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October 1, 2009
Seasonal or Halloween?
It’s October 1st and I’m dying to get that box of Fall decorations down from the attic, but this year it might not be happening. My challenge has been to decorate, using what I have, and to not spend a dime (well, except on a few pumpkins).
So taking an abundance of butternut squash from our garden, and mixing with decorative balls
And using what I already had on my front porch (planters & water cans)
And adding pumpkins
A fresh tablecloth and garden tomatoes (before I had to shrink my table down to pull up the carpet!)
Pampas grass from an early morning hike
Grocery Outlet $2.99 candles that I had stashed away
I’ve added a hint of Fall to my home, in the places that aren’t too dusty, as the drywall is now in place in our new kitchen!
And painting has begun.
Someone recently emailed me and asked about how to make memories for kids with Fall decorations, without making them too scary. It’s been a long time since I’ve decorated for Halloween (although I’ve never done scary). I’ve changed up my style a bit as I prefer the harvest, pumpkins, and fall colors that take us right into Thanksgiving. I just don’t put too much energy into making things “over the top” I guess you might say.
I don’t think by not decorating for Halloween, that it’s going to affect our kids and their memories. What happens in our home, like dinners and conversations, is what my kids will be remembering. Not the decorations.
My oldest is a senior in high school this year. We keep reminding him of how he is going to miss Mama’s home-cooked meals this time next year!
I’d love to hear if you add a more “seasonal” touch Â or a “Halloween” touch to your decorating?
(If you have a minute, check out these Fall posts for tips and cozy details from Kimba, Melissa, and The Nester!)
Welcome to my home and table! I'm Sandy—lover of food, family, cooking, travel, simple hospitality, and bringing people together. Feasting on Life is when guests come empty-handed, or with a dish, and they bring their story. It all begins the moment we open our door (and hearts). Through great recipes and connection around the table, we become better, stronger, and more courageous people. Feasting on Life is real, and every time we do it, we grow a little more.