Outdoor Decorating for Fall with a Harvest Theme

Article Posted By: Paula Coldiron

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Outdoor decorating with a harvest theme, from Paula of Two Ellie

In our Style Challenge series, we ask some of our favorite bloggers from around the web to surprise us with their ideas for creating a stylish and functional space using Home Depot products as a starting point.

Family and decor blogger Paula Coldiron took us up on our Halloween Style Challenge. She shows us her flare for outdoor decorating, creating a harvest-themed space for entertaining friends and family.   

Fall is by far my favorite season. College football begins, the trees begin to change, the weather here in the south is still warm, but as the sun sets a light sweater can be donned. As a family we love to roast marshmallows, take in the crispness of the air, and finally enjoy dining in the great outdoors. This year I began an organic, GMO free vegetable garden, nothing too big, just enough to feed our family, plus some. It has been quite the project, but as the season changes so does the garden. Soon enough we will be planting cool weather lettuces and such. Before all the remaining summer bounty withered away I wanted to take full advantage and celebrate the beginning of my favorite season, fall.

Outdoor decorating with a harvest theme, from Paula of Two Ellie

We are a family who loves to celebrate. It can be just us or a house full of guests. No matter the number or the celebration, even if its just a weekly get together with friends, I try to make it just a little bit special every time. It could be as simple as lighting my favorite candle or bringing in flowers from the garden. The one thing that is always on the top of my list though is to keep it easy. Our weekly church-family dinners consist of every couple bringing a dish. Larger get together’s we keep to easy meals such as soups and chilis, garlic breads, and a tried and true dessert. We have even been known to run out for pizzas and store bought cookies. I have found over the years that it’s not so much about the food, but more about the fellowship.

Outdoor decorating with a harvest theme

Outdoor decorating with a harvest theme with Paula of Two Ellie

We live in a small neighborhood, with a perfectly smaller home, and an even smaller  yard. This means we try to take advantage of both our indoor and outdoor spaces while entertaining. With the addition of our kitchen garden, a playset for the kids, a fire pit, and a patio that we hope to have become a lounging spot within the next six months means that we simply do not have the space for an outdoor dining area.

We went back and forth whether we wanted to invest in lounge like furniture or a dining set, in the end the lounging area won out. Of course, this did not deter my vision for dining in the garden; this just meant that when this Style Challenge came upon me I knew I could get creative! This is where the sawhorse dining table came into play and made for an easy DIY. This table can easily be stored in our garage when not in use. All the pieces are so easy to assemble and take apart on a whim. Even the kids helped with the set up.

DIY Sawhorse table from Paula of Two Ellie

The kids had the best time carving the Styrofoam pumpkins The Home Depot sent us. They each went with something that represents them. KJ made a birdhouse and Ellie went with a tried and true heart. They both went to town with gold painted stripes and a cross.

Carving faux pumpkins

Faux pumpkins can also double as an adorable hat!

I found the pumpkins to be perfect for a couple of centerpieces for the table. I freehandedly cut off the tops with a bread knife. I then used a variety of plantings I found in Home Depot’s Garden Center. The smaller pots meant that I could simply place them in the pumpkin as is. No need for a mess. I hid the plastic pots with sheet moss that I always have on hand.

Use faux pumpkins as a centerpiece on a fall table

Remove the top of the faux pumpkin and use it a planter or centerpiece

Remove the top of the faux pumpkin and use it a planter or centerpiece

Faux pumpkins are great for kids because they are easy to decorate and make no mess!

The simple addition of tableware I had around the house, pumpkins, twinkle lights, and solar mason jars made the celebration complete. Needless to say my favorite people and good food didn’t hurt matters either.

Outdoor dining area set for a fall harvest theme

Outdoor dining area set for a fall harvest theme

Solar mason jars add a little sparkle to the table

A fall soup is the perfect meal for dining al fresco

A fall soup is the perfect meal for dining al fresco

An outdoor table, folding chairs, and an array of carvable pumpkins make for a beautiful Harvest garden party

Thank you, Home Depot for allowing my creative juices to flow and helping bring in my favorite time of year with such joy and laughter. Sweet memories were had, and I could not be more thankful.  xoxo – Paula

When Paula isn’t raising two children, gardening and decorating, she runs Kellen Jacob Photography with her husband in Birmingham, Alabama. Two Ellie is her online journal of inspiration and ideas.

For more outdoor decorating ideas for fall and Halloween, see other Halloween Style Challenge articles and follow our Halloween Style Challenge pinboard on PinterestVisit our online Holiday Decorations Department for everything you need to decorate your home for Halloween. 

Style Challenge is a series of posts from guest contributors who aim to bring you fresh inspiration and ideas for your home and garden using a single Home Depot product as a starting point. Paula received the Halloween products for her space from The Home Depot and a Home Depot gift card, but The Home Depot provided no other compensation. The opinions and ideas Paula expressed are her own.