Dramatic Fall Party Flowers

By Paula Felps

Fall means that it’s time to change our clothes, our clocks — and our floral decorations. The fall season offers several new options for your party décor, says Alice Priessman of Whitetail Acres Nursery and Landscaping in Brookville, Indiana.

“There are so many different ways to decorate for fall, and the best part is, most of it is free,” Alice says. “You can find so much in your backyard to make your floral arrangements more colorful.”

The fiery reds and burnished orange hues of fall are the perfect complement to any floral arrangement. They also give a wonderful new look to perennials that are nearing the end of the season, Priessman adds.

Think outside the (flower) box

Some of Priessman’s favorite ways to decorate for fall include:

  • Make a “mumkin.” Carve the center out of a pumpkin, fill it half-full with soil, and plant a mum inside. “It’s really pretty, whether you use it for a centerpiece or put it on your front porch.”
  • Be a basket case. Collect branches with colored leaves, pods, and hedge apples and arrange them in a basket with your favorite flowers. Whether on a table or a bathroom counter, this will deliver a touch of fall for your guests.
  • Think in black and white. Make an arrangement with white pumpkins and black corn for a surprisingly contemporary look.

“Once you start looking for natural fall things, you’ll see them everywhere,” Priessman says. “You don’t have to spend a lot of money, and it’s something fun to create with your kids. You’ll be surprised at what you come up with.”

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