Monday, June 4, 2012

Entertaining Outside!

All images are from Pinterest, here.
When I was growing up, we had a huge front yard with a white picket fence surrounded by rose bushes of all colors. We had a small home and a big extended family, so when we entertained it was always outside in the front yard! We would bring our indoor furniture outdoors for all day. The only time we went into the house was to go potty! We LOVED being outdoors. We lived in California so we were able to enjoy many family gatherings throughout the year. Our home was the gathering place! Oh and the BBQ's and yummy food, me oh my! We even had Daddy's famous spaghetti dinners outside. That brought the whole family together. Ahhh, sweet memories.
Here are some wonderful ideas for outdoor fun! Just like the good ole' days!
You can even do the dishes outside!
Isn't this a darling planter idea! Bubbles and all.
Now come on and let's have a great summer and start bringing the furniture out & gathering the family!
Have a wonderful day ... oh and thank you so much for all the Birthday wishes! You made my day! xox


Wicked Faerie Queen said...

Absolutely gorgeous. I love eating outside and I make sure it looks like an event. I put out a nice tablecloth and summer dishes I just love to make the outside pretty.

Julie Harward said...

I love the sink! And the bales of hay chair, and all the tables. Reminds me of when I was a little grandma would make a house for me on her cloths line, then haul furniture out of her house to put in it. I would play out there all day long! Makes me excited for summer gatherings! :)

Kris said...

Oh i love to dine outdoors on real furniture!!! Such charming photos!!! Hugs,

craftyles said...

I love every picture. Such pretty ideas. That planter is the cutest. My head is spinning with ideas for my little outdoor space.

Lilea said...

I have always loved bringing my inside furniture outside. It gives a gathering a special atmosphere that outside patio furniture can't. I also love the look of mismatched chairs.

Sheila R - Blessed and Distressed said...

Found your beautiful blog from Julie and A Vintage Chic. Love all your outside inspiration.

janet said...

Fabulous photos..I love to eat outside and my family and I do any chance we get..Great post..

June said...

Darn it Maryjane...I just saw that I missed your birthday :(. I hope you had a wonderful day!!!!!

I loved all these images of outdoor entertaining. We have large gatherings here in the garden too in the summers. And usually someone is riding the pony right through the middle of it. But it is so fun to eat out and visit the afternoon away.
I loved your sweet rememberings Maryjane.
Have a great week...

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

These are such pretty outdoor ideas. Love the one with the flowers in the box that looks like a sink!!


Karen said...

So Inspiring! I want to try them all! Especially the 'sink'. Darling! xx

Lorri said...

I love this post! Such great ideas.

Daisy Pink Cupcake said...

Lots and Lots of pretty images! Have a sweet day!

Karen Bates said...

Fabulous post!!!

wendy said...

Those were all so amazing. I LOVED the hay bail couch thing. I could so totally do that with the bails of hay around my place. I totally want to do that for an outside get together.
I put dishes in my flower pots, but I also liked the ones in the bigger flower bed.

janice15 said...

Such lovely photos...I would love to have a sink in the garden full of flowers and dishes I love this idea..thank you for sharing. with love Janice

Linda Ruthie said...

Lovely pictures (isn't Pinterest fun?) and memories.
I wanted to pop over to thank you for the birthday wishes on my blog and to wish you belated happy birthday as well.

Mimi Sue said...

Sooo adorable! I'm doing the bubble thing with the plates for sure. So much inspiration! Thank you! Mimi ps What part of California did you grow up in? I grew up in San Luis Obispo.

Arlene2 said...


Absolutely love this web site. I did make your Buttermilk Pie and it was sooo delicious! Mustn't make it too often as it's addictive. Lol.

Your Button Willow travel trailer is adorable. Makes me want one, and to become a Sister On The Fly! Well, I can dream for now.

Have a great day!

Dorothy Prudie Vintage said...


Thank you for sharing all of the beautiful photos and ideas. Love your blog and have enjoyed reading about you and your life. Take care.


Gail's Card Cafe' said...

These are all so beautiful! Love that sink idea. Hmmm... yep gotta have it LOL

Sleec Photos said...

Wonderful photos, Maryjane. Eating outside on a lovely summer evening is my idea of heaven. OXO

Jllz said...

I came across your site thru a Pinterest link. You are amazing! Your site is one of the most beautiful I've come across. Love your trailer!!! I may be 60 but I told my sister I want a cowgirl birthday party next birthday. :D We need to get a trailer I guess. :D Thank you so much!