Ready or not, fall has arrived.  The weather is starting to cool down and leaves are turning colors.

fall_leaves-resized-600I remember “shuffling” in the leaves as a kid and racking up huge piles of leaves so we could jump in them – such innocent fun in those days!

front_door_swag_by_my_southern_style-resized-6001.  Make a swag of autumn fruits, vegetables and leaves to “welcome” your friends.

leaf_&_nest_candle-resized-6002.  Isn’t this a wonderful candle arrangement for fall?  Just gather some supple twigs and make a nest topped with acorns and a few fall leaves.  Just be sure the leaves and candle are not touching and do not leave burning candles unattended because nobody needs a fire.

 leaf_&_sticks-resized-6003.  A bundle of sticks, fall leaves and berries make a simple table arrangement, especially when paired with pumpkins.

leaves_and_lamps-resized-6004.  Here is another arrangement with leaves and candles.  I love they way they are housed in coach lanterns.  If the leaves are preserved or silk they are less likely to be a fire hazard.

leaf_candle-resized-6005.  The leaves here are pasted to the mason jar which is lit with a small votive.  The light sets off the colors of the leaves beautifully.  For safety you could use a battery operated candle instead.

leaves_&_shells-resized-6006.  You can make your decorating really easy by just adding branches of fall leaves to a container of sand and sea shells.  It sort of signifies the end of summer and beginning of fall.

woven_cornocopia_martha_stewart-resized-6007.  Cornucopias are a great way to celebrate fall and make wonderful autumn decorations with fruit, vegetables and nuts cascading out of them.

2012-09-03_1028-resized-6008.  Just a bowl filled with pears or apples, nuts and leaves makes a simple but effective arrangement.

indian_corn_basket_by_diy-guides-resized-6009.  A simple bushel of Indian Corn says autumn has arrived and the harvest is in.

gourds_by_thefuntimesguide-resized-60010.  So does a basket full of assorted gourds.  Nothing could be simpler.  And finally set a beautiful place setting that you can make in no time.  Your guest will thank you.