It’s warming up and my thoughts are turning to my porch. There’s no place I would rather be. With the fresh air and cool breezes, why not come outside and enjoy the view?
The first thing I like to do when it warms up is to clean off my furniture. It gets so dusty out here at the farm. Then I pull out the pillows and cushions. I like to add some throws for those evenings when it gets a bit cool.
I like to plant some gorgeous plants to give the porch a garden feel. Who can resist the happiness that blooms bring? The hard part is remembering to water them.
A nice snack to set out for guests is a cheese tray. I like to throw in some fresh fruit too. This is a very popular snack at our house and it gets gobbled up fast.
No bar cart, no problem! I use an old wooden ironing board to serve drinks. It’s fun and unexpected. More importantly it folds up when not in use, so it can be easily stored. Think of some way to use things in new and interesting ways. Guests enjoy your cleverness and it’s a nice conversation starter.
If breakage is a concern, then use plastic plates. I have so many dishes, that I use the real thing on my porch. If something breaks, there’s plenty more where that came from.
If you don’t have ceiling fans on your porch, you can always set up a floor fan to keep the air moving. And now they have misting systems available for consumer purchase, so you can even buy a misting fan to really keep the porch cooled off. There’s usually a nice breeze across our porch, so we usually don’t need a fan.
Rocking chairs are a real plus. I’m not sure why it’s so soothing to sit in one, but that gentle rocking is very calming, and I know our guests really love them.
You can set up some games or play card games, but I don’t think any of that is necessary. The older I get, the more I enjoy just visiting with friends without the distraction of something else going on.
We’ve got a big table set up on our porch and I love to entertain out there. Inside is nice, but outside at that table, watching the sun set at the farm, chatting with friends…it’s magical!