Entertaining Ideas and Activities
For Your Porch DelightDave and I have a bunch of entertaining ideas and tips for fun on your porch. Porches are fantastic spaces for entertaining friends and enjoying activities with your family.
How about hosting a graduation party on your porch?
Think of your porch next time you want a fantastic place to host a festive porch party, a romantic dinner, play board games, or read with your children and grandchildren.
Photo courtesy of Susan from Between Naps on the PorchImagine yourself enjoying dinner at this bistro set. How nice that would be with someone you love.
Courtesy of Perfect PorchesThis photo was taken at Brown Woods Farm in Lexington, KY and is included in the beautiful book, Perfect Porches.
Notice the picnic table that serves as a contemporary drinking bar. The wonderful summer flowers and basket of hedge apples are just the icing on the cake.
We love the outdoor curtains, too. They look so wispy floating in the gentle breeze. And romantic too!
This is just one of the hundreds of spectacular outdoor spaces featured in the book Perfect Porches by author, Paula Wallace.
Ever Been to a Porchfest?
Porchfests have not been around for long. The first one was in Ithaca NY in 2007.
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Porches Love Country Music SongsThere have been many country songs written about porches and porch swings. Mary and I found some that we know you'll enjoy listening to. Check them out here!
Refreshments on Your PorchThink of your porch next time you want to enjoy the best ever homemade lemonade.
Events for Friends and Families on the PorchIf you love entertaining friends and you enjoy outdoor living, here are entertaining ideas you could host on your porch for a nice change of pace...
Dave and I lived in a big country-style house when our sons were in high school. We had a large country porch.
We decorated our front porch with purple and white streamers, their school colors, when they graduated and entertained their friends and family on our porch. It's a great memory of ours.
Entertaining Ideas for Your Porch
This wonderful outdoor space has a living-room feeling - even a TV!
Ever listen to old-time radio? The Lone Ranger, the Green Hornet, The Shadow or the Mystery Theater? Or how about listening to old time radio shows with your family?
When was the last time you and your family enjoyed some time together without the TV or video games? The Golden Age of Radio began in the early 1920's and television overtook it in the 50's and 60's.
According to a study, 82% of Americans listened to the radio during that time frame. Old time radio are shows from the initial days of broadcasting. Dramas, westerns, mysteries, comedies and variety show scripts were read and acted by professional actors.
Believe it or not, families would sit around the radio and listen to the shows the same way we sit in front of television now. Listening to radio forces you to use your imagination. It's just another entertaining idea for your porch.
Watch television or listen to music
Get comfortable on your porch swing or rocking chair and veg out for a while.
Games and puzzles
See our front porch board game ideas - like checkers, chess, or pinball on the porch. Just about any board game is fun on the porch. Have a Scrabble night with your neighbors or your grandchildren.
Read a great book
Porches are great places to catch up on your favorite book. We'll share some of our favorites.
With today's technology innovations, you can recreate the outdoor movie experience right on your porch.
Need additional space for exercising, stretching, or for meditation? Turn your porch into your training space unless it's December and you live in Buffalo [grins].
Look at the lovely table on the front patio. Imagine the meals you could enjoy here.
The table is graced with flowers and two candle lanterns
Wine and dine on the porch
Plan your serving and seating arrangements for your guests.
Ever thought of making your own organic wine? There are fantastic health benefits in drinking wine, especially red wine.
Host an outdoor wedding
A wedding - a small, intimate garden can be planned around your porch and your yard. We have some super ideas for you.
Making Porch Memories
Photo by MaryDo you have nice memories from the porch?
That was a question we asked our readers and they shared their memories of the porch with us.
Entertaining Ideas: Board Game Ideas for Your Porch
"You will never regret having fun playing games on your front porch."
Picture taken at the Cracker Barrel Restaurant in Nashville, TN
My Mom and Dad would sit on our porch and watch the neighborhood kids play in the yard.
I also remember reading and coloring on our porch swing.
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