Add Some Fall Flair from Nature
Use flowers—dried and fresh—to create an autumn tableau. Fall is the time when we reap the harvest and glean its bounty for winter, so things like wheat, dried fruits, and nuts are usually abundant in a fall-themed display. Whether you’re having a party or decorating a space that passersby can enjoy, think of fresh outdoor farmers’ markets for inspiration.
- Fresh Flowers are always a must and create the most dazzling displays. Use chrysanthemums, dahlias, asters, marigolds, celosia, flowering kale, dianthus, and goldenrod to create colorful arrangements.
- Dried flowers are also wonderful for autumnal bouquets: whether you’re looking to create a wreath for a door or a broom to hang on the wall, use dried leaves and even berries for DIY crafts.
- Berries, especially cranberries, are beautiful this time of year. Don’t forget about pomegranates and persimmons, too!
- Bowls of fruits and nuts are must-haves for any fall-themed spread.
- Pumpkins, gourds, ears of corn, and apples all help to create a magical autumnal display. It wouldn’t be fall without pumpkin picking and apples to make delicious cider.
- Whether pumpkins are carved into Jack-o-Lanterns or painted bright colors, there’s a myriad of ways to use them as decoration.
- Funky foliage, dried leaves: Plants with a lot of foliage—including tall purple fountain grass and cattails—make any front porch or dining room table inviting.
- Spices such as cinnamon and pumpkin spice fill the air (and our coffees) this time of year. Add a sprig of cinnamon or even vanilla as a garnish to your autumn dinner table and to your floral arrangements as well.
- Acorns and pinecones: use natural decorations to embellish any space for fall. Bowls of pinecones painted silver and gold are absolutely beautiful and can be used later as Christmas decorations.
Decorating outdoors during the fall is wonderful fun. Whether you’re going for a hayride, sitting around a bonfire on a chilly evening telling ghost stories, or making a scarecrow, don’t forget these special additions for Halloween, Samhain, and Día De Los Muertos.
- Candles for an altar, scented candles, candelabras, etc.
- Sugar skulls
- Candy corns and other Halloween candies
- Barrels and crocks filled with flowers. Try non-traditional vessels for your flowers, such as watering cans and old wooden barrels.
- Small bales of hay are ideal for photo ops and for use as seats (especially around a bonfire). Even something as rustic as an old wagon wheel really makes a shabby-chic statement!
- A cornucopia or horn of plenty filled with dried fruits is one of the most popular symbols of the season.
Autumn is the time for pumpkin spice and everything nice, and the best kind of décor is edible! Apple cider, freshly baked pumpkin and sweet potato pies, caramel apples, and homemade candy (such as chocolate fudge and peanut brittle) are all yummy additions to any dessert table. Don’t forget to decorate your spread with freshly picked sunflowers and/or funky ornamental pepper plants. Some other common items you may find around Halloween include things that are used in altars for Día de los Muertos, such as pan de muerto (bread of the dead), papel picado (brightly-colored perforated paper), and salt.