What’s Your Outdoor Christmas Decor Theme?

What’s your outdoor Christmas Decor theme? Christmas is the season of magic. Make that magic special for everyone in your family by letting them all have a part in the decorating this year! Just so you know, I did receive fun decor from Oriental Trading® to facilitate this post, but all opinions are entirely my own.

What's your outdoor Christmas Decor theme? Christmas is the season of magic so make that magic special for everyone in your family by letting them all have a part in the decorating this year!

Last year, we lost a lot of our outdoor Christmas decor to four nasty storms in a row blowing through (hello, island living!). It wasn’t very magical, but I was determined to rebuild (dramatic much, Christy?). I pretty much figured since I was starting from ground zero that I could actually create a theme outdoors and I set out on a mission. Inside? I stand my ground. White and blue lights, a well-organized tree, a mantel that I love, an elf that moves while we sleep…the whole nine. Why not do that with my outside Christmas decor theme as well? It all started with a Santa, and surely it would come together as neatly and as perfectly as the indoor decor always does, right?

What's your outdoor Christmas Decor theme? Christmas is the season of magic so make that magic special for everyone in your family by letting them all have a part in the decorating this year!

WRONG! This year (and it was about time, I might add), I decided to include the babies in my decor shopping experience. I’m frugal so I like to bargain shop. Oriental Trading Company is one of my favorite go-to online shops (because I don’t have to leave my house or jammies to shop and it’s affordable) and that’s where I found the inflatable Santa (PS – he can not only hang from the gutter as shown, but he also comes with stakes and can stand up in the yard). From there, I thought we’d stay Santa themed. Bug’s “Letters to Santa” box was a good local find. Then we picked up a flamingo and you can probably see where this is going.

What's your outdoor Christmas Decor theme? Christmas is the season of magic so make that magic special for everyone in your family by letting them all have a part in the decorating this year!

We had Santa up on the rooftop (or falling off, you can look at it as you like), we had the mailbox locked and loaded, and then…a flamingo? Wait, this wasn’t the plan at all!

What's your outdoor Christmas Decor theme? Christmas is the season of magic so make that magic special for everyone in your family by letting them all have a part in the decorating this year!

This is kind of where the madness began.

What's your outdoor Christmas Decor theme? Christmas is the season of magic so make that magic special for everyone in your family by letting them all have a part in the decorating this year!

In the form of a 9′ lighted, animated dragon (his wings really FLAP), a redneck Santa in a pickup with penguins hanging out the windows and stuff (OK, that was my pick to be honest), a daschund for every season, and so much more. Basically, my yard is now a hodge podge of Christmas magic of the most unorthodox (and totally fun to come home to) kind.

What's your outdoor Christmas Decor theme? Christmas is the season of magic so make that magic special for everyone in your family by letting them all have a part in the decorating this year!

Bubby kind of put the icing on the totally-random-I-have-no-theme-to-my-decor cake – so to speak – when he made a plea (OK, he begged) for the narwhal. We all know my favorite Christmas movie is Elf, so I quickly caved and now there’s a narwhal swimming in the ocean (it’s green grass, but you know…it counts). Byyyeee Buddddyyyyy!

What's your outdoor Christmas Decor theme? Christmas is the season of magic so make that magic special for everyone in your family by letting them all have a part in the decorating this year!

So, if you ask me what my Outdoor Christmas Decor Theme is this year, I’m just gonna have to admit…it’s a hodge podge of mismatched, inflatable, fun nonsense, but it works for us, and it truly makes me (and the babies) smile every night. To H. E. double toothpicks with perfection this year. The world’s a mess. Let’s all throw caution to the wind and just have fun again. I’m enjoying seeing my not-so-planned-out decor every day and so can you. Oriental Trading® can help. I’m starting a hot-mess of a movement, who’s with me?

Spooktacular Budget Halloween Home Decor

Decorating for Halloween doesn’t have to be expensive. You can have the scariest house in the neighborhood without breaking the bank when you build your own Spooktacular Budget Halloween Home Decor with Oriental Trading® and these tips!

