Fall Decorating Ideas: Curb Appeal and a Harvest Bonfire Party

Article Posted By: Liz Fourez

of Love Grows Wild

Fall Decorating Ideas: A Harvest Bonfire Party

When you’re looking for fall decorating ideas with a rustic, country charm, Liz Fourez’s family farm is an especially good place to start.

We sent several of our favorite design bloggers mystery boxes of Home Depot fall decorations to see what fabulous decorating ideas the bloggers would come up with for our Halloween Style Challenge. Liz is the author of the DIY and lifestyle blog Love Grows Wild, and these ideas for decorating her home for fall are her contribution to the Style Challenge.

Liz covers a lot of territory. She shows us how she boosts her home’s curb appeal, how she carves a pumpkin, and how she styles a fall harvest bonfire party for her family. As a bonus, she also has a short tutorial for her easy DIY mason jar lanterns.

Welcome to our harvest party! There are so many things I love about this time of year… watching the leaves change colors, visiting the pumpkin patch with the kids, baking all kinds of yummy fall treats, and of course, football season. But this time of year is also special to my family for another reason… it’s harvest time! Our family farms corn and soybeans here in Indiana and Illinois, so fall is a very busy time for us. There are plenty of long days and late nights spent in the fields, and when we finish harvesting our crops for the year, it’s time to celebrate!

So, I’ve been busy getting the house ready for a big harvest bonfire, and the front of our house was the first project I tackled.

Fall Decorating Ideas to Boost Your Home's Curb Appeal

We have some pretty shrubs along the front of our house, but the cheap, plastic edging that runs the length of the house has definitely seen better days. Now that the heat of summer is over, we decided it would be the perfect time to replace the edging with stone blocks, which added a ton of curb appeal to our home.

Fall Decorating Ideas to Boost Your Home's Curb Appeal

Our home is older and has some really interesting details around the front door, so I couldn’t wait to dress it up for fall. I started with some beautiful white mums and a simple orange wreath that looks gorgeous against my dark blue door.

Fall Decorating Ideas to Boost Your Home's Curb Appeal

I flanked the front door with two tall, black planters and added some tree branches for height and some mini pumpkins for color.

The other day, my husband found a random vine of these mini pumpkins in the corner of our field where we had tossed last year’s pumpkins. I had no idea they were hiding there, so it was a fun surprise!

Foam Pumpkin Carved with a Dremel Tool

Using a Dremel Tool to Carve a Foam Pumpkin

As part of Home Depot’s Halloween and Harvest Style Challenge, I received a couple foam pumpkins and a Dremel pumpkin carving kit. The Dremel tool was perfect for cutting designs into the foam, and I cannot wait to try it out on some real pumpkins soon!

DIY Mason Jar Hanging Lantern

We have two big trees in our front yard that are just about to start changing colors, and I had the idea to create some hanging lanterns out of mason jars to help illuminate the yard for our bonfire.

DIY Mason Jar Hanging Lantern

To make them, I just picked up some small chain from Home Depot and a case of pint size mason jars. I cut the chain into 2-ft. sections, which would hang the lanterns low enough on the branch that a candle couldn’t light the leaves on fire. Safety first! I suggest taking a mason jar outside to see exactly how far you want them to hang down before cutting. Then I wrapped some thick wire around the mason jar, just under the lip, and slid the chain onto the wire before securing. To secure the wire, I used a pair of needle nose pliers to carefully twist the wire ends together.

Then I poured some popcorn kernels into each mason jar and added a white votive candle. The popcorn kernels add some weight so the lanterns don’t blow too much in the wind and also keeps the candle in place. As a bonus, they look very pretty for fall too, don’t you think?

Fall Decorating Ideas: Tree Swing with Pumpkin

I love the look of old rope swings, so we made a simple one out of some scrap wood and white rope that we also found at The Home Depot. The kids already love swinging on it, and it’s the perfect place to set a pumpkin in the fall or some potted flowers in the spring.

Fall Decorating Ideas for a Harvest Bonfire Party

After I spruced up the front yard, it was time to get our party set up in the backyard! My family loves a good bonfire, so this little fire pit is the perfect setting for a party.

Fall Decorating Ideas for a Harvest Bonfire Party

Working on a farm, there’s never a shortage of straw bales around, so my husband grabbed a few for easy seating around the fire. I knew I needed some kind of a table for food and drinks, so I stacked a couple bales and used an old door from our recent renovation as a tabletop. It was easy, free, and full of rustic country charm!

Fall Decorating Ideas for a Harvest Bonfire Party

Fall Decorating Ideas for a Harvest Bonfire Party

Every party needs some tasty treats, so I set up a s’mores station using some cute decorative crates. It comes complete with graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate, along with a bowl of homemade caramel corn and some candy apples.

Fall Decorating Ideas for a Harvest Bonfire Party

Fall evenings get chilly here in the Midwest, so hot chocolate is also a must have.

Fall Decorating Ideas for a Harvest Bonfire Party

Fall Decorating Ideas for a Harvest Bonfire Party

I set these lanterns on the table and added candles in one and a pile of acorns in the other. The candles added just the right amount of light once the sun went down so we could keep making those yummy s’mores!

Fall Decorating Ideas for a Harvest Bonfire Party

Fall Decorating Ideas for a Harvest Bonfire Party

I set out a few blankets to keep our guests warm into the night and added a few pumpkins and flowers as accessories.

Fall Decorating Ideas for a Harvest Bonfire Party

This cozy red blanket happens to be my favorite to cuddle up with. And white pumpkins… they’re my weakness!

Fall Decorating Ideas for a Harvest Bonfire Party

Fall Decorating Ideas for a Harvest Bonfire Party

As the sun went down, we lit our first fall bonfire, and the boys watched closely as the flames grew.

Fall Decorating Ideas for a Harvest Bonfire Party

After the excitement of the fire wore off, they found their way to the snack table and filled their bellies with all the yummy fall treats.

Liz Fourez and Her Husband Jeremy Enjoying a Bonfire

I love this beautiful, inexpensive, festive space we created for our family to enjoy this fall, and I can’t wait to have lots of bonfires together!

A Harvest Bonfire Party

“Hey Wyatt, your marshmallow’s on fire!”

DIY Mason Jar Lantern

A big thank you to The Home Depot and Home Decorators Collection for helping me create this beautiful space!

See more photos of this fall decorating project on Liz’s blog.

Liz Fourez is the author of Love Grows Wild, a creative home and lifestyle blog that focuses on stylish home decor and unique DIY projects. Liz grew up near the suburbs of Chicago, but now lives on a fourth-generation farm in Indiana with her husband and two little boys. She says she couldn’t imagine life any other way.

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