When the weather is warm, we love to take our meals outdoors on the back porch. With the breeze, the fresh air, and the expansive vistas, it’s the place to be. While it may still be chilly where you are, I thought it would be fun to look at some ideas for outdoor dining. Here are three of my favorite back porch dining ideas.
Self serve works best at the farm. I don’t have staff like they do at Downton Abbey, so it’s everyone for himself here. A breakfast bar is a great way for guests to help themselves to tea and pastries for breakfast.
This tablescape used Bluebells from our fields, and I love the idea of everyone having her own personal vase of flowers at her place. There’s no bad seat here.
Here I used painted terracotta pots, and filled them with potted plants rather than cuttings. What a lovely party favor to give each guest their own plant to take home!
Great post on this beautiful Sunday morning! Oh my, I’m crazy about those Bluebells and how special and creative to have everyone having her own personal vase of flowers at her place! What a great breakfast bar, the only way to go when you have all your kids home! Love your blog, it’s fabulous!
Have a wonderful day
Nana Diana says
Those are all beautiful tables, Anita! Here in our area we would dressed in snowmobile suits and mukluks using icicles for stir sticks. It is crazy cold here which makes your beautiful tables all the more appealing. Gorgeous-they are gorgeous! xo Diana
Pinky at Designs by Pinky says
Love all these ideas! I accept your apology as we are getting 9-12 mORE inches of snow tonight into tomorrow:(:( UGH!!! I am SO over this Winter!!!! Thank you for this beautiful post to lift my spirits!!!!
This is definitely something to look forward to! Soon we will be dining al fresco and then before we know it, it will be too hot! 🙂
Yvonne @ StoneGable says
All three ideas are just beautiful! I especially love the breakfast bar idea! What a fun way to wake up in the morning!
Love your ideas….just what I needed since we are in the midst of yet another winter storm!
First time I have seen bluebells up close. They are beautiful! Fields full must be amazing!
Ginene Nagel says
Oh, how wonderful. I can feel the soft warm air on my face.
Sweet ideas, Anita. Alfresco dining is a favorite here. Too cold today though………..S
Suzanne of Simply Suzannes at Home says
Suzanne of Simply Suzannes at Home
We enjoy dining al fresco too. Love seeing your ideas, especially the breakfast bar!
Thanks so much for sharing,
The photos look so pretty, I love alfresco dining. We are now at the end of our summer sadly, but still have some good weather hopefully. I eat alfresco daily when the weather permits as I just love to be outdoors.
Mary Feguson says
I love eating out on the patio. Your three tablescape are great. thanks so much for sharing.
Patty at Home and Lifestyle Design says
What crazy weather we are having here in Dallas. Saturday it was a beautiful day in the 70’s and then yesterday I woke up to sleet. Love a breakfast bar for guest – it so much more convenient for everyone to be able to help themselves in the morning to some coffee or a piece of toast – or a full spread. I am so beyond ready for spring to come and stay for awhile. This winter has been brutal.
Patty at Home and Lifestyle Design
All the Pretty Dishes says
Sp pretty…and jI love the breakfast bar idea
The Tablescaper says
Great ideas! Love the breakfast bar.
– Alma, The Tablescaper
Tante Mali says
so beautiful! The table and the imaginagion of eating outside. Thank you for the summer feeling.
All the best from Austria where spring silent starts.
We are having a wedding shower March 22 outdoors I HOPE in California. Your Breakfast Bar
and Lavender table are wonderful ideas. Plan B, it will be inside! Thank You
The Style Sisters says
Your photos just make me want to jump into the picture! Love all your ideas for the porch..I would love it if you would come join us for Centerpiece Wednesday on my blog and share your creativity with us. http://thestylesisters.blogspot.com/2014/03/centerpiece-wednesday-115-see-and-share.html Hope you will come and party with us.
Nancy @ Artsy Chicks Rule says
LOVE the breakfast bar! Your photos scream Spring! 🙂