Last night we celebrated our daughter’s 2nd birthday with a trip to a local pumpkin patch. It felt a bit strange planning an outing to a pumpkin patch in September, but we knew the kids would enjoy it. Who are we kidding? We wanted to go as much as the kids but going there this early in the year stressed me out a bit. I saw all of the pumpkins, I saw all of the mums. I saw FALL, and I felt. . .behind. I’ve hardly done any decorating this year yet. Maybe I’ve never done any fall decorating this early. I don’t know. I can’t remember. I’m losing it.
Regardless, this trip was my opportunity to get started.
My husband and I gazed into the pumpkin patch and then back at our children and decided it was best to skip the patch this year yet and just choose some pumpkins from a bunch they had sitting out in front. I found some cute mini pumpkins at the patch that I snatched up right away.
To gather the big pumpkins, Josh went to get the wagon and Cora climbed inside.
On the way, Dane made me stop to take this picture of him. Being the proud “mumma” (that’s what we call me in our family) I am, I snapped about ten.
Dane and Cora made friends with the kitties on the farm. While Dane was picking out his pumpkin, this furry friend wanted to snuggle.
When we got home and put the kids to bed, I ran to get some glass containers off of my mantel and grabbed a wine glass from the cupboard. I just threw three of the mini pumpkins into the largest apothecary jar and it looked great. Fabulous. Here’s what I came up with for the rest:
I dumped some candy corn into the second jar, placed a pumpkin on top of the candy and then positioned a spooky spider I got from the dollar store right in the front. So happy this thing was plastic. I really don’t care for spiders. Or any kind of bug for that matter.
So, here’s what I did with the wine glass. I drew a ghost shape on some thin white paper, cut it out, drew on some eyes and then positioned it within a wine glass I tipped upside down. Almost like a little ghost trap. I placed another mini pumpkin on top of the glass base. I haven’t tried it yet, but I think that a battery operated tea light behind the ghost might look cool. I may have to try that on the mantel to see how it looks.
And, that’s that. A few more touches of fall to add to the house. I’m happy to say I left the pumpkin patch that night less stressed than when I had arrived. Do you feel like Halloween is approaching too quickly this year? One of those Keep Calm signs comes to mind right now. Last night mine would have said, “Keep Calm and Buy Mini Pumpkins.” Hope you find the inspiration you need to get started on your decorating this fall!
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