were able to come to my pumpkin party this year. Thanks so much for taking the pictures and posting them. I do enjoy growing pumpkins and having the party. I could not do it without the help of my family and friends. I had an outstanding turn out this year. It will only get bigger and better next year.

Vickie said...

Hi Melinda!
I'm glad I was able to come. too, and I enjoyed taking the pictures. I am looking forward to next year!

Tammy said...

Melinda's pumpkin party is always a smashing hit and this year was no exception. It looked like a southern living event and really should have had a spot in the magazine's fall issue!! The pumpkins and gourds are unique and those I bought have made an awesome display at my house. Melinda is AMAZING and so talented. I can't wait until next year. A big thanks to her for all the effort she puts into this to make the party so much fun!!!

October 07, 2008 9:38 PM

teachermomof2 said...

How neat! I love the whole idea of it!

I tagged you on my blog...