With young kids at home, I want them to be excited about Thanksgiving and Halloween, but I have a hard time investing in decorations to help celebrate. Always being budget conscious and trying to remain a minimalist can sometimes pose a challenge around the holidays. It is easy to get carried away with overspending and over consuming on unnecessary items. I have put together a few simple and affordable ideas to help “pumpkin spice” (see what I did there) up your fall decor.

Stop adding, just swap

It is important with anything that we don’t over consume. By having appropriately labelled bins or storage for your unused holiday decor it helps to reuse and repurpose items each year. In the fall, bring out a fun doormat, or kitchen towels, pillow covers etc. at the end of the season put them back into the bin getting ready for the next one. This keeps your consumption low but still allowing you to partake in the festivities.

Bring nature indoors

With beautiful falling leaves full of colour, pinecones, sticks and even dried weeds just outside your front door, it is easy to collect these possible decorations without spending a dime. I love to make an activity out of it with the kids, collecting and going on adventure walks to see what we can come up with. Piece them together in a favourite vase or bowl to create a homemade centerpiece. The best part is you created a memory putting it together to talk about over the thanksgiving feast.

Decorate with books

Such a fun way to add a festive touch to your coffee table. There are lots of books on fall that incorporate halloween and holiday colours for that little pop of colour your family room needs. I love something that is multifunctional and doesn’t just get tossed at the end of the season and books are the perfect solution. Maybe your kids will even pick up and read a book instead of watching TV, win win in my books (really working on my puns here).

Front entrance decor

I am going to let you in on a little secret of mine – I have one set of wreaths I use for all different holidays and occasions. They are a basic eucalyptus wreath that I more or less add to for each occasion. For fall, I added these inexpensive wire garlands from the dollar store costing me literally $4 to refresh for the season. Alternatively you could create the same look with real leaves.

Adding warmth

To me fall is that first bit of warmth that comes with cooler weather. Adding a basket with additional throw blankets, spare slippers for guests who visit and some fall foliage is a great way to add some character with items you already have.

Support local

The holidays are generally a time of thanks, and supporting those around us. Finding a local farmers market and purchasing local pumpkins for fall decor is a great way of giving back and saying thank you. You can use them for a craft with the children, paint or carve them for front entrance decor or even use them for that pie you have been perfecting for your Thanksgiving dinner.