Friday, October 21, 2011

Pay It Forward Friday: Be EXTREME with Holiday Decorations

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Before beginning our official Pay It Forward Friday post, we want to thank Jennifer from Just Jennifer. See Beautiful  is featured on her beautiful and inspiring blog today as part of her Terrific, Grateful, Important Friday (TGIF) with Just Jennifer. We love the way she's Paying It Forward and we're honored to be the feature. Please, please pop over and check out the thoughtful way she's inspiring others to see beautiful! Please see below for more wonderful ways to connect with Jennifer!

Now, let's Pay It Forward into the weekend:

Let's brainstorm a list of TRADITIONAL Fall or Halloween themed home decor:
  • A pumpkin
  • A jack-o-lantern
  • A leaf wreath
 If feeling a wee-bit on the FRISKY side, the list might include:
  • A spiderweb adorning your door (spiders included)
  • A tombstone
  • A witch flying into a tree
  • A skeleton
  • A hay bail 
  • A scare crow
There are a special few who sprint right past feeling frisky and one-up all decorations with  their EXTREME desire and dedication to shock, surprise, cheer others with their decorations. This post is for you, our "Extremists". This post is to get you thinking about how you might just shock, surprise, and undoubtedly cheer hundreds of people you don't know by thinking creatively when it comes to decorating for the holidays. Here's some inspiration (all located within a half mile radius of each other):

And while pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns are quite lovely, we must admit, we observed families stopping by the EXTREME decoration homes laughing with their children. Some stayed for over ten minutes simply wandering around the locale, taking in the sights (yeah, we were kind of squatting in our cars watching).

Our Pay It Forward Friday idea for you is to be extreme with your decorations. If it helps one family slow down, take their mind out of the daily grind, and laugh together, you've created a lot of seeing beautiful. If you can't be extreme in the decorating, you can Pay It Forward by gathering loved ones together and seeking decorations of the "extreme" to enjoy together.

Happy decorating!

P.S. Remember to check out Jennifer's blog, Just Jennifer HERE. 
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  1. Some go AAAAALLLLL out to bring the beauty/humor of the season to others. (A little thank you note in their mailbox would be appreciated)... it takes time and a lot of money to do this for others. If you think it is tooo much, just sit outside one of these homes and watch the smile on children's faces. PRICELESS!

  2. Love it! There is a house in my neighborhood I always walk by when walking the dogs. They have 4 of the blow up Halloween decorations in their yard w spooky music. It always makes me smile and think how fun it would have been to trick or treat at that house when I was a kid! I love holiday seasons!!

  3. Thanks so much for the lovely plug to my blog! And this is a very nice and creative idea. I must admit, I've flaked on getting the Halloween decorations out so far.

  4. This is great! I love the big black cat. I always get excited when I see houses all done up for Halloween. I am a new GFC follower. I hopw you can give the follow love back Thanks!

  5. Thank you for linking up to Shades of the Season party! I love decorating for Fall and Halloween!

  6. So - my son tripped over a guy wire to one of those inflatables early in the trick-or-treating. Thereafter, he kicked every single one we had to pass. He wasn't just punishing the giant air-filled pumpkin that had gotten him. He was taking it out on the whole idea. Every one. All night.


Thank you for sharing your thoughts & helping others see beautiful too!