Thursday, October 14, 2010

Decorating Tips for Fall/Halloween

I mentioned in my post the other day that I got some really cute decorations from The Scarecrow Festival in Chappell Hill. This is what I got from Texas Trash and Treasure. How precious is this Jack-o-lantern? He is made of tin, hand-painted and if you look close, you can see that the handle is made out of barbed-wire. I had to have him!! He is adorable and how creative??

This is a section of my front porch. Originally, I had a ceramic plant pot on this table. For Halloween I decided to set him on the table outside and put a votive candle in the middle. I will light him up at night and he will be cute and scary! I didn't think it was possible to be both but here we are.....cute and scary....Eddie Munster was cute and scary so that is my final answer.

This little guy is made of tin also. I think he has so much character!  I love, love the florescent colors splattered on both of them. If you look close, he has a hanger on top. You can hang something like this pretty much anywhere, door, trees out in your front yard. You can even add him to a fall wreath. Get creative. I purchased several from the Festival and hung them along my iron gate.

Dont you just love this sign?!?!? This is hung on my walk through gate outside. You can also hang signs like this one on your front door or place it on a table next to a festive bowl of Halloween candy. My favorite part of the sign is the red fingernail.

Now its time to show you what I got from the Farmers Market. Lets take a moment to admire them.......

They are lovely. The gourds have great curved stems on them. Perfect for Halloween and Fall decorating.

No, I did not get him from the Farmers Market. I have had this pumpkin for a few years now.  I think its perfectly fine to use what you have and mix in something new to freshen it up.

I am going to show you how I made my centerpiece for fall in the dinning room so that you can get in the Fall spirit too. First I am starting with a big tray I already have. You can use a bowl, serving platter or anything else you have (remember be creative and use what you already have).

I left some wine corks in the tray for filler. You can add fall leaves for filler or just simply add miniature pumpkins. I place my "faux" pumpkin in the center.

I set the gourds out on the table so that you can get a good look at how big and chunky they are. Fabulous, I just love looking at them!

I started with the bigger gourds placing them in random places. So they can take up most of the space first. You can move them around until you like what you see.

Here I added the medium gourds, paying attention to tilt them and set at different angles. You do not want them all slanting in the same direction. This adds depth to your centerpiece.

Then I added in the rest of the smaller gourds putting them in from largest to smallest. Placing them at angles or stacking them.

If you like a lot of depth you can add some miniture pumpkins in your centerpiece as well. 

Next stop is the kitchen. I like to have subtle touches of fall throughout the house. Words to live by......."less is more", unless you are cooking with butter of course! 

These little cuties are going in the kitchen. Doesnt this make you want some pumpkin bread, or pumpkin pie?? When you decide to decorate with them you need to make sure you use an odd number of items. Here I used 7 pumpkins. There are so many different colors and styles of pumpkins. Try and use different variations so it doesnt look like, just a pile of pumpkins but more like a pretty picture.

I am going to take this cake plate, that I already had and use it as my centerpiece for my kitchen table. I think anything with a pedastool bottom would work beautifully. You absolutely do not have to place this at the table. You can place it on your kitchen counter if you like.

I arranged the pumpkins so that they werent sitting directly on top of one another, facing straight up to the ceiling. That may look boring. If you tilt them just a little on their sides and some straight it will add depth to your arrangement.

 Simple and pretty. Happy Fall.


  1. Love the cake plate. Great use of the pumpkins. Hugs

  2. Astonishing! So festive and creative! I can't wait to decorate for fall. Looking forward to more ideas!