The beautiful fall colors, the crisp autumn air, the festive occasions for gathering friends and family…
As summer transitions into fall, what better time to refresh your home with fun, easy décor and entertaining projects?
And the great news? Fall decorating is simple, inexpensive and it’s not hard to make a big impact thanks to a wide variety of fall floral and décor.
Bring the vibrant colors of the outdoors inside: rich russets, glowing coral, gold, copper browns, bright yellow, and punchy orange. And fill the house with the spicy, comforting scents of fall with apples, cinnamon, pumpkins and cranberries.
Hang out the welcome wreath, bake up a storm in the kitchen, and set the fall table for a festive feast at Thanksgiving or Halloween or simply to ring in the new season – this fall, celebrate in style.
Here’s what we’ll cover in this guide. Click to jump to any section:
- Porch and Patio Décor
- Wreaths & More Door Décor
- Ideas for Mason Jars & Pumpkins
- Tastes of the Season
- Holiday Dinner Tips
- Stunning Tablescapes
Let’s start with what every visitor sees first.
Has your porch been looking a little bare through the summer? As the nights draw in and the temperature drops, warm up your welcome by decorating your porch for fall. You’ve got plenty of ideas to choose from including floral planters, wreaths, and other decorative accessories.
Fill ceramic or metal planters with bundles of fall flowers, branches, and pieces of wood.
Cute and quirky porch sitters are perfect for creating a festive atmosphere on your porch or in your front yard.
And try this wonderful idea from Martha Stewart for an eye-catching fall display – apple votives floating in a metal bucket by your front door (or you could arrange these in bowls on your indoor table).
And when it’s time to head out back, create a festive and inviting backyard with the right mix of furniture, lighting and décor.
A welcome wreath on the front door is the perfect fall embellishment. Use stunning fall shades to create an instant impression that everyone can admire. Use artificial flowers, natural fabrics, and additional pine cones, ribbons, berries and even glittery spray to create your easy-to-make fall wreath.
Burlap is a wonderful fabric for making a fall wreath. Burlap is easy to work with and you can easily accessorize the fabric wreath for fall by adding berries, mini pumpkins, flowers, or Halloween characters.
This one from Dallas Moms Blog is quick to make:
And flowers are always attractive, especially when you use in-season blooms like hydrangeas, mums and sunflowers. Artificial blooms, of course, since you don’t want to be changing drooping flowers every other day.
Silk flowers can be also trimmed and arranged to suit your own style.
Kathy at Petticoat Junktion has an idea for how to snazz up a simple wreath with floral items and an old wooden shutter as a backdrop. Just take a look:
Or why not try a traditional wicker basket filled with the colorful flowers of fall? Kristi from Chatfield Court shows you how with some crisp yellows and oranges:
More Door Décor
The wonderful wreath is not the only fall classic to deck your door this season. Also look at cute and festive welcoming décor like scarecrows, owls, pumpkins, leaves, and harvest corn.
Your aim is to welcome people and give them a taste of the fall hospitality they can expect when they cross the threshold and come inside.
One of the best things about fall décor is the rustic simplicity.
You can jazz up your home using natural, simple materials in warm colors to create a welcoming atmosphere without overdoing it. Look for inexpensive glass and metal containers you can fill with fall favorites to create focal points for your home.
For instance, we can’t get enough of mason jar projects in fall. Your home will soon be ready for the cooler weather with these ideas:
For a larger display, fill hurricane jars or lanterns with harvest and fall fare, like sparkly pumpkins, gourds, cinnamon sticks, berries, leaves, nuts, and even candy.
And you can never have too many pumpkins in your fall decor. Pumpkins in all shapes, sizes, materials and colors are so versatile and they look stunning.
Show your house number in a unique pumpkin topiary from The Scrape Shoppe.
And don’t just have your place look like fall, let it smell of the season too – create a fall potpourri using orange peel, cinnamon sticks, vanilla pods, almond essence, cloves, apple, and water; fill a stock pot and let the mixture simmer gently all day long for a fabulous aroma of autumn.
