A Harvest Home

Fall Wreath, Pottery Barn
The First Day of Fall may have occurred a month ago on September 22, but as many San Franciscans can relate, it felt like Summer still! Well, now as the air gets crisp and we head into Halloween it's time to focus on the wonderful season of Autumn. Is it just me that sees fall decor and immediately also thinks of a plentiful meal in a warm home, with a great drink? I think not. Here are some ways to warm up your home, enhance a table and treat your guests. The best part? None of the items are over 20 Bucks. 


Bring the outside in.

Leaves, pinecones and pumpkins are all easy ways to add a nice touch in any home. What's best is that these will last from before Halloween until December 1. And, once you get into true Winter mode, those pinecones are free to stay. Take a walk around your neighborhood and gather items or pick up some of these affordable options. Remember, Less is More.

Gourds can be found at any grocery store or pumpkin patch, but be warned: real ones may rot wood if placed directly on a table or surface for too long. These faux little ones come in a range of fall colors, can be stored for years to come and can be used so many ways. Place them throughout the house for a subtle look, put a few around a candle in a guest bath, use each one as a name place for a dinner party, with the name card pinned into the side.
Mixed Gourds, World Market


These faux leaves look great in a hurricane vase or pulled apart and scattered across a long table.
Fabric Oak Leaf Stems, World Market

 Dress up your table. 
And now it's time for the decor porn. Feast your eyes on some of the best tablescapes I've seen as of late.

Scatter some branches or leaves around two candlesticks (you already know candlesticks are part of TCB's arsenal.
And pears? So pretty and you can have a snack after guests depart.
Photo c/o Williams Sonoma Blog
I am a total sucker for all white anything.
This table sends the message while remaining elegant and homey all at the same time. Well done.
Photo c/o Junk Garden Girl



Keep it really simple with twine or burlap. Wrap either around a candle,  vase or  instead of napkin rings.
Photo c/o Hallelujahs by Holly



Any reason for a sign.
Be Thankful Banner, World Market
The sign in my home right now, Chalkboard Sign, Paper Source
Give Thanks Garland Kit, Paper Source

Serving.

Don't forget the best part about a pumpkin- it can be emptied! I love these creative ideas for serving up a delicious feast or a nice cold one.

I'll never forget how impressed I was when a friend served a fall soup right out of a pumpkin.
Photo and Recipe c/o Do it Yourself
Serve beers or other bottled beverages in a hollowed out pumpkin holding a bowl of ice.
Genius! Photo and Idea c/o The Berry



Drinking.

Does it always come back to this? Well... yes. What better way to show your festive spirit than to create an autumnal cocktail or spicy warm beverage.

I made this Apple Cider Margarita at Thanksgiving last year and it was a hit.
Photo and Recipe c/o KegWorks



Spiced Apple Cider, c/o Sarah's Musings


Can a Broad really ever have too  much champagne? The world may never know.
This Sparkling Champagne Cider from Chef Jamie Gwen is at the top of my fall to-do list.
Recipe and mouthwatering image c/o Style Me Pretty



There you have it my broads. Enjoy this season and its natural beauty. And don't forget that one never needs an excuse to throw a party.

Cheers!
TCB