Sunday, October 17, 2010

Halloween Indoor Decorations

 One of the best things about decorating for Halloween is that there are so many directions you can take it.  Some of the types of decor styles are: "fall", "haunted" , "jack-o-lantern", or "child-friendly".  Then there are the different color combinations: "black and white", "orange, yellow and white", "purple, orange, green & black", or the classic "black, white and orange".  Whatever style you choose, make sure you do just that, choose 1 style and run with it, don't mix styles or it will look tacky.  So here's some inspiration on styles that I thought were executed very well....

I love the simplicity of this decor.  Black and white with a touch of orange.
So I am a sucker for trees!  This bat tree stuck in a pumpkin is so much fun!
This doesn't seem to practical with kids in the house, but it is
oh so cute!
So this is more of a "simple scary" theme.  There are skeletons and spiders but nothing gory.  I'm also a sucker for banners so the pumpkins on a string is adorable!
If you're going for the "fall" theme, this is the perfect look!  Pumpkins, guords and leaves.  But my favorite is the chandelier with pumpkin candles!
My favorite thing about this is the banner and the "boo" letters in glass!  Love it!
So this isn't typical decor, but if you are hosting a Halloween party and have a black light, then this would be so much fun!  Love the weird photos on the wall!

So tablescapes are either elaborate centerpieces or a table decorated for a party.  Here are some of my favorites!
I thought that this was so unique and out of the ordinary, but executed well!  The title is "Monster Madness".

So this is my favorite kind of kids party: lots of custom made printables!  I love the different designs on the banner and food, but it all works because it's the same color scheme.
Love the kid's table and the spider's going up the wall!
So I love the tree centerpiece and the personalized chair bags!
Now this is simple but very cute!  The food signs and banner make it special!
Again with the fabulous tree, but check out all those orange circles!  Also, the food is displayed so beautifully with great symmetry!  Love it!
Well, not all of us have a barn, but if you did, this is the way to do it!
So another cute black and white theme.  Just whip up some pennant garlands and throw up a spider web, and voila, you've got a beautiful table!
So I am a sucker for glitter as well!  Love the color combinations here!
The green, orange, black and purple really go well together!
Love the tablecloth and pumpkin pedestal!
So you need some inexpensive decorations?  Grab some orange balloons and draw on a jack-o-lantern face!  Cute!
So I love any decor wood or grapevine, and these pumpkins are no exception!  
If you can hire a butler to come to your party, this is how he should serve drinks! :)
All I can say is "over the top" in a good way!  Every detail has been thought about!
What a cute way to make placecards for the table!
I really like the tablecloth here, looks like ripped cheese cloth.
Got a drill and some mice lying around?
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE monogrammed pumpkins!
And if you're not wanting to carve and have it forever, just buy the foam pumpkins, paint your monogram and then spray it with sealant!
I thought this was a great idea for kids!  They take turns popping a balloon to find a treasure!
Masked jack-o-lanterns!
So, if you're not in the mood yet to decorate your house for Halloween, well, then I can't help you!  Let your inner child break out and just have fun!  Your family and friends will enjoy all your work!
Happy Halloween!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Halloween Outdoor Decor

Well Halloween is just around the corner and I am ready to celebrate!  As a child growing up not allowed to celebrate this holiday, I think I go a bit over-board in excitement!  However, I do have 4 small children so I tend to steer away from the very scary decorations and lean more towards using natural elements like pumpkins, trees, hay, mums and forest animals.

This is my absolute favorite image I found!  I love the simplicity of it but also the contrast of the orange pumpkins and the black crows!

Now I am not going to spend the time carving all these pumpkins, but I LOVE the idea!  What a great way to greet your trick-or-treaters!

Again, with the natural elements, I think the cornstalks and garland frame the door so nicely.  And the whimsy of the ghost picks just makes it fun!

This is also one of my favorite scenes!  Simple yet impactful!

I thought this was brilliant!  I love the cornstalks framing the walkway and the ghosts over the lanterns...genius!

Now what I like about this one is the grapevine pumpkins!  All of this decor can be purchased once and reused each year, that way you're not spending $100 on real pumpkins every year.

So I am a sucker for topiaries!  And these pumpkin topiaries are gorgeous!

So I know this looks a little busy, but can you imagine a brisk night out here drinking warm apple cider?!  Where are the smores?

So this is a little out of my comfort zone with the green window lights, but I do love the paper bag lanterns!

So how simple and cute is this?!  The trick-or-treaters can help themselves!

Gorgeous!  Love the way the doorway is framed and all the carved and lit pumpkins make for an elegant glow!

Now this I think is very cute!  Definitely geared towards children, but the pumpkins, ghost and witch are simple silhouettes that do not look cheap and gaudy.

I just love the colors in this!  All those orange pumpkins and those cute wood signs!

Now I know this is a lot, but what makes me like it is that it's simple and one theme!  If they had added in a bunch of other stuff, it would have taken away from the impact of their house being a giant spider web!

So, if you are planning on decorating this year, I say invest in faux pumpkins and decor that can be used year after year.  Stay away from all the plastic junk and stick to more classic natural items.  If anything, buy a mum, bail of hay, and some pumpkins to put on your front porch.  Then, when trick-or-treaters come by, hand them a bunch of chocolate candy and the parents a mohito! :)