Simple Halloween Décor
It’s easy to get carried away at Halloween and think you need to buy big and complicated decorations to wow the neighbors.
Relax! Your Halloween décor can be inexpensive, easy, and still stunning.
Stuck for quick and easy Halloween ideas?
Just take a ornaments, some potion bottles and a few accessories in the holiday spirit to make some fun, spooky decorations like these from Dreaming in Color
Or classic black lace spooky Halloween jars from abby lawson
Carving pumpkins is a Halloween staple, but don’t think you always have to get the carving knife out.
Paint or decoupage pumpkins or even dress them up in Halloween costumes for the Halloween look with none of the danger (ideal for kids, too).
Inflatables are another simple way to create a big impact without big effort.
And now for the food.
Fall certainly means comfort food. Cozy dinners, hearty soups and indulgent desserts. Fall seasonal fruit and produce makes it easy to create warming meals and desserts from scratch.
Comfort Food Favorites with a Twist
Get cozy with these new takes on old classics.
Pork chops are more fall-like with the addition of spicy pears:
Or add brussels sprouts, apples, herbs and more to create chicken dish that looks and tastes like fall:
Passionate for Pumpkins
Pumpkin is a always a favorite fall flavor.
Everyone loves pumpkin bread…
Or pumpkin can be part of a lunch or dinner:
Love pumpkin soup but can’t stand all the chopping and slicing? Then you need this great no-chop recipe for pumpkin soup (you don’t even need to use a pan!) Take a look at how easy it is:
What to make with the abundance of apples you get in fall? Apples are deliciously fresh at this time of year and work well in desserts but also in soups, stews, and even sandwiches.
Apples work extremely well with carrots in a fall soup. Not only do you get the taste, but the orange shade is suitably seasonal. You don’t need to sauté the ingredients in this soup, which saves time and gives the soup a lovely flavor and color:
For dessert, everyone loves apple pie. So these Caramel Apple Pie Cookies are a great surprise treat!
Or a perfect pie for entertaining is this sweet and savory Snickers Caramel Apple Pie. It can be prepared in a jiffy!
Pass the Maple Syrup
Enjoy the decadent, luxurious flavor of maple syrup in a true fall classic – cheesecake. Cheesecake is the best sharing food, ideal for when guests drop by unexpected.
If you crave a little more spice, Jas at All That’s Jas gives us this amazing spice cake/ maple cheesecake recipe. Layered maple cheesecake – you’ve got to take a look, especially since it uses some tasty time-saving hacks.
You can even add maple syrup to an alcoholic drink, which uses bourbon and grape juice as well as pure maple syrup:
If you’re hosting a holiday dinner this fall look for recipes that provide that homely, rustic, family-loving feel.
Holiday meals don’t need to be a hassle in the fall – even at Thanksgiving. Take a look at these quick tips:
- You don’t need to baste your turkey. Instead, push pats of herb butter under the turkey skin before roasting for a really moist and flavorsome finish.
- Make stuffing muffins! Don’t make all the stuffing together in one pan; making stuffing in muffin tins is easier for portion control and it makes them extra crisp.
- Prep your veggies the night before your fall meal – chop onions, garlic, peppers and celery etc., and then keep them in boxes in the fridge to help ease the stress on the big meal preparation day.
- Roast garlic heads the night before and use this roasted garlic in meals instead of raw – it gives a deeper and better flavor.
- Whip your cream the easy way – simply pour heavy cream and sugar into a jar, put the lid on tight, and shake it all up to create perfect whipped cream for fall desserts.
Dress up the dining table but don’t over-think or over-spend. Fall table décor can be as simple as strips of mesh and burlap in fall colors lined up down the center of the table, with a collection of seasonal fruits and berries in the center.
In this video, we’ll show you how to make a stunning centerpiece for your Harvest or Holiday table using a few simple items, in a few easy steps.
There you have it – perfect décor, food, and entertaining tips for the perfect season. So sit back and relax with your loved ones. Summer may have gone, but fall gives us so many new reasons to create and celebrate.