In my opinion, there is no season more beautiful than Fall! Add a time for offering sincere thanks to God for His blessings to all of this natural beauty that abounds in our world and life reaches the height of perfection!
There is something about gratitude that lifts our hearts and gives them the proper focus. It is wonderful to have a season to put our troubles and sorrows aside and remember our blessings.
I love for my home to reflect the seasons, and that is especially true for this season of Thanksgiving that rolls around every Fall.
It is my favorite time of the year!
Our schedules seem to fill up with so many festive fall events; and these are all coupled with special visits from friends and family and all the traditional events of the Thanksgiving holidays!
Where ever you live; be it humble, simple or extravagant, this is a great time to relax and enjoy the comfort of your home and hearth. The season is a wonderful opportunity to share your love and your home with others that you care about, or even strangers that you have not yet begun to know. It is a time of opening doors and extending that same friendly hospitality that Abraham and Sarah used to welcome in their guests in ancient days. Having a cheerful, seasonally decorated fall home just adds even more delightful fun to all of these colorful festivities.
What are your plans for the fall season this year?
Will you be enjoying a house full of company?
Are you now turning your mind and heart toward thoughts of thankfulness? One thing I am grateful for is the beauty of the season and how we can join into it with the way we present our home to our guests over the holidays. It is just so colorful and festive. I can’t help but thank our Creator for making the world the way He did; and giving us the opportunity to join in with the creativity.
ENJOY THE BEAUTY OF GOD’S CREATION WHERE EVER YOU FIND YOURSELF CELEBRATING THE SEASON
October and November are my top choices out of all twelve months of the year for us to take a family vacation.
On many years we have been either at the beach or in the mountains in October; and I am still basking in the memories of our last wonderful family vacation in North Carolina. That little extra first start of fall always helps my heart get ready for the great joy to be extended right into the family celebration at Thanksgiving.
Will your family come together for a fall vacation this year?
Do you share in any religious activities that are very active in the fall of the year?
We enjoy the Fall Holy days at our house stating with Rosh Hashanah (Feast of Trumpets, then Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) followed by Sukkot (The Feast of Tabernacles.) All of those days are carefully observed in our home. They make Fall a very interesting season.
At the very beginning of each fall season I have loved bringing out the apples for Rosh Hashanah and then later on cooking special fall meals for The Feast of Tabernacles.
It is a good thing that we fast for The Day of Atonement; because by then we really have had TOO MUCH of all of the wonderful fall foods and we usually need little bit of a break between The Feast of Tabernacles and Thanksgiving to eat soups and salads.
Are there feasts and festivals that are traditional to your family during this beautiful season?
Whatever you are doing this year, there are so many easy ways to warm up all of your events by embellishing them with a little bit of classic fall décor.
As a rule of thumb; It is always a good idea to keep your fall decorating simple and clean, and as natural and back to nature as possible.
This is HARVEST time; and it is good to reflect on that aspect of the season and remember why we are celebrating the harvest; that we are grateful to The One Who brings us the harvest.
Harvest times should reflect the many blessings of our bounty; but too much clutter seems to work against the focus of being thankful and that often turns the originally good thoughts commercial. A better rule is to keep things simple and elegant.
Bright splashes of color and things that represent the personality of the season placed here and there are all you really need to make a warm, inviting and thankful atmosphere.
I’ve sprinkled this fall’s blogging with some older pics that show a few of the decorating themes we have enjoyed at our place in the years gone by. I hope you can find a few new suggestions and ideas that will spark your imagination toward making your own home seasonally festive.
MAKING A FALL ENTRANCE
A good place to start is just outside the front door.
I love fall plants. They are always so full of vivid colors. At times I’ve used black spray-painted plastic containers as a backdrop for a pretty mix of colorful fall flowers which always brighten up each side of our front door.
Some type of simple, yet pretty plants have welcomed us all through every October and November that we have called this place “home.” These particular plants were sprouting their little blue flowers just in time for our gathering at Thanksgiving. I used two whimsical little scarecrows in front of each plant and placed the lovely pumpkin my granddaughter brought us from her time in the pumpkin patch in front of one planter. The plants and the pumpkin combined gave just the right little splash of color I wanted on each side of our front door. We also love to add real pumpkins on the front porch steps.
Instead of the usual “welcome” sign on the outside of the door I hung a full-length life-sized scarecrow with a big welcoming smile. Everyone speaks to him as they come and go and he just seems to fit right in with the whole bunch of us that are living in the midst of this fall decorating scheme.
And what is fall without pilgrims?
We can’t leave the pilgrims out!
Cross the threshold and look to the coffee table on the right and you can see how I added a little group of pilgrims to greet people as they are coming inside the house.
I’ve used these three lovely characters in various ways over the years.
I just love having them in my fall room decor.
