Even though I live on the west coast of Florida, I can tell fall is in the air. Believe it or not the air is a little different and of course, the sunny Florida days are getting shorter. So I did get the fall decorations down from the attic, which isn’t much. Stop by come in see my fall home tour. The Shiplap pumpkin is easy to make for your fall decor.
I generally don’t decorate the mantel but this year I decided why not. On one side I put the 3 rustic pumpkins by the small landscape painting. You can make your own rustic pumpkin patch here and check out how I updated the small painting here. On the other side, I have a large vase for height and pumpkins on either side.
Moving to the coffee table and end table, I made small changes from when I transitioned from summer to fall.
I placed a small planter filled with magnolia pods and a plant to the end table. Nothing major.
My entryway opens right up to the Great Room. I have a small console table that I always decorate each season. I moved the vase of apples out and added in more rustic pumpkins and a little skeleton made from a clay pot, my nod to Halloween.
The house has a very open floor plan, the piano… no, I don’t play. I was going to take lessons when I retired but I started the blog instead. So I think of the piano as the bridge between the Great Room and the Dining Room. I added a tall candlestick I painted white and plopped a pumpkin on it.
The Dining Room got minimal changes. I took away the vase and added a cream pumpkin to the tray . By the way, the pumpkins are the Dollar Tree ones. You can do so much with them.
Then I removed the summer placemats and used the cream placemats with embroidered leaves. I bought them at Big Lots many years ago and love them. Plaid napkins that coordinate with the placemats and dishes complete the look.
The kitchen table is sporting fall placemats and napkins. The centerpiece is the tray I made and the Fabric Dollar Tree pumpkin along with candles.
That wraps up my fall tour. I am so glad you decided to stop by come in see my fall home tour.
Holiday Entertaining Friends The Easy Way
Every year a group of friends and I have special holiday events we go to. This year two of them happen to be a day apart. It means a busy time. Immediately my thought is what I can have on hand to make Holiday Entertaining friends the easy way? I don’t consider myself the hostess with the mostest and I do not entertain often so I do look for tasty, fast and easy and most importantly quality such as Boar’s Head products. I mean let’s face it when I hear the name Boar’s Head I always think top notch food.
When I was asked if I would be interested in partnering with Boar’s Head to share their hummus I knew I had a winner. Boar’s Head is known for quality in taste and product.
Off to my favorite grocery store to stock up to entertain my friends not only on Friday but on Saturday as well. Yes it was hard to decide on flavors but I bought the Roasted Garlic because besides chocolate and caramel I love garlic. Another flavor I love is Fire Roasted Spinach and Artichoke. For the zing, who doesn’t love zing I bought Fiery Chipotle Pepper. Whoa is has a nice zing to it.
I hit the cracker aisle and got garlic flavored and spicy chipotle crackers. Then for the health conscious I got vegetables to dip in the hummus.
Both events are for charity to benefit the local community. I am a big believer in giving back to my community. Friday’s event was Empty Bowls. Each year we have soup, bread, and water and get to take home a beautiful handcrafted pottery bowl.
When Deborah and I got back to my house we had a little snack of the Spinach and Artichoke hummus on crackers and chatted about plans for the rest of the day. It was so easy to make a fast little snack before she had to be on her way.
On Saturday Missy, Marianne, Marsha and I attended the annual event which is a Tour of Homes decorated for Christmas sponsored by an organization called Entre Nous. Carol Niebanck, the past President explained this event is the fundraiser that will allow them to provide scholarships, and help needy families in our area. I wish I could show you some of the gorgeous houses all decorated for the Holiday but they won’t allow pictures because of security concerns. 🙁
After going from one end of the county to the other and looking at four different houses we were tired and ready to relax and discuss which house we liked the best. I kicked off my shoes, out came the wine, hummus, crackers, and veggies. I love just hanging out with my friends, catching up and enjoying good food and wine. The great thing is I didn’t need to stress over the preparation. And it is so tasty.
Gosh knowing how serving Boar’s Head Hummus can make Holiday Entertaining friends the easy way has changed the way I think about entertaining. We all enjoyed it and I know they will be serving Boar’s Head Hummus at their next gathering. Just like I will. Hummus is great for snacking on also.
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