This Halloween we wanted to create a spooky haunted forest but still keep it light and playful enough that it was still warm, inviting and not too gloomy.
Some dead tree branches from the yard were perfect for making a huge impact – and the best part is that they cost NOTHING!
When you bring lots of natural elements into the decor everything falls into place. Sea shells, leaves, branches, pine cones and any other natural element can cover your decorating schemes for all the seasons and holidays.
“Creepy Cloth” is a very loose weave gauze-like fabric that can be draped from almost any surface to create a delightfully creepy look. Here we have draped it on our picture frames (two professional artists in the house and we have EMPTY picture frames….we’re cuckoo!).
A simple branch in a flower pot with some floral foam and a centerpiece is born!
Birds perched in random places makes it feel as if they have landed there themselves, and that we are being quietly outnumbered by some spooky guests.
Orange and black is such a traditionally Halloween color scheme, but it can feel a bit tacky at times. With the right balance and some natural elements some Halloween elegance can be attained.
A bird and some silk leaves on each place setting helps tie the buffet decor to the table. We found our birds at Dollar Tree.
We like to bring out the ornate silver charger plates and accessories for a Halloween look because it feels like they could be right out of an old haunted mansion!
We found some lovely salad plates with a subtle embossed leaf pattern covering the entire surface of the plate. The natural leaf pattern makes them ideal for autumn decor and because they are plain white instead of fall colors they will fit in beautifully with Spring and Easter decor as well.
Here is a look back at last Halloween with our buffet in burgundy and black.
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One of my favorite natural Autumn occurrences is when flocks of black birds flying south for the winter make a stop at our house. It’s always just a little bit scary, but exciting! While they are visiting, the trees are alive with movement. The chatter of the hundreds of birds is like no other sound I have ever heard – it surrounds you.
They often swoop down in large numbers – in perfect synchronization and cover the ground as they peck at the grass, covering it like a black carpet – swooping up and down from the trees in unison.
But the most dramatic moment, by far is when somehow at the exact same moment every single bird decides to fly away.
The loud chattering suddenly goes silent and still and the there is a whooshing sound as they all take flight. Hundreds of them in a perfectly choreographed exit – it’s breath taking.
Somehow I always manage to be outside to see this show at least once a year and I feel very fortunate that I get front row seats to this spectacle of Autumn splendor.
This annual event definitely inspired this years Halloween decorating.
Dollar Tree sells little black birds every year for Halloween and this year I finally picked up a few.
I could not be happier with the results. Every time I walk into the dining room and see them I am reminded of my favorite Autumn experience.
It’s also slightly unnerving every time I rediscover their eerie presence in the house!
Just a few of them with “creepy cloth” (a loose weave mesh cloth sold at Halloween) and the look is complete. It’s a huge impact for very little cost or effort!
The color palette brought down to just black and burgundy with a few orange pops of color really heightens the drama and amps up the creepy factor.Fun Facts:A group of Crows is referred to as a ‘Murder’ of Crows.A group of Ravens is referred to as an ‘Unkindness’ of Ravens
I’m not sure what kind of birds are inhabiting our dining room, but the names alone make the birds a creepy addition to the Halloween decor and seeing them in the house is delightfully unsettling for this spooky time of year!