These pilgrims just always look like they are all ready to celebrate Thanksgiving and they add a little old-world charm to our more modern decor.
On the antique white couch table as you walk inside the living room is a treat for the grand-kids.
It is a little treasure chest full of things that tell the meaning of Thanksgiving as you pull them out of the box. Each toy object suggests stories to explain their deeper meanings. There is a ship that sails, a holy bible, a picture of a stormy sea and a painting of a group gathered around a bountiful table.
Underneath the treasure chest is a book that describes the first Thanksgiving and why we have this traditional holiday in America. Not only does it add to the fall decorating theme, it is a great teaching tool, and a wonderful activity for all of us to share together.
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The treasure chest also contains tear-off (sheets which we hand out to everyone each year so they can use them to write down their blessings as we move closer and closer to Thanksgiving. We usually read these to each other on Thanksgiving Day. It is something nice to ponder as we sit around the table after dinner. If you are looking for your own set of cute pilgrims; click here: http://amzn.to/2zFI2MU
Sometimes I will hang a traditional fall wreath on the inside of the front door. Here are some of this years favorite wreaths that you might want to check into for your own home: http://amzn.to/2ytII4j
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I love the pretty colors that the wreaths and the banners bring to stand out from the white door and the white walls surrounding it.
Of course my handsome little grandson is another thing that I love about this doorway! There are many other types of plants and planters I’ve enjoyed using on the inside spaces of the house during Thanksgiving. One year I actually put plants on the low black living room coffee table. It seemed to like being donned with a rustic gray planter with silver, white and gray pumpkins for decorations. I liked the white/silver feeling that year; and I thought it mixed well with some of the black, gray and orange highlights I scattered around the rooms. The planter holds five candles.
In these photos you see white candles; but I’ve actually made them more colorful and added some light tan candles instead of the white ones. The candlelight was so pretty that year as we all sit around the living room on Thanksgiving evening just reflecting on our full day of blessings and bounty.
If it is too hot to burn a fire in the fireplace, the candles add the ambiance of fire that I like to use this time of the year. I’ve picked up on that theme in other places too; but of course; should weather permit there is nothing lovelier than a real fire in a roaring and blazing fireplace.
To carry this theme of the silver and white pumpkins with a rustic planter and candles on through to the dining room table was another good choice.
The candles and planter were low enough that we could talk over the centerpiece without distractions, and these worked great for our dinner table candles as we ate our scrumptious meal.
I have to admit that my favorite fall classic dining room table was this next one, which is from yet another year of classic and traditional fall decorating.
This table setting felt VERY classic and traditional with the white plates and the gold candles. I loved the way it all came together and I enjoyed the little pop of the green from the coasters under the white plates.
There have been years when I have used the same classic table centerpiece in the foyer on my couch table. I loved it there too!
I typically will make some type of welcoming card to place in each plate every year. They are always different. One year I used Peanuts characters with everyone’s name on them. One year I used a beautiful fall poem. One year I quoted a scripture verse; and one year I just wrote a little personal message explaining how thankful we were for the friendships of our guest. One year I left off the names and put a photo of each person at their chair and used these as place cards. These are fun and easy to compose on any home computer.
I have a very colorful and festive array of plates, napkins and stemware that I usually pull out on THE day. I have collected way too many dishes over the years and can’t seem to part with any of the sets. Some of them are things my Mom has passed down to me. Much of it will be things I will pass down to my daughters and granddaughter too. I like to swap them up and hardly ever use the same tableware year after year. Often I will use one set in the kitchen and a contrasting set in the dining room. Sometimes I mix the different sets of dishes together. I can promise you most of the tables at our house on Thanksgiving Day will typically have a very colorful arrangement of greens, yellows, browns and oranges with splashes of purple here and there.
These colors are pretty traditional for us; but this year I made a drastic change in another direction. Keep watching THE HOUSE DOCTOR for my THANKSGIVING BY THE SEA articles that are upcoming later this month. I wanted to be traditional here before I changed things up a bit.
There are times when our little house is bulging at the seams and three tables (kitchen, dining room and off the kitchen patio tables) are not enough. I just clear a little of the furniture from the guest rooms and create a colorful table there. Somehow it all comes together just fine. The traditional settings of the main sections of our home have now changed from the yellows and grays we used all summer to the orange and grays we chose for fall. This seems to work well with all the neutral whites and blacks of the backgrounds of the rooms that stay the same year round.
I left the gray sheers over the front windows and I left the dark mustard colored yellow draperies that flank the large dining room windows too. They just seemed to go perfectly with the fall colors of this season.
