• Kate Bonderman

Pumpkins and Pals 2020

Updated: Oct 14, 2020

A parking lot pop up pumpkin patch + local makers market (pandemic style)

This year for Pumpkins and Pals we packed as many local vendors into our parking lot as our covid restrictions would allow- following social distancing guidelines, making sure we had masks and plenty of hand sanitizer throughout our pop up just meant a few extra steps in preparation for our day- and it was worth it! It was so wonderful to have support from the community! Thank you to the small businesses whose parking lot we took over for this day; Anthem Bridal @anthembridal, The Beauty Bungalow @the.beautybungalow, Simplified Celebrations @flowermoney and The Mint Salon @themintsalon (which is also home to Luxe Tans by Tiffany) @luxe.tansbytiffany - all female owned, and all gracious hostesses to this annual event! Also have to give a huge thank you to Hope Church for letting us use their lot for parking! We couldn’t do this without a place to party!

This year we brought some cute event lighting for our pop up- thanks to the beautiful work of Horse Heaven Hills Farm Tables-not only do they rent out beautiful event tables and benches, they also provide lighting and cocktail tables for your soirée as well! We may have to extend our shopping hours next season just to enjoy the beautiful cafe lighting!

This year our Pop-Up Pumpkin Patch was sponsored by In-Season Produce- who not only set up the cutest little parking lot patch ever- sold a variety of handmade goods and items as well as filling our pop up with plenty of beautiful pumpkins! Located on Court Street in Pasco- this produce stand is open 10-6 daily- and has just about anything you could want in a produce stand, including the occasional food truck! If you missed them at this years Pumpkins and Pals- go down to their spot and check them out when they re-open this spring! They have everything they sell from butter to honey to bread and of course produce, is locally sourced!

We invited back the sweetest handletter lady we know, Sincerely Anna Shabak- @sincerelyannashabak who setup shop next to our pumpkin patch so guests could pick out a Pumpkin or one of her beautiful hand made crafts- and have their favorite fall saying (or last name) beautifully inscribed on them! I keep my “The Bondermans” pumpkin on my porch until I’m ready for Christmas! It’s a staple of the events and I get one every year!

This year we had a few new amazing artists and crafters join us- including macrame artist Katie Hall of Fiber and Craft @fiber.and.craft who brought a beautiful collection of macrame designs and crafts! Jewelry designer Ana Ramirez of LOBA @lobaplusco had her stunning hand poured resin goods and small batch metal + clay jewelry, along with Water Color Artist Aislinn Kalstad from @watered.down.art- who had an array of hand painted note pads, greeting cards, water color prints and an adorable collection of painted pots! All of these women were new additions to our pop up and we were so honored and excited to have them be a part of this day!

Hostess + Co-Organizer of this fab event is Chandra Christenson of Simplified Celebrations @flowermoney - brought our trendy dried floral + pampass grass arrangements of our dreams to life this year- along with her famous “punkulents“ (succulents pumpkins) and beautiful dried hoop wreaths- she was one of the many vendors who sold out at this years pop up with her designs! For your fresh flower fix this year we welcomed Dahlia farmer Shelby Gamache of Columbia River Dahlias @columbiariverdahlias to bring us beautiful fresh dahlia boquets- she was definitely a favorite also, and next year we will have to make sure she has even more blooms to go around! Shelby has an adorable Dahlia Farm Stand open daily at her Dahlia Farm in Kennewick! She also sells tubers so get ready for the sale if you’re wanting to try and grow some of these beautiful dahlias on your own!

We of course invited back the cutest mobile boutique around- Theory Boutique @shop.theory always has the trendiest styles and happens to have the sweetest shop owner around -Breanna Arneson! With some festive Halloween inspired balloons from @poshpartybebes- we dressed her up real cute for her big day! Posh Party Stylist Kate Bonderman was our event Co-Organizer and resident soirée stylist, bringing a ton of fun balloon elements this year- along with a socially distant selfie station for guests to wear a mask and strike a pose!

We also brought back woodworking designer Ryan Hedquist of H5 Designs @h5designs509 who brought an amazing collection of upcycled wood crafts including handmade knives, bottle openers, cutting boards, cribbage boards, pens and other handcrafted items- sharing his side of the block with new vendors like Dandelion Wishes Candle Co. @dandelionwishescandleco - luxurious scents in wax melts and hand poured soy candles, (my faves are caramel tobacco and lumberjack) and South Pine Gift Co. @southpinegiftco with her beautiful curated gift and lifestyle boxes for any occasion- packed with locally sourced as well as seasonal items- making gift giving easier than ever!

Another new face this year was an adorable local mobile coffee stand - 509 Coffee Co. @509coffeeco let us doll her up with some more balloons and spent the day slingin drinks for market goers- she was a huge hit! Couldn’t have a pop up without our fave restored + rentable Aloha trailer The Rambling Rose @ramblingrosestyling dubbed the cutest little styling space on the go- belongs to one the events main boss babes Lyndsay Rodgers (also owner of @themintsalon) and is the perfect hair and makeup station for a fun GNO- or your wedding day! We always love to dress up this little gem any chance we get And this year we went with a fun bat installation for Halloween! We also had The Ciao Wagon mobile bistro @theciaowagon stop by and serve up some delicious Mediterranean dishes out of their cute little food truck- gyros, and the ever popular mac n cheese was perfect grub for market goers to grab on the go!

The sweet treats section at our pop up was definitely a popular place to be- and it’s no wonder when we bring in fun new vendors like Pochitas Candy @pochitascandy - sweet and tangy candy assortments and The Paw Techs, @thepawtechs (mobile grooming service) where you could pick up a “pupcake” or “chicken pup pie” for your favorite four legged friend! Guests loved the delicious and adorable fall themed cookies from our new friend Kristel over at Kinderkakery @kinderkakery - who joined one of pumpkins and pals fave people Chef Megan Savely of Frost Me sweet @frostmesweet -served up everything from mini cakes, hand pies, cupcakes and a ton of decadent fall desserts, Frost Me Sweet Bistro just opened up for brunch with a brand new menu and bottomless mimosas so make sure if you missed her at the pop up that you head to Richland and check her out!

This year our family + friends mini photography sessions were lucky enough to have Kate Ensign of Ensign Photography @ensignphotography and a beautiful pamapass grass backdrop styled by Posh Party Bebes for our fall photo ops! These sessions are pre-sold every year and we love having a talented new photographer each season!

Last but not least we invited Love On the Go @love.on.the.go and her new CHEERS rentable beverage truck to be host of our complimentary water station- this beautiful light up DIY mobile beverage trailor comes with taps on the back (with internal keg hook ups in the bed) 3 ice containers + a cooler on the hitch! Perfect for your next outdoor party or rustic wedding!

Check out the full list of 2020 vendors and if you’re interested in applying for a spot at Pumpkins and Pals 2021 head to poshpartybebes.com or simplifiedcelebrations.com and fill out an inquiry! Applications for the upcoming spring and next years fall event will be posted soon!

Special Thank you to our volunteers!

Brenda Meads

Crystal Galloway

Ashlee Heiman


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