Fall Festivities – Wow Without Breaking the Bank for Halloween and Thanksgiving

You can sense the seasons already changing as the air feels more crisp and the leaves start to turn those beautiful warm colors. Oh so I hear, since we just experienced record breaking heat in Southern California and we are getting ready for another Indian Summer.  Although us SoCal residents may not be changing out our summer clothes for boots and sweaters just yet, that doesn’t mean we do not get into the festive mindset.  Making some minor edits to your home to embrace the Fall season doesn’t have to be cumbersome or expensive.  Below are some great things I’m seeing done that will get you into the Fall spirit.

Pumpkins, Pumpkins and more Pumpkins

The easiest way to set the mood for a great Halloween or Thanksgiving party is to add multiple pumpkins to your décor.  They come in all different sizes and colors so layering and mixing and matching can be done easily.  You can add larger pumpkins to your front entrance to set the tone right as your guests arrive to your home.  In lieu of flowers, use smaller pumpkins to create a centerpiece or use mini pumpkins on your table setting to create an entire look.  Your fireplace mantel is another great spot to spruce up for Halloween and Thanksgiving as it is usually the center of your living space.  You also don’t have to settle with the color orange.  You can glam up your pumpkin using white and gold paint or get creative and start drawing or adding text to your pumpkins. What’s great about adding pumpkins to your home decor is that you can turn it into a fun family experience by visiting your local pumpkin patch.  You can also make an activity out of it with the kids and do some pumpkin carving.  So many great ideas can come from a simple pumpkin!







Another great way to instantly turn your home into a festive Fall environment is by adding plaid throughout the home.  You can start off by incorporating plaid into your kitchen with linens and kitchen towels.  Add it to your table setting by using a plaid runner or fabric napkins for an instant pop.  If you want to take it a step further, you can easily change up your decorative pillows, window treatments and throw blankets.  This will completely change the look of your formal and living room without breaking the bank. Move into the bedrooms and add some plaid bedding.  Bathroom towels are also an easy fix!  Below are some fantastic things I’ve seen done with plaid.






Fun Appetizer

Because I’m a foodie, and you’ll need to keep those bellies happy during the colder months, below is one of my favorite recipes from shewearsmanyhats.com. It’s tasty, easy and festive! Enjoy and Fall in love with decorating your home… pun intended.



  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • Caramel Sauce
  • Toffee bits
  • Slices apples, pears, pretzels for serving


  • Place cream cheese on a serving dish. Pour as much caramel sauce as you want evenly over cream cheese. Sprinkle with a generous helping of toffee bits.
  • Serve with sliced apples, pears, or pretzels.