I added some splashes of orange with the pillows of the sofas, and created a mix of bright fall colors in the seat of the white accent chair just inside the front door. Here is where I purchased my window leaf decor to hang over the gray curtains: http://amzn.to/2hyd4zx
There was a colorful tapestry table runner I placed on the white sofa table. It just glowed with the rich and beautiful colors of fall. Here are a few more colorful Fall table runners that might just fit into your decorating scheme if you are doing a classic Fall decor: http://amzn.to/2zRJigQ
I placed our shofar in this special spot on the table runner during the Feast of Trumpets, because we always like to have it handy to use during the fall holy days from September through October.
Of course, it just would not be fall without lots of pumpkins!
There are the smaller pumpkins on the two centerpieces I’ve already mentioned, and a few large bright orange pumpkins are sitting a-top the foyer’s entrance table. These are fake, yet pretty. I’ve added some more wooden pumpkins too.
The REAL pumpkin adds to the loveliness of the front porch this year. Our granddaughter has taken up the tradition that our oldest daughter has always kept on Thanksgiving; which is that of bringing us a pretty REAL pumpkin as a fall gift to sit upon our front porch. I wonder if they BOTH will do this? As far as I’m concerned – the more pumpkins you add to the stack, the better!
Bring on the pumpkins!
I have a very creative friend who made us homemade sangria one year.
She also decorated a large container with a very fallish label she created herself; that noted the year we bought our home as well as the year our first grandchild was born. I thought this was such a wonderful gift!
We make a vintage wine every year just to get to use that bottle again!
I love pulling this special treat out, filling it with homemade sangria and displaying the labeled bottle with some pretty wine glasses as we begin to celebrate the holidays.
It is so much fun to have brightly colored fall platters scattered throughout the house. They come in handy for holding little treats when you have many guests; or for just catching the fall trinkets that you seem to accumulate all during the season.
The grandchildren have to hear the reading of this “Thankful” story every Thanksgiving.
Several little whimsical things add a fun flavor to our rooms. Here is how you can purchase the “Thankful” book for your own reading: http://amzn.to/2yuMxGu
I’ve always enjoyed collecting the colorful little Anna Lee dolls and figures. You will typically find me displaying one from my collection every different season that we choose to celebrate inside our home. They are cute, small and perfectly adorable!
My grandchildren love our little fall Anna Lee Elf who God instructs and allows to paint all the fall trees bright colors (if he will promise to be careful because sometimes he spills things and color splashes everywhere!) He often sits on our lamp table by the fireplace when he wants to rest from his labors while he is waiting on his next assignment. If you enjoy these too; you may purchase any of your choice at this site: https://www.annaleegallery.com/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI5IbA3ZC51wIVDLnACh2sewx1EAEYASAAEgKTqPD_BwE
I’ve framed a photo of our “fall tree” to sit behind him because it shows off some of his famous art work. He will always tell you that God picked that glorious yellow color just for us! We watch this one particular front-yard maple tree turn a bright vivid yellow every year and we just KNOW this little fall elf has been out there painting while we were sleeping.
Another fun idea we have incorporated is to use our fall family tree. If you want to order one for your own family; you can find more information here: https://theinseasonlifestyle.com/family-tree/.
Everyone in our immediate family has a leaf on the tree with their name and the year they first started celebrating Thanksgiving at our house with us written on their leaf; which is hung carefully on limbs of the tree.
It is fun to notice how over the years the leaves keep growing on this tree; and to notice how many different years we have added leafs to our family tree for each new person that has come into the family over time! Need your own set of leaves? Just click here: http://amzn.to/2hsAx58.
Last year we got to add our new grandson’s name to the Family Tree! He was a fall baby; born just one day after The Feast of Trumpets! Does the smile on my face in this pic with my daughter tell you how much we love this new grandson? He has had a busy year since we took this photo. He is now one!
The grandchildren took to the idea of pinning the leafs on The Family Tree so much that they made their own version of this Family Tree in their playhouse. I loved their tree too!
My oldest grandson simply drew a leaf for everyone in the family and pinned it across the wall of their playhouse. This little “playhouse” hides in a large walk-in closet between our two guest rooms. The adults would love to have their space back for clothes and things; but we all have been over-ruled. That playhouse is a very active, busy, well-used part of our house now!
No turning back until those kids are much older.
My husband keeps reminding the kids that it is only temporary.
It has been permanent for about two years now….and they put a Family Tree up for Thanksgiving there……and where else would we put all those toys anyway?
I guess the “playhouse” stays in the walk-in closet for yet another Thanksgiving celebration. The REAL Family Tree hangs out in the kitchen window.
We also love extending our fall entertaining outside to our back deck whenever the weather allows.
Mr. Scarecrow stands right there waiting to greet people passing by.
He is the same smiley fellow that our family has enjoyed for many, many years.
We found him in a trash pile on the side of the road. Someone had used him for years before us. He has lived through many rain storms and he looks very ragged; but we just love his attitude, and he just keeps right on smiling through everything.