Decorating for Halloween doesn't have to be expensive. You can have the scariest house in the neighborhood without breaking the bank when you build your own Spooktacular Budget Halloween Home Decor with Oriental Trading® and these tips!

I’m a little obsessed with Halloween. Not quite as obsessed as I am with Christmas, but obsessed just the same. Other than the coming of fall and cooler weather, I look forward to it all year long. Although I always say that I’ll wait until October 1st to start decorating, I really never do. This year was no exception. I started on September 23rd this year and began the process of building my Spooktacular Budget Halloween Home!

Have the scariest house in the neighborhood without breaking the bank when you build your own Spooktacular Budget Halloween Home decor with these tips!

What was a little different this year from the past years is that little budget word I had to toss in there. See, if you’ve been following along at all (especially on Facebook), you already know that our family grew recently and we have two extra mouths to feed for awhile. All good! It’s a happy chaos and I’ve done this budget thing before; I got this! If you’re looking to turn your home into a haunted house on a budget this year, here are some tips that may help you out!

Have the scariest house in the neighborhood without breaking the bank when you build your own Spooktacular Budget Halloween Home decor with these tips!

Spooktacular Budget Halloween Home Decor

Tip 1: Know where to shop! You don’t have to go to one of those big fancy-pants Halloween stores (although, they are super fun) to build your Halloween home decor arsenal. Each year, I set a budget and see what’s new on Oriental Trading’s Halloween Headquarters. Greta here was last year’s big ticket item and she’s pretty darned creepy standing on our front porch with her glowing red eyes and blood smeared everywhere. Isn’t she PERFECT?! This brings me to my next tip.

Have the scariest house in the neighborhood without breaking the bank when you build your own Spooktacular Budget Halloween Home decor with these tips!

Tip 2: Build your arsenal up over time. Don’t think you have to go all out the first year or two. Buy a little each year (dollar stores are your friends here too), and within a few years, you’ll be amazed at how much stuff you’ve accumulated!

Have the scariest house in the neighborhood without breaking the bank when you build your own Spooktacular Budget Halloween Home decor with these tips!

Tip 3: Do buy an assortment of noisy stuff! The more spooky noises coming from your walkway, yard, and house…the better. All of those spooky noises coming from everywhere actually up the fear factor quite a bit (don’t expect the toddlers to be overly thrilled though!). This year, I added this fantastically frightening Gargoyle Door Knocker to “welcome” our guests into our home. Doorbells are so overrated, dontchathink?

  Have the scariest house in the neighborhood without breaking the bank when you build your own Spooktacular Budget Halloween Home decor with these tips!

Tip 4: Always make your trick or treaters feel welcome! Come on in, my pretties, let’s take a look at the inside now, shall we?

Have the scariest house in the neighborhood without breaking the bank when you build your own Spooktacular Budget Halloween Home decor with these tips!

Tip 5: You can never have too many gargoyles during the Halloween season.

Have the scariest house in the neighborhood without breaking the bank when you build your own Spooktacular Budget Halloween Home decor with these tips!

Tip 6: Backdrops are your friends. They’re cheap, they’re easy to put up, they make for great decorations, and they’re prefect for pictures at all of your parties. Everyone loves standing in front of a great scene and taking a selfie. Provide the perfect corner for your party guests!

You can have the scariest house in the neighborhood without breaking the bank when you build your own Spooktacular Budget Halloween Home Decor with these tips!

Tip 7: More is more. Look, I’m all about the less is more concept. I apply it with my makeup, my hairspray (except for in the 80s because…BIG HAIR), spices in my recipes…but that concept doesn’t apply here. Ever walked into a haunted house that just had a little stuff scattered here and there? No, you say? Of course not! Make sure to drape spooky cloth wherever you can. It adds to the ambiance and it’s SO cheap. It’s seriously your best friend!

DIY Budget Halloween House Decor

Tip 8: Don’t feel the need to remove your normal decor from the equation. It’s YOUR house. Make it your own, but creepier. Leave the beachy touches as they were and dress them up for the occasion!

Have the scariest house in the neighborhood without breaking the bank when you build your own Spooktacular Budget Halloween Home decor with these tips!

