I love using fall foliage for party decorations in the fall. My favorite fall foliage comes from my garden – mums, sedums, highbush cranberries. Using what I already have for fall decorating is a great way to stretch my party budget, too!
Fall Foliage for Party Decorations
Got a fall open house planned or a simple family birthday party? Head out to your yard to gather some fall-blooming flowers and foliage and create frugal, colorful displays for pennies. Here’s some suggestions for what to look for in your yard:
Fall Blooming Flowers
- Dried Hydranga
- Roses (yes, some roses like landscape roses are still blooming.)
- silvery foliage plants
- reddish foliage plants
- Maple leaves like the sugar maple
- Rhododendron (use pieces that need to be trimmed)
Creating Floral and Foliage Displays
Depending on what works for your home, put together a collection of vases from thrift shops or stores like Ikea. While you may love lots of fun decorative vases, stick to simpler ones with a little bit of texture. When your vases are less ornate, your flowers and foliage will be front and center, and you can group smaller vases together for a greater visual effect.
Think about height and width when putting the flowers and foliage in the vase. Longer stemmed flowers, tree branches, and big blooms should be in the back or middle of the display. If you have small bright flowers, either cut them with long stems and use them to punctuate the display, or gather them by themselves in a smaller vase. A series of single blooms in small vases can also create the idea of a larger flower display. When using a clear vase, you can use smooth river rocks or smaller glass pebbles to hide the stems.