How to Decorate for an Autumn Party for Free


Having a party? Go to the “free store” — woods, gardens, creekbanks, roadsides. That’s where all the best stuff can be found! Why pay for decorations when Nature so beautifully provides? Put branches with colorful leaves in vases. Cut wildflowers and late garden flowers. (Weeds are wonderful!) Grab pumpkins and gourds and fodder shocks from the garden.
The Chickens in the Road party is today! If you’re coming– Welcome! If you’re not– I’ll have pictures soon.
Little’s already hiding. He’s never been to a party before!

P.S. If you’re not having a party, decorate for yourself! Get outside and capture autumn. It’s waiting for you!


  1. heidiannie says:

    I can’t make it to West Virginia, but your decorations are lovely! And I love all the chairs waiting for your guests on the porch.
    Have a wonderful party, Suzanne and all that are coming- and take lots of pictures to share!

  2. Leah says:

    Have fun today! You inspired me to decorate for fall this wk end. :purpleflower:

  3. Katy ~ The Country Blossom says:

    I love your free decorating! It looks fantastic! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Melinda in Washington State says:

    I wish I could be there! Thanks for sharing! :shimmy:

  5. jason says:

    Would love to have been able to attend and meet all of the animals. Hope everyone has a great time.

  6. Chic says:

    :hungry2: Have fun Suzanne!!!! Wish Kansas wasn’t so far away from West Virginia but I’ll be thinking of you all and looking forward to your pictures. Maybe one day…..

  7. .Nancy in Iowa says:

    Me, too! Me, too! Wish I could be there, but I know you will all have a wonderful time. Your porch looks so welcoming! :snoopy: :sun:

  8. Runningtrails - Sheryl says:

    I took your suggestion and decorated my porch with pumpkins, dried leaves and flowers. Great idea!

    I love those colourful, bumpy gourds. Did you grow those? DSo you save your own seeds for next year? I’d be interested in trading you for seeds from those, when the seeds are ready. Wait until the gourds are finished and almost rotten, then cut open, wash off seeds and dry well. Plant next spring early indoors on the windowsill. Save some dried ones to trade with me ๐Ÿ˜€

    Is that a massive squash at the bottm of the front steps next to the pumpkins in front, or a large gourd? If its a squash, I’d LOVE some seeds from it too!

    I’m a seed junkie and I admit it, but I really will grow those, really I will! (Its even worse than my need to collect shoes.)

  9. quietstorm says:

    Hope everyone has a wonderful time! Wish I could be there too… :wave:

  10. Runningtrails - Sheryl says:

    Let me know if you are going to keep the seeds and would like to trade. I have a very long list of seeds saved.

  11. Senta Sandberg says:

    I so wish I could be there. I hope you are blessed with lots of good food, stories and laughter. :happypuppy:

  12. Debbie says:

    Can’t wait to see the party pictures! Have fun everyone.

  13. catslady says:

    Have a good time everyone! I wish I could decordate like that but my cats eat everything – I guess since yours get to go outside it’s not a biggie for them lol.

  14. monica says:

    Oh I do hope that the weather is nice for your weekend! The mountains are beautiful. You are so blessed with food, friends and beauty. With those things–you are truly fortunate.

  15. Shelly says:

    I also wish I could be there. Hope its a beautiful day! ๐Ÿ˜€ I have to stay in California right now.

  16. Sheila Z says:

    Party on Garth!

    I bet mean rooster is overwhelmed by all the people and hiding in a hedgerow.

  17. Shells says:

    Suzanne ….. plant some ornamental alliums in your garden and you will love the seed heads that are left in the late summer/early fall.

    I want to start fall decorating … I have pumpkins in the front yard but roses and other flowers from the summer still blooming in the back yard !!

  18. Gini says:

    I wish so much I could come hang out with you!

  19. The Retired One says:

    I SO wish I could come to the party!!

  20. MissyinWV says:

    We had a wonderful time! Thank you all so much for having us! All of the animals are just adorable and even cuter in “person” :). Kristen really enjoyed meeting Morgan! The visit was a pleasure. Your home is beautiful. Milking a goat is something I will remember for a long time! ๐Ÿ˜€

  21. Missy says:

    Everything was/is lovely Suzanne!

  22. JeannieB says:

    Wish I could have been there, thanks so much for sharing your life with us. Hugs from South Carolina!!!

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