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The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

A couple of weeks ago, we hosted my youngest daughter’s last Halloween party. To say that I’m sad is an understatement. We’ve hosted a Halloween party since she was in Pre-K. Yes, there were many years that I thought to myself, “Why in the world did I start this tradition?” but in the end I am ever so glad that we continued it. Parents of young children, heck, even older children, I strongly urge you to start some sort of tradition with your kids. Now, it doesn’t have to be a party, it can be anything, just something that they look forward to every year and that they will look back on as a good memory. I promise you that you won’t regret it.

Grayson has always loved Charlie Brown, so she really wanted to do a “The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” party.

This party theme was actually pretty easy to pull off with minimal costs. Of course, it started with the invitation that was Charlie Brown themed.

We opted to do a dinner and movie kind of thing. You guessed, it the movie was “The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.” We set up our projector and outdoor screen and lots of blankets. The outdoor screen was made of PVC pipe and a white king-sized bedsheet. We found the directions on Pinterest. Click the link to build your own outdoor movie screen. The only thing we did different was the bed sheet rather than purchasing the material for the screen. 

Grayson had a whole vision for this outdoor movie night. She wanted café lights for the lighting, so I ordered a few boxes and we strung them near the movie area. Just an FYI, I try to make or repurpose as many things as I can, but when I do have to purchase things, I try to make the purchase count, like the café lights. I know without a doubt that they are something I will reuse over and over again. For example, I know we will use them at our Friendsgiving celebration.

For the dinner, we served chili, a veggie tray, and other small finger foods. During the movie, we set up a popcorn bar. Guests were able to scoop their popcorn and add whatever they wanted like candy corn, M&M’s and pretzels. That was a big hit! 

Also, Grayson made a Charlie Brown-themed banner for photos.

She did this with Linus picture she enlarged on the printer, cut out stars from her Silhouette and a twin-sized bedsheet.

The party was a big hit and the weather was perfect. I couldn’t have asked for anything better for her last party.

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