I have saved my favorite for last…sort of like dessert. The back porch has been a very fun room to decorate this season – not just because of the bright cheery color scheme, but also because of the “Halloween decor.” Once I decided It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown worked as inspiration for the playroom, I knew it would work out on the porch as well.
I’ve learned when you decorate with a theme, you don’t have to go out and buy a lot of items. Subtle touches can go a long way. The only real “theme” purchases I made for this were the Lucy glass and the wire Linus on the buffet table. Lucy came from Hobby Lobby, (on sale!) and Linus came from Hallmark.
Everything else was mostly sticking to the color scheme and shopping the house for the rest of the items. Oh, I did purchase the orange plates and mugs from Dollar Tree….$12 for the service for 6 here. Not too bad.
Brown paper sacks tied with orange and red ribbon (like in the foyer) are nods to the bags carried by the Peanuts gang in the cartoon. (There is candy in each bag.) I just wrote the character names on ring tags for fun. Sally (Charlie Brown’s spunky little sister) sits across from Peppermint Patty.
Next to Sally is the boy of her dreams, Linus.
Across from Linus is Schroeder.
(I wish I had thought to look for a small toy piano to go beside his plate.)
Seated next to Linus is Charlie Brown.
(I should have put a rock at his place setting.)
And across from Charlie Brown, with a witch hat hanging on her chair, is Lucy, Linus’ older sister.
Here’s a view of the entire table.
Oh, and don’t forget the World War I flying ace of a dog, Snoopy.
In my last post, I included this photo and said there was a hint about the decorating in it. Did you catch the hint?
Peanuts…the Peanuts gang. Ha ha! (Sorry I could not resist that one.)
Okay, back to the “serious” decorating…
Pumpkins go a loooong way when you are decorating with orange in the fall.
And we have reached the end of the October-ness in the house. (I can tell you that November will be toned down quite a bit.)
And no, I am not planning on a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. But just because we have reached the end of my fall decorating for the month, doesn’t mean we are done for the month. I have a little more inspiration for you this week. (Hopefully…)
I say “hopefully” because things don’t always go as planned, do they? You know that “washing down the house” I started this weekend? Well something (we don’t know what) bit me while I was doing it, and part of my arm and hand started swelling up like the Incredible Hulk. So our Saturday date night turned into an evening at the after-hours Med Stop complete with sleep inducing Benadryl and an antibiotic. My arm is fine today, but I will wear some long gloves when I resume that activity. And…our daughter just called and she is sick and headed home to the doctor…sounds like strep to me.
But we did get to see Woodlawn last night. Excellent movie! Everyone needs to see it.
Here’s to a happy, healthy week as we wrap up this last week before Halloween.
Until next time…