Magical sunsets watched from the back deck add to the fall colors that Oak Mountain views bring to our backyard.
I play a game with my granddaughter to see who can count the most falling leaves during the times while we are sitting outside in the Fall.
The scarecrow stands tall amidst the cherubs on the table outside our kitchen window and the angel walking through the mums outside our dining room window.
Last Fall we purchased two pretty brown glazed pieces of pottery that can hold real fire flames. We burn them in the evenings as we sit outside at night and enjoy some of our early fall meals while we watch all the leaves on the trees turn different shades of beautiful. Then when it is too dark to see the trees; we look up and admire the lovely stars that God put into the fall sky. Here is a link to another very pretty flaming porch candle: http://amzn.to/2zCNy0w
The outdoors would be just fine even without any of this decor. Getting to enjoy the splendor of nature this time of the year adds to our whole “thankful” experience.
I’ve hung a few brightly colored wreaths over the porch light on the back deck and on the door to our storage building. They add even more color and cheer.
Right before Thanksgiving I always try to buy some REAL yellow and purple mums to add to the back deck before our company comes over for Thanksgiving dinner.
The kids love taking their Thanksgiving meal outside whenever the weather allows. Sometimes I catch the look on their faces when they first experience that “Fall surprise” of seeing all the changing colors when they walk outside the door. I especially loved this one photo.
Inside the kitchen takes on a cozy fall look too.
When the Family Tree is not the focus sometimes the window is full of pilgrims in front of a green bird house (my Dad made the bird house) and a few more fall candles.
Often on my kitchen table I use simple purple bowls for my candle holders.
I don’t think you can add too many purple splashes to your fall color schemes. Adding lots of purple is one of my favorite ways to jazz things up a bit.
There is a pretty fall floral arrangement that you might find on some years, usually setting just inside our coffee nook. The black glass-topped island table will be filled with colorful dishes and a smorgasbord of festive fall foods on Thanksgiving day. I like serving cafeteria style and letting everyone walk around the kitchen table and counters to fill their plates; then eating in the dining room with many also wandering outside to enjoy the feast on the deck. I love to fill the kitchen counters and the island table with festive fall foods.
We have enjoyed a few cupcakes in pretty platters. They were usually topped with maple frosting. We have also used this pretty tray we received as a gift for holding tasty little pilgrim’s hats. One year we had a lot of fun making some little candy turkeys to put on every plate. I recruit the kids to help make the food art; and they have so much fun putting it all together. A few years back I enjoyed setting up separate little food serving-stations in scattered areas around the house; such as meat stations, dessert tables and bread stations. I put them all in different parts of the main rooms. We even carried this little bread station idea over to one of our daughter’s wedding receptions. It turned out to be a great idea! You never know where some of these Thanksgiving feast ideas are going to lead you. Sometimes they carry over to other parts of living in your life. Let’s hope the “thankful” part ALWAYS carries over into every day of the year.
Well, I hope this little fall house tour has inspired you in some way to become very festive with your own ideas for the season.
The time goes by so quickly. Before you know it Thanksgiving Day will arrive. I’ve suggested many decorating themes and ideas here, but actually; none of them matter at all until you first fill the house with love.
Once that important element has been added; I hope you will decide to skip on over to the PRODUCTS section of this blog and see my new line of Thanksgiving products.
The products are lots of fun to gaze at and purchase; but once you mix in the love and the thankfulness the way you decorate your home will not matter very much. These extra products simply serve as icing on the cake. It has taken me years and years to slowly build my seasonal collection. A good plan is to add one item a year and be careful to take care of all your purchases. Each generation can share with the next when things become parts of the family traditions in your gatherings. It can be your Thanksgiving treat to yourself that will be multiplied to others as you share your hospitality.
I had one timid friend to ask “does God want us to have family traditions?” Of course He does; just look at all the traditions He established for the whole family of God inside the scriptures. We are to imitate Him in all that we do. Thanksgiving allows many of those lessons and a way to carry on the establishment of earthly things that allow us to reflect on heavenly things.
Have fun with the decor of your home; but don’t blow your family budget or let the stress of perfectionism destroy your spirit.
What is the thing that all your guest will be looking for the most?
Everyone will be looking at the beautiful smile on your face and hoping to participate in that delicious feast that you are going to offer them; whether it is a simple loaf of bread and butter with a glass of wine; or a five course elaborate meal; offer up your thanks to God Our Father together and offer up your heart to His service first; it is a no-fail plan.
Want some suggestions for traditional/classic Thanksgiving recipes to serve in your beautiful fall home? You might also want to read this post: https://theinseasonlifestyle.com/thanksgiving-recipes/
Wishing you and your family every blessing of the season!