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6 Tips for How to Properly Celebrate Fall

6 tips for how to properly celebrate fall #autumn photo from Style Me Pretty Living

It’s September! And even though it’s still 80 degrees and humid here in Hong Kong, I can’t help but secretly be super excited for fall. I mentally consider seasons to have arrived probably way earlier than most normal people. Growing up, my mom used to put out different holiday decorations each month. So following my birthday on August 30th, she’d break out the pumpkins, autumn leaf garlands, and fall hand towels. I hope you’re on board with me here with my 6 tips for how to start properly celebrating fall!

fall outdoor patio goals photo from Glitter Guide

1. Make your home feel cozy from the second you walk in the door.

The first place to start is your home. You want it to feel cozy and homey, like that favorite wool sweater of yours that you love wrapping yourself up in. Whether it’s a 500 square foot apartment or your first house, there’s nothing a set of twinkle lights and lit candles can’t fix.

Adding candles always makes a space feel more cozy. If you’re like me and you don’t have an outdoor patio, string up lights inside over your bed or underneath your tv. Remember, less is more. Think like the Scandinavians think. Everything must have a purpose. 

pumpkin photo from Karin Evelina

2. Get a pumpkin.

I don’t care that it’s only September. Go ahead and find yourself a pumpkin! It doesn’t matter if it’s big or small, fake or real. Just get some sort of pumpkin. You can put it in front of your door by the entrance mat or on the center of your dining table. No matter what, it’s guaranteed to get you excited for fall!

fall party with your girlfriends photo from Style Me Pretty Living

3. Organize a fall get together with your closest girlfriends. 

There’s nothing else I’d rather do in fall than wrap up in flannel blankets, eat cinnamon spiced donuts, and sip on warm apple cider with my girlfriends. I mean, one look at this tablescape and I was like, “I need that in my life”. Of course, the setting would more realistically be in my parents’ living room or backyard. No matter where it is though, the copper mugs and warm orange and red flowers are an absolute must.

cinnamon spiced donuts photo from Style Me Pretty Living

4. Bake a fresh batch of sugar-coated donuts.

You can’t have a proper fall celebration without donuts. You can try my recipe for vegan & gluten-free baked cinnamon sugar donuts which is always a favorite of mine. It also happens to be one of the most popular recipes on my blog! Or I’m eyeing up these vegan maple crumb donuts and mini vegan pumpkin & cinnamon sugar donuts. Nothing says “fall” to me more than the smell of freshly baked treats wafting through the air!

fall bar cart idea photo from Pizzazzerie

5. Decorate a cute “bar” cart. 

You guys probably all know by now that I don’t drink alcohol. But that doesn’t mean I don’t love bar carts! I think it’d be really fun to throw a party banner over the front and fill a bar cart with festive napkins, champagne glasses, and pumpkins in all shapes, sizes, and colors. For the drinks, I’d make this refreshing homemade mermaid lemonade or this cozy dairy-free golden chai hot chocolate. Cheers!

fall traditions Photo from Lindsay Letters

6. Create your own family traditions.

Now that I’m engaged, my fiance and I have started thinking about what our family traditions will be. We want our house to feel like a home and for every day to be lived with intention. We want our home to be filled with love, laughter, and adventure. So, we spend each season and every holiday slowly collecting memories and spending time doing fun things like having romantic candlelit dinners at home, watching festive movies, and picking out pumpkins together. One by one, over time these fun activities will become traditions.

I hope you enjoyed my 6 tips for how to properly celebrate fall! Of course, there’s no right or wrong way to go about it, but I hope these ideas help inspire you and give you a step towards a more fun fall spent celebrating the season.

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