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?

Are Your Boos Ready with Halloween Costumes?

Busy Mom Alert: You can still be your kids’ Halloween hero without leaving the couch! Did you know that there are affordable options for Halloween Costumes online? Just so you know, the kind folks at Oriental Trading® did send me costumes for this post, but the opinions are entirely my own.

Busy Mom Alert: You can still be your kids' Halloween hero without leaving the couch! Did you know that there are affordable options for Halloween Costumes online?

Halloween! It’s everything, right? OK, it’s not Christmas, but it’s a really close second. I have a Halloween baby and it’s a big deal in my house. A really big deal. But what’s a busy mom to do when she wants to make sure her kids are clad in the best costumes in town, but she doesn’t have a bunch of time for shopping, traveling from shop to shop, or worrying about sizing? She turns to Oriental Trading®, of course, right from her couch! The fact that her kids look amazing on Halloween (OK, I’m talking about myself and my own kids here) is a true win. Want to be a Halloween hero this year, and every year, too? Follow my advice because these costumes are amazing, affordable, and SIMPLE for mom. I’m a Halloween hero and I didn’t even try!

Busy Mom Alert: You can still be your kids' Halloween hero without leaving the couch! Did you know that there are affordable options for Halloween Costumes online now?

See, just like with my Halloween decor, I logged into Oriental Trading®, and I let the kids do the work. They picked out their costumes, I pressed a button, and done. DONE. Ninja, Gothic Prom Queen, and skeletons…oh my. Oh, how I love my simple life!

Busy Mom Alert: You can still be your kids' Halloween hero without leaving the couch! Did you know that there are affordable options for Halloween Costumes online now?

Are Your Boos Ready with Halloween Costumes?

I ordered the costumes, headed to the dollar store to pick up some extra props, and I’m a Halloween hero without taking out a second mortgage. Seriously, this holiday stuff can get expensive if you don’t know where to shop! Plus, how cute is he? I know, I know…cute as a button, in a threatening sort of way, of course.

Busy Mom Alert: You can still be your kids' Halloween hero without leaving the couch! Did you know that there are affordable options for Halloween Costumes online now?

Plus, having all of the best (and affordable decor) for photo ops is amazing because we, as moms, need all of the pictures we can muster to savor every memory!

Busy Mom Alert: You can still be your kids' Halloween hero without leaving the couch! Did you know that there are affordable options for Halloween Costumes online now?

I can’t wait for the actual night of all Hallow’s Eve. With the outside decor, plus the amazing backdrops in the house, there are so many memories to be made and cherished for years to come. What are you waiting for? The clock is ticking. Halloween is JUST around the corner. Be a Halloween hero this year! Your kids will thank you for it, and so will your bank account!

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!