Tuesday, September 25, 2012

decorating for our fall bash

We are having a fall party to celebrate our kids' birthdays before the baby comes.  I think that it's fun and important for kids to see their artwork throughout their home.  The same thing was true for my art students.  They had a hand in creating our art room which, gave them ownership and confidence in the work that they produced in the space.

Fall leaves for our chandelier...

with a sharpie draw leaves on wax paper

mix one part water and one part glue in a bowl

cut tissue paper into small squares and paint them on the wax paper

The food...

 pumpkin cake for the kids

witch hat cookies that my daughter helped me make

scarecrow cupcakes

The stairs...

For our stairs I grabbed some pinecones from outside and tied them up with some burlap and branches.

Our fall mantel...  

Our mantel is an odd shape.  We have a soffit that runs above it so we are limited with height.  Challenges aside I like simple design.  I look for photos and artwork that have sentimental value.  Here I layered a Cezanne print with a fall photo of one of my beans.  The pumpkins are sitting on my grandmother's silver candlestick holders.

Happy Autumn!


  1. Nicole, You home sure has the feel of love and family! Just perfect! Love those leaves! Your mantle is beautiful!

  2. so sweet. i love the little pumpkins with the little candle holders that give it the perfect amount of "something."

  3. I love the leaves... My kids would too! Thanks for the great idea.

    Congrats on the baby coming soon! Looking forward to seeing more cute photos :)

  4. I am no child anymore, but I'd love to make some of those leaves too. They are really pretty. Love your little decorative touches too.

  5. Love the leaves. So sweet to make memories with the kids.


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