Monday, June 21, 2010

Summer Porch Party !

Hello and welcome to my first day of summer, porch party. Summer has arrived and our screened porch is where we spend so much of our spare time, so I thought you might enjoy a visit.

The bed is a perfect place to curl up with a book and a cold lemonade or tea.

or a good place to sit and chat for awhile.

You can enjoy the fragrance of the peonies ,roses and honeysuckle nearby- oh, and I mustn't forget the lilacs!

We enjoy the view of the southern garden from up here.

Did you notice the shutters got a new coat of paint-the floor also but I guess you can't see that.

We enjoy many family gatherings on our porch in summer

Like our brunch a few weeks ago.

Get in line and help yourself-there is always plenty of food.

Or maybe you would rather afternoon tea?

Tea and scones, are always nice-don't you think?

Or a light lunch of soup and sandwich

Lemonade and cookies hit the spot on a hot summer day

Our grandson Alec eyeing his options for afternoon tea.

The barefoot hostess setting up for tea.

Some guests arrived!

Also a good place for tea with granddaughter Jessica

A cup of tea for you.

Maybe now,you would just like to curl up for awhile on the bed, to read or have a little nap!

I will tiptoe out now while you relax and visit with Rhondi at Rose Colored Glasses who is hosting this fun party again. After your little nap join us over at Rhondi's lovely porch to see all the other pretty porches.

This is also Cielo's Show off your Cottage Monday over at the lovely house in the roses so I am going to join in there also-so more pretty places for you to go see also.

Thank you so much for visiting and I will have lots of garden photos to share with you later this week, if you would like to visit again.

Enjoy!

Carolyn

48 comments:

Beverly said...

Carolyn, you are the most gracious hostess, and every time you welcome us into your home we are surrounded by beauty. I believe barefoot hostesses are the very best kind.

Every detail is gorgeous. I love it all.

Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com said...

Hi Carolyn, I agree with Beverly. You are a wonderful and gracious hostess. Your home has such a welcoming feel to it. I know your guests enjoy their surroundings, the food and the company. That is exactly how it should be. Your home is lovely. Your blog is lovely....and that says a great deal about you! Loved the visit. I'm your new follower too!
Blessings,
Debbie

Lottie said...

Carolyn, your porch is so beautiful and inviting! The brunch looked delicious. Just a beautiful post!

Dawn-Hydrangea Home said...

So beautiful! I enjoyed my visit - music and all!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Carolyn, What a beautiful porch and the brunch looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing this wonderful space with us.
Hugs, Sherry

Brooke (CreativeCountryMom) said...

Oh my what a lovely treat
you gave us today. I
certainly enjoyed my visit!
~Brooke
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bj said...

OMGosh...this is an absolute DREAM PORCH. I just love it all. Everything is so so pretty.
Your home is so lovely and I am just beside myself for a screened in porch. The problem out here on the plains of West Texas is that it would have to be glassed-in...we HAVE to have the air conditioning. So hot, windy and dry here.
Beautiful post !!

Cabin and Cottage said...

What a pleasure to visit your beautiful porch! I don't know how you get everything done--I would have a hard time leaving that porch! But then there are so many many lovely spaces. Such a darling birdcage--and I enjoy all your soft pinks and greens. I missed your last bench post over the busy weekend so I got to that too. Perfect for your gardens. And I love the way you dressed it all up! Best to you, Jacqueline

Madelief said...

Hi Carolyn,

What a beautiful place to have a party! It looks very festive! Did you make everything yourself? You must have been baking for days!!! Enjoyed seeing your family as well. Thank you for sharing.

Lieve groet, Madelief

Miss Merry said...

What a lovely porch! I think I would like to spend a lifetime there. The furnishings are so romantic and welcoming. I could curl up on your bed with a book! I did not think anything could top your decorating until I saw your brunch. Wow! You are amazing!

Susis gelbes Haus said...

Hi Carolyn...
wonderful pictures !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! a dream!!!! a nice evening Susi from Bavaria

Vintage French Hen said...

Your home and garden wins my vote for being the most beautiful! I always love visiting your blog, thanks so much for sharing! Marcia

It's me said...

What a beautiful summer party !!! Carolyn.....wauwwwww amazing lots of food !!! ..............I'll gladly drink a cup of tea with you!......happy summertime....my love.....hugs from Ria.....

podso said...

You do a great job of helping us feel like we are right there! I love the doors on your porch! And the food looks delicious, and there is no better place to nap!

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

Just beautiful Carolyn! I took your button home with me so I can spot you easily. I have found a new friend!

dogsmom said...

Happy Summers start!
Your porch looks like a lovely place to spend the entire day.
This brought back memories of a dear aunt, who had an enclosed porch where family loved to gather and laugh at funny stories.

Virginia said...

I just love visiting you, it’s such a delight. Every thing is always so pretty and romantic.
Blessings,
Virginia

Morning Glory Cottage said...

