Have you ever noticed that fall shows up when you aren’t even looking for it?
Yesterday I went to the dollar store and checked out with a cart full of dish detergent, cans of potato soup, packages of tortillas and a handful of Fourth of July clearance flags. Pushing my cart up to the front of the store, I hummed to myself and thought about the soup I was going to make and the dishes I was going to wash and the flags I was going to unfurl.
Suddenly, without notice—there it was.
An entire basket of white chocolate pumpkin candy.
I know, right? I couldn’t believe it. Pumpkins? In August? What is the world as we know coming to? I stared at the pumpkin candy in righteous indignation. I looked it up and looked it down with my summer tan and my sparkling flip flops and my patriotic cart.
I did what any self-respecting individual would do when faced with white chocolate holiday treats in the middle of the summer solistice.
I put it in my cart.
Here are 10 easy fall decorating ideas that go better with chocolate.
1. A little orange is your friend
Normally orange and I don’t run in the same circles.
It doesn’t go well with my skin tone and it’s really bold and it makes a statement when it shows up. But for fall? It’s perfect. This entire display was only $8.99 courtesy of your local produce department and my attic.
The key to making this work? The color orange and three sizes of pumpkins. Add little pumpkins next to medium size pumpkins next to larger pumpkins.
Then let the orange do all the talking.
2. Look for texture
Pumpkin texture is so 2017. It’s everywhere. It’s like pumpkin makers are working overtime to think up the most incredible things to make pumpkins from.
I found straw pumpkins and jute pumpkins and toile pumpkins and galvanized metal pumpkins and wood pumpkins. You don’t need a lot, but a little texture makes the rest of your decorating so much smoother.
(total aside—it was subtle and you may have missed it, but that was a texture joke).
3. Fill a container with pumpkins
You know all those pumpkins that you bought at the dollar store that stare at you every year in reproach that you don’t ever display them anymore because they’re not as cute as your new texture pumpkins (brown and green pumpkin in the front of this picture I’m looking at you)?
Here’s a solution.
Group them all together in an over-sized container—like a tool box or basket or tray. When you put them all together, it’s like a pumpkin miracle.
They somehow all get cuter and you have a fun display for free.
4. Add in an unexpected color
For years, I’ve decorated for fall with neutrals.
It just seems like the season for it with all the hay and straw and dried hydrangea. And then? I added a little blue and white into the scene and it just popped.
It’s like fall—but a little happier.
5. Don’t forget the cotton
I’m not sure when I first found cotton, but I’m so thankful I did.
There’s something about a little cotton—in a wreath or mixed in with twigs from the yard or just grouped together in a vase on a side table that makes a display a little more fall.
I’ve seen cotton stems everywhere—or you could make your own with sticks, cotton balls and pieces of pine cone.
6. Make your own fall
Speaking of making cotton—there are so many easy fall decorating ideas you can make on your own.
Like these pine cone acorns.
Or this book page wreath.
Or these simple letter blocks.
7. Create an easy centerpiece
Do NOT over think your centerpiece.
Here’s a simple idea. Start with a burlap runner. Mix in faux greenery, like this bay leaf runner and these ever green stems with a few magnolia cuttings. Then tuck in pumpkins and a few pine cones.
Let fall do the rest.
I hope you enjoyed a little fall with your day.
I hope you were inspired and encouraged and full of joy and ready to dust your pine cones off.
Please excuse me. I have to go eat some pumpkins. 🙂