It’s pumpkin time! That means pumpkin seeds, pumpkin lattes, and pumpkin decorations. My wife’s alma mater, Bay Path College, held the 3rd Annual Carpe Diem Dash to benefit their scholarship fund. A good friend of hers is the president of the Alumni Association, so we chipped in to help out (manning the water stations, not running). I was also able to help with the decorations by painting pumpkins.
We went to the awesome farm that supplied the veggies for our wedding, Gooseberry Farms (http://www.farmfresh.org/food/farm.php?farm=1997), and they gave us an amazing deal on tons of pumpkins, gourds, hay, and a crazy-looking hubbard squash (grey food- who knew?). I took some of the biggest ones and used Sharpies and acrylic craft paint to decorate them with “Carpe Diem” (the college’s motto- long before “Dead Poet’s Society“) and this year’s theme: “Be Bold”.
The Sharpies and craft paint weren’t necessarily the best choices. The Sharpies colored well but have such narrow strokes that I couldn’t do much other than write with them. The black craft paint was great- it went on smoothly, stayed where I put it, and covered really well. The pink was another story. It went on really light (not opaque like the black) but when I tried to do a second coat, even after letting it dry, it wiped off the first coat in some places. I had to go over it a few times, and even then I didn’t get the really “bold” color I was hoping for. I think there are other things that would have worked better to decorate them. Paint markers, maybe?
I still think they made for great decorations, especially the way our friend arranged them. I like that crazy hubbard squash the best. But the real best part… they came home with us and are now decorating our front steps.