This is the time of year when holidays come along ~ bing bing bing ~ one after another, and the sharpest of holiday planners is ready for instant changeover once Halloween exits, Thanksgiving comes and goes, Christmas moves through and a New Year is ushered in. Going too fast? Well, with your proverbial ducks in a row, holiday transitions will go smoothly all fall, and you’ll look like a very close cousin to Martha Stewart.
Halloween takes center stage first. Fresh flowers from bloomstoday.com offer a fresh, bright, natural component to your overall decor. Among ghosts, goblins and spider webs, fresh flowers draw the eye to their beauty, if just by the contrast.
The best place for your Halloween spirit to shine is the front of your house — the front windows perhaps, the door, porch, steps and walkway from the street. A bouquet of fresh flowers on a table on the front porch will certainly be an unexpected delight to trick-or-treaters. And, oh yes, children notice flowers. Indeed, they do.
Happy Halloween Bouquet – charming purples and orange with its own little Happy Halloween sign tucked in
Fun in the Sun – adds brilliant happy sunflowers among the marmalade and violet blossoms
Autumn Harvest – like a garden in a vase for fall colors and variety.
The most simple way to glide through the holidays is to determine in advance what will change and how. Colors are first with orange and black and purple, followed by more orange, yellows, earthy reds and the hues of marmalade. Then vivid reds, greens and golds of Christmas, which give way to blue and silver for New Year’s. More contemporary colors are being incorporated into these holidays, so there are no set rules ~ except perhaps to have and to send fresh flowers from bloomstoday.com. It’s not a rule, but what a treat in a trick-or-treat week!
Your front door is the first welcome, and it’s easy to change a wreath or bow along with a bucket or wood box of seasonally appropriate things like Indian corn, pumpkins (both which conveniently serve Halloween and Thanksgiving), ornaments, pinecones and twigs.
Simple changes inside will set the stage for a festive, jolly, joyful decor each step along the autumn way of holiday cheer.
- Scented candles or reed diffusers
- Small seasonal rug
- Lamp and lampshade
- Throws and quilts
- Hand towels in kitchen and bath
- Strand of lights around outdoor railing
- Toss pillows
- Candy dishes
- Table linens
- Cookies in the freezer
- Holiday-theme plates, bowls or mugs
And while your at it, changing from Daylight Savings back to Standard Time, Nov. 5 for 2017, is the perfect time to flip over mattresses and check your smoke alarm and CO detector batteries. Now, you are safe and seasonally decorated. Happy Halloween!
Written by Joanne M. Anderson