Friday, October 19, 2012

Preparing for the Great Pumpkin


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Linus: He'll come here because I have the most sincere pumpkin patch and he respects sincerity.

Sally Brown: Do you really think he will come?

Linus: Tonight the Great Pumpkin will rise out of the pumpkin patch. He flies through the air and brings toys to all the children of the world.

Sally Brown: That's a good story.

Linus: You don't believe the story of the Great Pumpkin? I thought little girls always believed everything that was told to them. I thought little girls were innocent and trusting.

Sally Brown: Welcome to the 20th century!
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We're having a party tonight in celebration of the Great Pumpkin!  Okay, we're really having it as an excuse to try out a bunch of different pumpkin ales.  Josh and I have been eyeing all the different holiday beers since the beginning of September.  We originally were planning on just getting a bunch of different brands and trying them, but we realized that just the two of us downing a few six packs, alone, could result in two very inebriated people.  So we decided to add a few others to the mix, therefore distributing our inebriation with people we like.

In the spirit of, well, spirits, Josh wanted to make the evening a blind taste testing of the five different brews we picked. He figured out a fairly ingenious way of making sure none of us knew which beers we were tasting.

The plan is that one of us will take out a bottle of each brew and cover over the label with a paper sleeve.  That person will also have to pop the cap off the top in order to keep the second person from seeing the brewing company logo.  Each paper covering will be labeled with a number from 1 thru 5.  Person one will write down the corresponding brew to the number, put it in their pocket, and leave.

Then, person number two will come in and pick which numbered beer will go with which Peanuts character. Each taste testing cup will be labeled with a Peanuts character. They will pour the bottles into their corresponding character taste-testing cup, write down which character was which number, and then serve!


Here's a picture of the paper our guest will use to first rate each beer, independently of the others.  Then, they will rank their three favorites.  The beer with the most favorite votes wins!

I wanted to show you how I made the taste testing cups, because, honestly, I'm pretty proud of myself :)  I found some pictures of the five characters and then inserted the image multiple times on Word, sizing them down to about one inch tall.

I happened to have a circle punch that was just the right size, so I fortunately just had to punch the images out instead of cutting each one by hand.


The original plan was to make sleeves for the cups, but Josh wanted to put the images on the bottom of the cups for a fun surprise after each taste test. It was also going to be a lot easier for me, so I ran with it.

I'm really glad I did, because I think it turned out super cute.


Here's how I did it: mod podge the bottom of the dixie cup, place the image facing towards the cup, then mod podge over again to make the image stay. Let it dry, and then they were ready to go!


The best part about this little project is that I was able to complete it within an hour, all the while still being able to play super mom to one very busy nine month old.


What do you think? I'm pretty proud of how they turned out, and I'm really excited to use them tonight!  I'll let you know who the winner is on Monday!

Have a great weekend, and keep an eye out for the Great Pumpkin!

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