I used the same toparies from last year along with my ornament wreath.You can read all about how to make your own here.
I bought the toparies last year on black Friday (aka the worst shopping experience of my life) but I must confess, I'm not 100% happy with them. I wish they were a little fuller and fluffier. I can't get past the fact that when I look at them I think of toothpicks with lights. Maybe I can fluff them up myself, or should I just save my money to buy some really nice ones? I need your input on this one. But I digress...
Last year I had the idea of putting a christmas tree on one end of the porch. I stalked Craigslist until I found the perfect one. Then this fall I found a 7ft. prelit tree for 15 buckeroos. Awww yeah. I did a little happy dance for the entire evening when I picked it up. It's perfect. Yes, I realize the fake tree is outside and the real tree is inside, but that's just how we roll ;)
On the other end of the porch is a little black bench with some wrapped packages stacked on it.