Friday, June 11, 2010

THE CHARMING HOME: Outdoor Entertaining



I am always complaining about my lack of outdoor entertaining space. A spacious backyard and a large wraparound porch or an unbelievable poolside view is what I am pining for and definitely a selling point for the next Lemontree home.
But after looking at these images of outdoor entertaining done on a smaller but just as chic scale, a complaint you will hear from me no more! What they lack in square footage and grandeur, these spaces make up for with their quaint allure and delightful, inviting feeling.


As always in the charming home, whether simply set or fully adorned, the table everyone is always clamoring to get a seat at is the one with delicious edibles waiting to be savoured, a vessel filled with sweet smelling flowers and cheerful smiles looking across at you. If you keep that in mind, you can entertain anywhere!
When you are done scrolling through these images, come visit me at Housewife Bliss! The darling Mrs. Bliss has graciously allowed me to guest post at her fabulous new blog while she is moving house and home across the big pond and back to the good ole U.S.A!







This table is not set formally for a meal but how lovely would it be to have a guest bring a refreshing drink or their after dinner coffee out to enjoy the ambiance together.






Am I alone in my new-found appreciation for these smaller spaces?



10 comments:

Bringing Lady Back said...

You are most definitely not alone! Those images are lovely, and making me excited to entertain this summer!

Suburban Princess said...

Well that's settled! I need chandeliers for the backyard!

James said...

Great guest post. The one thing my mother made sure of is that her two sons could take care of themselves. In that respect she foresaw the time when men would be expected to do more than "help the little lady out". I enjoyed,as always,your images in this post. Thank you for them!

EntertainingMom said...

Love the post... the chandeliers in the backyard... everything! I am so ready to downsize and we have only been here 2 years!

LPC said...

I love to eat outside. One of the best hostess moments I ever had, was outside, in my backyard. With silver candlesticks.

mFw said...

Such fabulous pictures! I love eating outside!

Jo said...

Lovely photos. We entertain outdoors spring through autumn and enjoy every minute of it. I'm having friends over this week for supper on the patio to kick off summer.

Jo

Robin said...

Photos of outdoor rooms make me swoon! Love your post so full of inspiration for my own backyard!

Connie K said...

Great inspiring pic's for the summer thank you for sharinig :) have a lovely weekend

Dumbwit Tellher said...

Another testament to bigger is not always better. In fact, I truly believe a smaller space given an elegant treatment is fair superior than a large ill-designed one. You gave us all much to desire Lily. My favorite is the home with the black shutters..so charming. Lily I hope you are really well and enjoying every stolen moment of spring. Hard to believe summer is almost here! xx

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