Cast a Spell with your Halloween Decorating

By Caroline Ranoia
Posted October 2004

Fall is in the air and John Madden is back on TV screaming.

I love the summers by the sea but Fall is something completely different. It's the time when locals come out of hiding and enjoy the island and all its splendor.

My first Fall experience on the island was the Harvest Fall Fair at Rea's Farm. The day was a perfect Fall day, crisp in the morning, and warmer in the afternoon, the evening was a crystal clear sky. I visited with friends, ate JB's wonderful pork sandwiches and shopped at all of my local favorite flea marketers.

The Fair inspired me to go home and decorate my house and store with beautiful fall flowers, pumpkins, and cornstalks.

Did you know that decorating your home for the Fall comes in second only to holiday decorating for Christmas. Can you believe that?

My quest to turn my little cottage into a Fall retreat started at my favorite shops (including mine) in the Cape May and West Cape May area, to pick up some great decorations.

One of my first stops was Cape Island Nursery for mums. Since my house is painted periwinkle, I of course, had to have my flowers coordinate with the house color.

The Nursery had so many colors to choose, my decision was a tough one, as it always is when I shop for my plants.

I did find the perfect color to coordinate with my home and purchased eight mums. I placed them on my front steps, one on each side of my steps, with little pumpkins arranged sweetly around the flowers.

My next stop was at Marlboro Market for lots of pumpkins in every size and shape, plus gourds and cornstalks. (Rea's Farm now also has a huge wagon load of pumpkins.)

I then tied cornstalks around the columns on my front porch with a pretty purple organza ribbon. I always loved the way purple and orange look together. I think they are the NEW Fall colors.

For my front door, I used a wreath I have in stock a beautiful REAL fall leaf wreath that smells like Fall. They are coated in paraffin and will last for years.

I love pulling up to my newly decorated home now and getting a warm, welcoming feeling.

You can create the same kind of feeling just by adding some of the things that I have listed.

You can find some wonderfully unusual decorations just by taking the time to visit the local stores and shops in the Cape May and West Cape May area.

They are all brimming with Fall decorations and will help you with your selections. Some rules to follow when decorating for the holidays:

  • Keep it simple with one theme and it will always look elegant.
  • Remember to make purchases that will last until Thanksgiving.
  • Add a little black and orange to any room to give it some seasonal appeal.

Create a welcoming look with lots of pumpkins and lanterns placed on your walkway to the entrance of your home or even up steps in the front of your house.

Let's not forget-- get the whole family involved and it will be something that they will remember as a good thing.

Enjoy the season, and celebrate each day as if it were a holiday. Life is to short not to!

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