fall-coverThe 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:

Perfect Porch and Patio Decorations

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).

Apple votives

And when it’s time to head out back, create a festive and inviting backyard with the right mix of furniture, lighting and décor.

Courtesy of Dining Delight

Courtesy of Dining Delight

Wonderful, Welcoming Wreaths

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.


Sunflower oak wreath from Sweet Something Designs

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.


5 Minute Fall Wreath from Country Chic Cottage

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:


Wreath With Shutter

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:


Fall Door Basket

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.

Versatile Mason Jars & Pumpkins

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:


Autumn leaf Mason jar candle holders from Spark & Chemistry


Harvest display Mason jars by Crafting in the Rain

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.

Courtesy of Jill Hosking-Cartland of Hosking Interiors

Courtesy of Jill Hosking-Cartland of Hosking Interiors

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.

Or her adorable burlap place settings:


Faux Pumpkin

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


Halloween Mason Jars

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).

Courtesy of Good Housekeeping

Courtesy of Good Housekeeping


Halloween Pumpkin Paint


Pumpkins With Rhinestones

Inflatables are another simple way to create a big impact without big effort.

Tastes of the Season

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:


Cinnamon pork chops with spiced pears from Favorite Family Recipes

Or add brussels sprouts, apples, herbs and more to create chicken dish that looks and tastes like fall:

One Pan Autumn Chicken Dinner from >a h ref="http://www.cookingclassy.com/2015/10/one-pan-autumn-chicken-dinner/">Cooking Classy

One Pan Autumn Chicken Dinner from Cooking Classy

Passionate for Pumpkins

Pumpkin is a always a favorite fall flavor.

Everyone loves pumpkin bread…

pumpkin bread

Full recipe at The Domestic Rebel

Or pumpkin can be part of a lunch or dinner:

Pumpkin Risotto with Bacon - Courtesy of Created By Diane

Pumpkin Risotto with Bacon – Courtesy of Created By Diane

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:


Recipe for no-chop pumpkin soup from Recipe Tin Eats

Awesome Apples

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:


Carrot and Apple Soup from Southern Living

For dessert, everyone loves apple pie. So these Caramel Apple Pie Cookies are a great surprise treat!


Caramel Apple Pie Cookies

Or a perfect pie for entertaining is this sweet and savory Snickers Caramel Apple Pie. It can be prepared in a jiffy!


Caramel Apple Pie

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.


Layered Maple Cheesecake

You can even add maple syrup to an alcoholic drink, which uses bourbon and grape juice as well as pure maple syrup:

Easy Holiday Dinner Tips

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.

Great Table Dressings

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.

If you’re looking for last minute Thanksgiving tablescapes then look no further, because we’ve got you covered with four quick and easy ideas:


Or use a lantern and candle as a simple centerpiece – like this one from Serendipity Refined :


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.

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