A More Natural Way to Decorate Your Entry

Created by: Krissy Allori, Self Proclaimed Foodie

Create an inviting entry this Halloween by decorating with ceramic pumpkins and seasonal plants.

I love to decorate for the holidays. It truly makes me feel like a kid again, and the pure joy and excitement my kids feel is priceless. My taste in decor has certainly changed through the years, and at this point in my life (almost forty with two elementary-aged kids, that is) I would like to describe my taste as simple, natural, organic and reusable.

As soon as I saw these ceramic jack-o-lanterns surrounded by a gorgeous variety of annual and perennial plants, I knew right then how my front entry way would be decorated. You see, no matter what your front entry looks like, you can easily decorate it the same way I did. My front door isn’t actually visible from the street, but anyone coming to my house walks up from the driveway and sees the wall adjacent to my front porch first, so I decided to focus my efforts on that section of the front porch. I also liked how the step gave a little elevation change, as well, making it more visually interesting.

The ceramic jack-o-lanterns are heavy and solid - they will surely be a decoration I use year after year. I got a mixture of both annuals and perennials and I’ll explain why. First, annual plants tend to be cheaper because they’re meant to only bloom once. That’s totally fine with me because I love the way ornamental corn and purple millet look in my fall decorations, but I have no interest in seeing it planted in my garden year round! The perennial grasses, however, look fantastic year round, so once I’m done using the Burgundy Bunny, Chocolate Sedge and the Fireworks grasses (aren’t those great names?) in my decorations, they get planted in the yard.

This looks fantastic as is, but you can also add to this arrangement with a hay bail, a scarecrow, or whatever gives you that festive Halloween feeling. The only thing left would be to add a ton of real jack-o-lanterns that you and your kids carve!