Rhondi of ROSE COLORED GLASSES is hosting her annual PORCH PARTY!!!
This event is one I really look forward to. . . not because I have great decor to share, but because I love to "porch hop" and see how other folks get their outdoor spaces spiffed up for warm weather enjoyment!
The last three years, I have shared my Patriotic Porches. Sadly, this year. . . I have not decorated for the Fourth. . . . yet. I have to say, my DIL can't believe it.
I can't believe it.
That's the way I handled decking out for Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, and even Easter this year, too!!!
I went to the effort of hauling the boxes full of decorations upstairs from the basement....only to have them remain in the exact spot until a day or two before the holiday. . . at which point I slapped the stuff out!!!! Then, it stayed out way too long. I would finally decide to pack it all up and take it back down to the basement. . . without really having enjoyed the decor that once made me so happy!
Is that a sign of a mental issue. . . .or am I just old and tired? Lordy. . . .I hope it's a big fat NO on both accounts!
SO, I am hoping that, with Rhondi's "gentle push", I will get my self in gear and at least spiff up the porches around this joint. Then maybe, while I'm on a roll from "porch spiffing", I'll carry that enthusiasm into the rest of my home!
So here we go. . . .
First, I'd like to share one of my most cherished possessions. . . an old mop bucket.
This bucket was given to us as a housewarming gift from my pal Bonnie when we moved here six years ago. It was filled with the most gorgeous plants. Ever since, I have enjoyed giving it a new look each summer.
I used the word "enjoyed" to describe how I feel when I fill this container with foliage . . . and this is why. . . .
The above photo was taken on May 30, 2011, just before I filled it with plants. The one below is how it looks today!!! The plants are thriving and looking so pretty!
Here is a shot of our back patio. It's kinda an "L" shape, with this area being the longest part.
There are actually two big metal tables in this spot. . . with six pots of red periwinkles/vinca and the mop bucket marching down the white porch rail.
This area is not covered with a roof. . . that's still a sore spot with me. I tried to convince my hubby and builder that we needed it covered, since it faces West. I lost the fight. So, it's a hard spot to enjoy in the afternoon. . .and even until the sun sets.
This section is the "small end of the L" and is covered by a roof.
The windows are a French door that goes into our dining room. If you look closely, you can see our kitty, Twiggy, in the lower left window pane. . . watching me get ready for all of you guys to visit us!!!
This little set of table and chairs is a new addition to the patio. I wanted something smaller than the larger sets we had. . . just to sit at and enjoy a cup of coffee in the mornings or a little meal with the hubby in the evenings.
When I saw this at a recent antique show, I had to have it!!
My friend, Claudia, was selling it at the Greenwood (Missouri) Garden Show in April!!
So, this little table will be the spot where you and I can visit when you come by during the Porch Party!!!
It'll be a cozy little place. . .and it's covered by the roof!!
I decided to add a vintage black and white table cloth, an old berry box, some mini-carnations and a bandana. . .
along with some wonderful old silverplate I recently picked up at a flea market.
With napkins, small plates and a sweet patriotic candle (given to me from my buddy Patty), I'm almost ready for your visit!
But, I needed a "theme".
So, because it's Summertime. . . and because I'm nuts about watermelons. . .
guess what YOU'RE gonna get to eat today?
Yep, some awesome and juicy and sweet and delicious watermelon!!
Of course, I can't stop at one item to serve you. . . no way!!
I came up with these terrific angel food cake watermelon goodies, too!!
Just like the rest of you, I've been super duper busy lately and didn't have time to create some grand little treat, so I picked up little prebaked "loaf" pans of angel food cakes at our store.
Next I cut them up and "shaped" the pieces to sorta resemble watermelon slices (ya gotta use your imagination here!) :)
Next, I grabbed some pre-made white frosting and some food colors. . .
and went to work!!!
First a little pinkish/red. . . then. . .
a bit of green around the edges!!
Finally, a few squeezes of black frosting to create the "illusion" of seeds and . . .
we're ready for a PORCH PAR-TAY!!!!
Look who's joined us for the fun. . . THE STONE RABBIT!!!! He's been looking forward to seeing you, too!!
OK. . . so just help yourself while I go inside and fix us an extra special liquid refreshment!!!
I know this will be a big hit at the Porch Party. . . WATERMELON MARGARITAS!!!
Here you go!!!
Now, if you like, we can leave the tequila out, but I have to say "WHY"? :)
It was so nice of you to visit today!
While you're here . . .
let's concentrate on relaxing and enjoying our time together. . .
taking in the scent of the fresh basil and . . .
while watching another batch of storm clouds roll in.
Of course, we'll have to toast to another GREAT PORCH PARTY!!!
Thank you, Rhondi, for hosting this great event!!!
Please visit her blog, ROSE COLORED GLASSES, for a grand tour of terrific summer porches and patios!