Every year friends of ours have a fall picnic at the beginning of October complete with a hayride and plenty of good times with friends. This year we had really warm weather which allowed the kids play hide and seek long after the sun went down and flashlights were needed.
Sidney was even able to make an appearance this year. I think he’s only been able to make it to the party two other times in all of these years we’ve been together. I almost squealed when he sent me the text that he was heading to the party. Another great thing about the party is that it’s a potluck so there’s a lot of yummy choices! Also I’m totally crushing on these amazing shots my friend grabbed of the kids and me.
I love making food for potlucks and usually pick something different each time I go. I love the chance to make fun party food I don’t make any other time. I really wish I could take credit for this. I’m simply not that creative. I was browsing on Pinterest when I saw some really cute ways people decorated little pumpkins from strawberries, oreos, and several other things but these adorable little Oreo pumpkins from Lil Luna caught my eye. They’re cute and silly and I knew Birdie would love to help make some to decorate the top of our dirt we were making for the potluck. Bonus, the pumpkins wouldn’t require me to make anything but I would just need to grab a few supplies from the store.
As for the dirt, well it’s just the classic version that people have been making for ages. So I’m not sharing anything new just a festive spin on some seasonal decorations. I filled one large trifle dish with the dirt but little individual cups each topped with an Oreo pumpkin would be adorable for Halloween parties for kids or kids at heart. Honestly, the coated Oreo cookies are super yummy so if everyone had their own it could only spread more joy right?! For the trifle, I only used seven Oreo pumpkins to make it look full and used some canned vanilla frosting dyed green to create the “vines” in the “pumpkin patch”. I know my piping is terrible but I just cut the corner off of a plastic bag plus I figured the decorations would be wrecked as soon as it gets dished up so I wasn’t too concerned.
- Orange colored candy melts
- Green sprinkles or mini M&Ms for stems
- Large and small candy eyeballs
- Black frosting – I found a squirt bottle of cookie frosting at Walmart that made for easy decorating
- White sprinkles for the teeth
- Melt candy melts according to package instructions.
- Dip oreos in melted candy coating until entire Oreo is coated. Set coated Oreo on parchment or wax paper lined sheet pan. Decorate with stem and candy eyeballs. Allow everything to set.
- Using black frosting, create a mouth then decorate with white sprinkles for teeth. Allow to set.
Note: For a step by step instructions with pictures, check out the original at Lil Luna.
- 1 package Oreos
- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 4 tablespoons butter, softened
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 2 3.4 ounce packages instant chocolate pudding
- 4 cups milk
- 8 ounce container Cool Whip, thawed
- In a food processor, process oreos to a fine crumb. Alternatively, you could use a Ziploc bag with a rolling pin to crush the cookies.
- Mix together milk and chocolate pudding and set aside for at least five minutes. Meanwhile, beat together cream cheese and butter in an electric mixer. Add in powdered sugar until fluffy.
- Fold cream cheese mixture into pudding. Fold Cool Whip into pudding and cream cheese mixture.
- Assemble the dirt in a pan, trifle dish, individual cups or whatever your heart desires. Layer the dessert beginning and ending with cookie crumbs. Refrigerate for at least four hours.
- Decorate the top of the dirt with pumpkin Oreos and piped green dyed vanilla frosting to create vines. Traditionally, you can use gummy worms to decorate the top.