Frugal Decorating Ideas For Fall

Autumn candles with leaves vintage abstract still life in nightFall has been a traditional time of harvest celebration since the days when farming was commonplace, and this theme continues today even in urban communities. Decorating for the fall harvest means celebrating the plenty of the season and heralding the change from summer to winter. It can also be a festive time to usher in the holiday season. I love decorating my house for Fall – it’s my favorite time of year. Here are some tips and ideas for your fall harvest decorating this year.

1. Charming Frames
Chances are, you have picture frames stored away in various places in your home. They make popular gifts, and many of us end up with more than we need. If not, you can often find them for very little money at second-hand stores and even some major retailers.

You can make fall harvest decorations from these ordinary frames. Lightly glue pressed leaves and/or flowers onto a blank white background, such as a piece of card stock, and insert it into the frame. If you are lucky enough to have frames with two pieces of glass, you can achieve a floating leaf look by sandwiching it between the glass. These look nice on a table, mantel, wall, or anywhere you want to bring the autumn in. Another note on frames – using a hot glue gun, you can attach acorns, seed pods, and other autumn odds and ends to the frame itself.

2. Natural Vases for Fall Bouquets
You may not have considered this before, but autumn brings all sorts of interesting fruits and vegetables that you can use as vases for fall arrangements. The best sorts of vegetables and fruits for this type of decoration are those with a long shelf life, such as squashes, gourds, and apples. But you can certainly think outside the box if you’re only going to have the decoration up for a few hours. In that case, you can include citrus peel cups and even hollowed out pears. Basically, you slice the top off of the vegetable or fruit of your choice, and then dig out the flesh to the depth you need. You can then fill it with water and flowers, or use floral foam.

3. More with Gourds and Pumpkins
All those inexpensive little gourds and pumpkins are readily available in the fall. Gather lots of them and make a wreath using hot glue and a circular base (such as grapevine or a foam craft ring). Another idea is to arrange gourds on a cake plate, or pile them in a tiered tray. You can even make a garland of small gourds, stringing them on fishing line or upholstery thread.

4. Fall Candles
I love the Bath and Bodyworks candles. A few weeks ago I purchased two new ones – Autumn and Pumpkin Spiced Cheesecake. I’ve been trying to decide which one I like better. It’s a toss up. Even though here in Florida it is still really hot and humid, it seems more Fall like in my home when I have a pumpkin candle lit in the kitchen.

How are you decorating for Fall?

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Tailgate Parties on a Budget

Tailgate parties on a budgetThe cooler weather of fall brings one certainty back into our lives: tailgate parties. Hosting a tailgate party can be a ton of fun whether you are attending a professional football game or enjoying a high school or college game at your alma mater. You get to enjoy good food with your friends without any of the pesky cleanup of a traditional dinner party. The thrill of cheering on your favorite team isn’t half bad, either.

If you’re on a budget, though, you already know how tough it can be to plan a party on a tight budget. Tailgate parties can be especially trying since they tend to require a lot of meat and high-priced snacks. How will you ever plan your tailgating bash without putting a huge dent into your grocery budget?

One way to save on your tailgate party is to save on the cost of those expensive game tickets. Although nothing beats the excitement of seeing a game in person, you don’t have to miss out on all the fun if there isn’t room in your entertainment budget for tickets. You could always invite all of your friends for a tailgating party in your own backyard. Use the same paper plates and napkins you would use in the stadium’s parking lot. You’ll have the same easy cleanup without the hassle of moving your grill.

Another way to keep your tailgate party under budget is to refrain from including steaks or pork chops. Instead, why not offer bratwursts, hot dogs or hamburgers. You can find these meaty options at a much more reasonable price. Hearty stews or chili are other sturdy, but budget-friendly options for tailgate party fare.

You can save on side dishes, too. Skip high-priced potato chips and offer potato salad (potatoes are very cheap). Chopped vegetables offer a more health-conscious option. If you do the work to chop and wash the vegetables yourself, you can keep the cost of your veggie spread pretty low.

Don’t forget to include drinks in your tailgate party plans. Purchasing beer on sale can keep the cost of alcoholic drinks down. You may also want to keep some warm beverages on hand, though. Those winter games can get pretty chilly. Hot tea and coffee cost almost nothing and will take the chill off your guests as they wait for the big game to start.