Neohome for the Holidays
In many parts of the world, as the year turns from summer to fall, people young
and old prepare for the coming holiday season. This excitement and anticipation
are evident in how we enjoy playing Neopets. Spooky costumes adorn many a colorful
Beauty contest entry. Galleries of Holiday foods and gifts get put on display
and snow frosted lookups show off the Christmas painted pets of proud owners.
With this in mind it’s time to turn to one arena where the creative Neopets player
can really show off for the holidays. Decorating your Neohome for the season is
a real blast, especially when it comes to the latter half of the year. Both indoors
and outdoors, your Neohome can be the perfect canvas for showing off your Seasonal
Gardens can get a new look for fall by altering the basic colors of the grounds.
At the bottom of each garden page is a little white arrow; if you hold your
mouse button over that it will bring up the save option as well as the option
to change the basic colors of your garden. Try boosting the reds to give your
grounds a golden autumnal glow or dropping the level of green and red to cast
your grounds in a snowy blue hue. Adding autumnal colors in your choice of plants,
like the Furry Autumn Bushes, Fire Bush and Blazing Frooble Shrub provide brilliant
spots of color to your garden, while the Pile of Autumn Leaves and Mini Pumpkin
add the perfect seasonal accent. For a spooky touch, look for the carved pumpkins
featuring Dr Sloth, Lord Kass, Meuka or the Pant Devil to place alongside a
cheerfully devilish Halloween Aisha Gnome or your own personal Von Roo Halloween
Blumaroo Gnome. In December, consider decorating a few gardens for winter by
adjusting the colors of the grounds and setting out some snowy Shoyru or Mynci
Gnomes amidst a display of Snow Covered Trees and Snow Bruce Sculptures, or
even an elegant Ice Skating Rink. Try staging a snowball fight between garden
gnomes using careful placement of white paving stones and any of the raised
arm gnomes like the Yellow Scorchio Gnome against the Cheeky Blue Acara Gnome.
The interior of your Neohome will really benefit from taking advantage of the
seasonal decorations. While sometimes pricy, a few well placed pieces of spooky
furniture can definitely enhance a room. Glowing eyed Silly Pumpkins or Oozing
Candles can cast a room with an eerie light, while a Crystal Ball Table surrounded
by Bone Chairs can set the scene for a creepy séance. Don’t be afraid to experiment
with ideas, get creative with design and positioning of your items. One of the
more interesting tricks I saw once was the quite simple use of Round Table Lamps,
with the glow function turned on, scattered randomly about a room. The effect
was eerie, designed to look like ghostly will-o-the-wisps floating through the
air and it succeeded admirably.
Family get-togethers and feasting is a big part of many holidays, so don’t
forget to trim that dining room set. Desert pottery provides for many interesting
table displays. Layering furniture items can give you really interesting effects,
so don’t hesitate to experiment. Placing a solid color dresser on top of a table
can simulate the look of a decorative table runner, then just add a few Black
Osiris Plates and a floral display made from several Hanging House Plants layered
together for a festive holiday table. You can change the layers and levels of
furniture by adjusting the depth of an item. Use lower depth for rugs, couches
and things like that, higher depth for decorations on top of those items.
When December rolls around you can really go crazy with the decorations. Everything
from the relatively inexpensive Holly Wreath, in deluxe or plain version to
hang on your Neohome walls, to the expensive Sprig of Mistletoe to hang above
a doorway can really add a festive look. Bring a bit of the outdoors inside
by creating an indoor ice skating rink. Use Snow Rugs around the edges of a
room and Icy Desks or Tables fitted across the floor surface to simulate the
look of an icy field. Add a few Snow Chia Sculptures and a robot pet whirring
across the ice in circles and you have a truly spiffy playground for your pets.
You might like it so much you’ll want to keep it up all year! One of my favorite
decorations during the winter months is the Christmas Tree. There are several
different styles to fit all manner of décor. The traditional Decorated Tree,
the flashy Disco Decorated Tree, even the chilly Icy Decorated Tree may suit
your favored style. Pop one of these into a room, layer a round rug beneath
it for a tree skirt and pack in the presents! Presents, you ask? Yes, all sorts
of things work for cute and interesting gifts under the tree. Pillows of all
colors work nicely, as do many of the Petpet Supplies like balls, beds and cages.
Sometimes item images aren’t synched correctly and will show up as a plain yellow
box; try using these as presents under the tree for decoration. Experiment with
different shapes and sizes to find the look that suits you best.
Don’t forget to brighten the walls with beautiful Brightvale windows. Bone,
Broken, or Boarded Up windows will help add to that mysterious manor feel of
a Halloween room, while a Holly or Snowager pane shows nicely in a Winter themed
room. The Triangular Acorn and Tree Pattern Stained Glass windows are lovely
for Fall décor, although a creative designer could find inspiration for seasonal
looks in most of the windows available.
It’s possible to decorate on a budget by watching for special Holiday sales
that some players hold, or buying the items you know you’ll want early in the
year so you’re all set for that special themed room. Each year the Neopets Advent
Calendar generously donates at least a couple of new winter items for Neohomes,
so take advantage of them to decorate for the season.
Once you’ve started decorating for the Seasons it’s hard to stop. While this
article focuses specifically on the Halloween/Fall/Yuletide décor, you might
find inspiration for a Valentines or Summer picnic room; the possibilities are
limitless. Design a Calendar of rooms to enter in the Neohome contest. Play
a scavenger hunt game with your Neofriends, searching for specific hidden items
in the Neohome for laughs. A fun guild game might be a Decorated Neoroom display,
the prize of course being the owner of a brilliant room fit for the Season,
and the admiration of your guild mates.