Today, I’m excited to share with you our Thanksgiving porch. Hold your hearts, you guys, because there is color on this porch. I know! Let me tell you what happened…
Now, most of you guys know my signature and preferred color palette includes big doses of white with touches of gray, green, black and woodgrain. That combination has always been my jam because white is hands down my favorite color.
If you live in the South, you’ve likely already experienced the fact Fall doesn’t always feel like Fall until pretty late in the season (think late October or early November). Thankfully, that doesn’t stop us from dressing up our porches and patios in September amiright?
Shopping for Mums After Hurricane Irma
Well, right after Hurricane Irma hit, I was so excited to head to our local home improvement store and start loading my cart with mums. I wait all year to get gobs and gobs of mums. I want them inside – I want them outside – give me mums on the front porch, the back patio and on all the tables too. I’m obsessed with mums.
So, imagine my surprise when we found out several of the garden centers in our area were damaged by the storm and my beloved mums were diverted to other cities. For realz!
While we waited for more mum filled trucks to arrive (almost 4 weeks), we continued to clean up around our property. Little by little we added touches of fall in the living room, the entry and the breakfast nook until finally the mums had arrived.
And guess what?
Not one white mum on the entire truck ha ha.
I was this close to waiting for another truck until I found out we were having company coming to stay with us this weekend. Thankfully, I came to my senses and decided to tackle this mum challenge head on.
Here’s a peek at our colorful Thanksgiving inspired porch…
Adding Colorful Pink Mums & Other Seasonal Plants
It all started when I spotted these big baskets of plum colored mums and I totally fell in love. This is the first time I’ve ever tried this color on the porch but I love the way they pop against the front door.
The mums were also a pretty complement to our other fall/winter favorites ornamental kale and Dusty Miller.
This Blue Daze grows year-round in Florida so I just stuck a few pumpkin picks inside the plant to make it more festive. You can almost always find seasonal picks in the floral department of your local craft store on discount this time of year so keep that in mind when you’re out shopping.
With all the color surrounding the door, we knew we had to use something fairly neutral for the front door. I was rummaging around in the attic and found this wreath we used last year. It was perfect!
The rug is a vintage one we normally use indoors but the colors were too pretty not to use on the porch too.
We also scattered around a few pumpkins to help add color as well.
Creating Fall Inspired Vignettes on the Porch
If you had a chance to read Tuesday’s post, How to Spray Paint Wicker Furniture, you know we recently painted our white wicker furniture black. It was a decision I’d been contemplating for almost a year!
My mom found these plaid pillows for me, we buy the burlap feed sacks from the feed store, the blanket is thrifted and that sweet little pumpkin is from Michaels.
I also picked up this arrangement at Michaels and that totally awesome scoop was a present from the sweet ladies of 2 Bees in a Pod.
Front Porch Snack Ideas
Speaking of gifts, if you have company coming over at the last minute and you’re low on groceries just throw a quick plate of fruit, cheese and crackers together.
This is one of our favorite combinations with pears, walnuts and goat cheese drizzled with honey. We usually serve with ginger thins and it’s always a hit.
Thrifted and Vintage Items on the Porch
We found these cable knit sweater pillows at a local antique store for $10 each shortly before the Spring One Room Challenge.
This vintage trunk we painted a few years ago is still holding up well. It was a beast to move inside for the storm though ha ha. I might need to start doing a few more pushups over the holidays.
This heap of pumpkins on a silver platter was super easy to put together. It gives a little color to this zone without a lot of fuss to make it all look festive.
Of course, if you’re having people over you could always have a pumpkin party mix and an assortment of trail mix and granola too.
I know these tea cups are meant for tea or coffee but they make the cutest scoop.
We’ve used these thrifted pillows all over the house. Their neutral enough to go pretty much anywhere.
Kinda of like these cable knit pillows.
It’s hard to believe Thanksgiving is less than a month away now. I’m starting to get excited about the holidays. Are you?
Dare we say…Irma did you a favor? That’s awful to say our loud, but OMG we love the color and this beautiful porch!!! Plus we are so excited to see the pretty wood tray/bowl/scoop/thingy! And how smart are you to use a cute tea cup as a snack scoop? Totally stealing this idea! So inspired by it all. And the new black wicker furniture is perfection!
I think there was too much damage to say Irma did us a favor ha ha but I’m definitely grateful for the fresh start on the porch. Thanks so much for the wooden scoop. I love that thing 🙂 Hugs, CoCo