For months now, home decor and craft stores have been filled with items to help decorate for fall, but why not turn to nature for your decor needs?
Clear glass jars, vases and apothecary jars make great decor, when filled with a bounty of mixed nuts in their shells and make a interesting focal point. Sprinkle a few fall leaves and scatter some nuts about the base, and you have an edible vignette; add a candle or two, and you have a great centerpiece.
Magazines are filled with clever ideas that can enhance your home’s fall decor. You can create an entire centerpiece of serving bowls using pumpkins, squashes and gourds.
If you are serving a hearty soup this season, why not carve out a large pumpkin and use the pumpkin as a soup tureen? You can use smaller pumpkins can be used as soup bowls. If the smaller pumpkins have stems, keep the top as a lid to keep soup hot and as an attractive addition to the decor.
Small to medium pumpkins and other squashes make great containers for dips and sauces that you are serving. If you want to make a project of it, lightly carve these squashes in creative designs, once they are hollowed out. Do not carve too deeply; just remove the skin portion and a small amount of the flesh of the squash for affect. With some supervision, the kids can make designs with tissue paper patterns and special carving tools.
A pair of colorful, tapered candles set in a pair of slightly hollowed-out squashes make an interesting addition to any table. Add some fall leaves or juniper or other evergreen branches to truly bring in the outdoors.
If you have a sturdy container, and a small branch with or without leaves in an interesting shape, you can create a small vignette around the branch. By adding some candles or votives you add some warmth to the setting. Bring out some of your favorite small ceramics or silver serving pieces you can personalize the space.
You can make a good use of some of your old favorite photographs from past fall adventures. Scan your photos into a black and white format and frame them in black frames with white mats. Keep to a fall theme and set them on a table for all to remember and enjoy. If you are having a party, you could collect photos from those attending and surprise them with old photos of them at a memorable football game, bon fire or hay ride. If you are entertaining multi-generational groups, it would be interesting to all to see that while styles may change, or not, fun times and activities tend to remain constant.