Your porch is gorgeous. The gardens beyond are lovely also. Lucky you.

Sanna said...

Hi Carolyn,

Everything looks delicious and your photos are wonderful. What´s not to love?! The doubledoors out to the garden is so beautiful with all the details.

Oh, and I love your new garden treasure. What a find! Fits right in :)

Have a lovely day,
Sanna

Flutterby Patch said...

How wonderful it all looks. we don't have a porch here in England so I'm very envious.

Brooke ~ SummerBrooke Gardens said...

Carolyn, you are an absolute marvel! Your pictures are just beautiful, you have such an elegant and easy way about you. Thank you as always for sharing!

Happy 1st day of Summer!

Brooke ~ SummerBrooke Gardens said...

Thank you for being my 1st follower, I'm so excited!

Susan said...

Oh, Carolyn. That was absolutely enchanting. And Jessica is a living, breathing DOLL BABY! Thanks so much for sharing. That brunch looks sooooooo fabulous. What a baker you are. Oh my goodness. Susan

The Tablescaper said...

Oh Carolyn, I've been to many of the porch party entries, and do declare you stole the show! Such an amazing space.

- The Tablescaper

Marina Capano said...

Hi! wow Omg! everything is so perfect! I love them!I´m lovin´it!
Every detail is gorgeous.Congrast all loks so romantic!!!

I love it all.

xoxo

Jonell said...

Amazing as always..Thank you for sharing a little part of your wonderland

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Your screened porch looks like it is straight out of a fairy tale. It is just divine and I would love some tea and maybe a short nap!

Rhondi said...

Hi Carolyn
You certainly have a gift for hospitality and what a beautiful place to host parties. I love the screen door and how it makes such a perfect frame for the view outside. I wonder if you ever actually sit and relax on your porch? It looks like your garden would take up every minute of the day.Thanks fo rjoining the party
Hugs, Rhondi

Millie said...

Love the photo of the tea and scones especially, but they are all lovely, as usual. I wondered if you did all that baking yourself, or did your family help? It all looks yummy...

CIELO said...

Carolyn... so much prettiness... roses, porch, food, grandbabies, oh my.... and that covered porch with the bed--delicious. My husband would love love to have a bed in our back porch ;) thus far is just a settee...

Have a great day and rest of week

cielo

Lisa said...

Truly AMAZING Pictures of an truly amazing porch. Everything about it spells magic! What a perfect setting to entertain in. The view is spectacular too!

Brenda@Cozy Little House said...

What a view! And what lovely doors! I'm always in awe of your home, and your gardens as well. You never disappoint! A wonderful place to have brunch for your guests. This should be in a magazine.
Brenda

Sarah said...

Carolyn, your porch is so welcoming. I think I might not ever want to leave. The party you shared was quite the event. All the food looks delicious, and there certainly is plenty of variety. Thanks for having us today. ~ Sarah

Veronica Kraemer said...

Carolyn, everything is so wonderful, so pretty!!!
Kisses from Brasil
Vero

Cindy said...

You have such a lovely porch! I would so love to join you! It finally stopped raining, perhaps I will get out to my garden and cut a few more peonies to dress up my little home with. Thanks for letting me know what you do about the ants.
Hugs, Cindy S

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

Thank you for following my blog Carolyn. Truly a compliment. I adore your talent in design and how you have created such an appealing home. Toile and more toile, with soft colors is right up my alley. I had forgotten to follow you so I have now jumped on your list, even though I had taken your button to post on my blog. duh!

Patti said...

If ever there was a perfect porch, it's yours! I only dream of a porch like this.

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Carolyn.....I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your beautiful porch! Everything you have done to it is gorgeous!~Hugs, Patti

hand painted by cheryl said...

Your porch is so pretty .I enjoy your blog so much.

Erin @ I Heart New England said...

Once again, I am speechless! And let me tell you- that is rare for me! How do you do it?? ♥

Georgianna said...

Oh, Carolyn, I almost can't stand how perfect this is! I now must have a porch like this, even though we live on a slope, I don't care!! Thank you for the lovely visit! Georgianna

Fluitenkruid said...

Thanks for the tea, I love sitting on your porch :-)

Erre54 said...

thanks for share this
ciao from Italia

Bernideen said...

Yes, I will get in line! I DO SO ADORE THOSE VICTORIAN SCREEN DOORS!
I feel like Anne of Green Gables walking through!

Ineke van den Akker said...

This looks fantastic!
greetings from Holland,
Ineke

Jojo said...

Of course you have THE MOST incredible porch with all the accoutrements, including the people! Just beautiful.

Sharon said...

So lovely. I can see your beautiful gardens in the background. Truly a place to relax, let ones eyes wonder and dream. Thank you for letting me visit.

LillyB said...

Carolyn everything looked lovely!! Your family and friends are very blessed to have you as their hostess!
I have always loved your porch too!!
Lilly