This summer has been unusually beautiful! Sunny, slightly breezy and not humid! We could not have picked a better year to build a new patio.
Once a week we have “family dinner night”. So, the family is gathered and we are having iced tea and a few appetizers before dinner. It’s the perfect time to share our new patio.
Here’s what the old patio looked like …
This is the best picture I could find of the old patio… It was taken last year at Chris and Abby’s Northern Country Wedding Reception.
Let’s just say it was just a tad bigger than a postage stamp!
And here is how it looks now…
We gathered on the patio at 6:00 to spend an evening of family fun. Music, dinner, ladder ball and dogs! Lots of happy, rambunctious of dogs!!!
Jacqueline and Jonathan and their pup Barron… They came up from DC for a few days. Oh, my heart is full when my house is full!
Christopher and Abby and their boy Beau… and Scamp! He loves to photo bomb!
Chris is sporting his pre-surgery beard. Mama is NOT a fan! But, he is facing a very major surgery in the beginning of July so whatever gets him psyched up for it is okay with me. We could use all the prayers you can send! More on that in a week or so.
And my Mom and Jim… My sweet mother and step-father live 5 miles from us and winter in San Antonio. They are here (WHERE THEY BELONG) for the summer!
The big question once the patio was completed was … how do I dress up and furnish such a big space? I’m still thinking that question through…Do I want an outdoor living room… or keep it nice and casual?
It will take a season or two of living in the space to know exactly how I want to decorate this area.
Right now I have the patio set up “bistro style”. Little square tables with market umbrellas and lots of pots with flowers and TIKI ® BRAND FLAME AND SOLAR TORCHES. The pots make a nice barrier between the upper level and the lower fire pit. And the TIKI BRAND TORCHESmake such a strong visual statement.
When the Flame and Solar Torches are not lit, the solar activated top gives off a very pretty flame-like glow. So every night we have a soft glow dotting the patio.
It’s really something to see!
So family dinner night on the patio has taken more of a “lounging-on-the-patio” and-dinner-night vibe! We are so grateful we can all be together and enjoy the landscape, flowers, lantern light and people we love!