Bless all you lovely people who have the fortitude to go all out for the holidays. Not just THE holidays, but ANY holiday. You know who you are.
You're my neighbor that I can count on to have an inflatable turkey, Santa, snowman, or gigantic live-action snow globe on your roof or lawn every winter. You don't shy away from covering your bushes with white spider-webby floss and filling the front yard with headstones and the formerly-dead rising from the earth at Halloween. The Easter bunny hops by your place every year hanging huge colored eggs on fishing line from every tree you own. Oh yes, I know you.
You and your fabulous seasonal decorating put my house to shame every holiday, but that's okay because when I drive by your house I get a smile from the hard work you've done, but I can't help but smile twice because my lazy butt doesn't have any of that horror to put away later.
My philosophy on holiday decorating, (and pretty much everything else in life except bacon and Bon Jovi), is LESS IS MORE. I have one box of Christmas decorations I pull out every year and once those are in place, I consider myself nearly done, except for the compostables.
Yep, compostable decor is one of my secrets to simpler holidays.
Because I'm the "just enough" holiday decorator, I do JUST ENOUGH so my house feels in season, but not so much that it's a pain to take down. But I can go crazy with compostables if I want to, because they don't have to be PUT away. They get THROWN away! Yahoo! Here are my favorite disposable decor ideas for the Thanksgiving and Christmas season.
I have a big evergreen tree in my back yard so I can just cut a handful of fresh greenery and lay it on the fireplace mantel or string it around my front door and POOF! It's Christmas! If you don't have your own evergreen tree, ask a friend or take a walk in the woods. If all else fails, nab some at your nearest Home Depot or Lowe's.
Pumpkins and Gourds
I love the warm variety of colors and textures that pumpkins and gourds offer for fall and winter decorating. Use itty bitty ones as part of your Thanksgiving tablescape by using your fanciest penmanship to write guest's names on them with a Sharpie. Place larger ones outside your front door.
I also happen to have a few holly trees in my yard, so holly branches with berries are plentiful and free. Left natural or sprayed gold, holly is sturdy and looks great combined with evergreen branches and ornaments. You can also use holly on your tablescape by tying a small holly branch to a rolled fabric napkin with a piece of velvet ribbon.
Nothing says fall like a big vase or bowl of beautiful fresh apples. Spruce it up (ha! get it? spruce?) with fresh greenery or holly for contrast.
Oh how I love the many gorgeous colors mums come in! A ten dollar pot of these quintessential fall blooms outside your front door or strategically placed indoors definitely says "fall weather has arrived" in a super simple way.
One of my favorite herbs, I love rosemary for its incredible freshness and piney scent, but also because it's evergreen and grows right outside my door for me to use all year. Not only is it great for holiday cooking, it's pretty in arrangements or all on its own. I cut some fresh branches and put them in a vase on the wall of my powder room for guests to enjoy.
Like many of the items on my disposable decor list, persimmons grow in my yard. (I know it sounds as if I have a huge yard, but it's just a regular little suburban yard) These gorgeous bright orange fruit are about as big as a tomato and firm like an apple. A wooden bowl arrangement of persimmons, whole nuts and some greens or rosemary makes a simple and striking centerpiece for any table.
These ideas aren't edgy or glitzy but what I love about them is their simplicity, their affordability and their temporary nature. What are some of your favorite ways to decorate for the holidays using plants, fruits and other compostable items?