Tip 9: Little DIY projects from last year’s leftover party favors are your friends. I had some skeletons left over. I strung those boney guys up on some fishing line…insta garland for the tiki bar. FOR FREE.

Have the scariest house in the neighborhood without breaking the bank when you build your own Spooktacular Budget Halloween Home decor with these tips!

Tip 10: Leave surprises throughout your home. See that guy up there? He’s kind of hidden out and it’s super funny in fact. Once you get past the yard, the entrance, the living room fright fest, you turn the corner, and he starts screaming away. It’s priceless to scare your guests over and over again. That’s what Halloween is all about, right?

Have the scariest house in the neighborhood without breaking the bank when you build your own Spooktacular Budget Halloween Home decor with these tips!

This last one isn’t a tip, just a fact actually. You want to use all of the cool lighting that you possibly can…inside and out…but you need to know that said cool lighting (especially strobe lights) will not photograph well so be prepared for that. However you choose to decorate for Halloween this year, or any other holiday in fact (and you should totally decorate for ALL of them because…FUN), be sure to be kind to your wallet. Visit Oriental Trading® today, build up your spooky arsenal, and just have fun. The world is so full of stress these days. Kick back, relax, and make people scream (in a good way) for a change. There’s so much fun to be had. Who’s with me? Happy Halloween, y’all!

Patriotic Summer Beach House Decor

Holiday decorating is a family tradition that everyone can enjoy. Thanks to my partnership with Oriental Trading, I was able to transform my home into a special Patriotic Summer Beach House to celebrate the summer holidays!

Celebrate summer when you transform your home into a Patriotic Summer Beach House so you enjoy Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day the festive way!

If you follow along here, or on Facebook, you probably already know that I’m obsessed with decorating for the holidays. Inarguably, Christmas is my favorite (I am actually an elf in mommy clothing after all), but I don’t discriminate against the other holidays. Whether it be Halloween, Mardi Gras, Valentine’s Day, 4th of July, or really any other holiday, I’m always down for making the house fun for the kids, and for me if we’re being honest!

Celebrate summer when you transform your home into a Patriotic Summer Beach House so you enjoy Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day the festive way!

Patriotic Summer Beach House Decor

Although Christmas is my favorite, summertime decorating is a total win all around; a lazy busy mom’s decorating dream come true so to speak. Why, you ask? Because what’s better than THREE patriotic holidays in a row? That’s right, one set of decorations, a one-time set up, and BAM…you’re done decorating for Memorial Day, the 4th of July, and Labor Day…just like that!

Celebrate summer when you transform your home into a Patriotic Summer Beach House so you enjoy Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day the festive way!

Red, white, and blue everything…all summer long. From Patriotic Hanging Lanterns lined neatly (hello OCD) in your beach den with tiki bar, of course…

Celebrate summer when you transform your home into a Patriotic Summer Beach House so you enjoy Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day the festive way!

To Patriotic Windsock String Lights lighting the way on entryways throughout your home, you really can’t go wrong!

Celebrate summer when you transform your home into a Patriotic Summer Beach House so you enjoy Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day the festive way!

This year, I went with an American theme and I’m glad I did because this heavy-duty Cloth Americana Bunting and matching Cloth Vintage Pillar Buntings have really been standing up well to these crazy storms we’ve been having in Galveston so far this summer. Seriously….so much wind and rain, it’s insane!

Celebrate summer when you transform your home into a Patriotic Summer Beach House so you enjoy Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day the festive way!

Although I do primarily do all of my holiday decorating for my kids (and me), I really want anyone that stops by to feel welcome, so a patriotic welcome sign (or any other welcome sign) should always be on every home door…all the time. That’s my tip for the day; you’re welcome!

Celebrate summer when you transform your home into a Patriotic Summer Beach House so you enjoy Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day the festive way!

It’s not too late to decorate for your patriotic summer! The 4th of July is right around the corner and we still have Labor Day. Oriental Trading has everything you need at affordable prices with quick shipping. Your kids will thank you and you’ll enjoy knowing you don’t have to decorate again until Halloween. Show everyone how proud you are to be an American with your Patriotic Summer Beach House Decor. It doesn’t take a long time or a lot of money, and it’s SO. MUCH. FUN!