Front Porch Party

A Porch Party

Rhondi from Rose Colored Glasses is having a lovely Front Porch Party today. Although I don't have a front porch, I do have a deck and you are welcome to join me and the many other bloggers who are celebrating today with Rhondi.

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If you would like to join me in a stroll to my deck, please come along. Otherwise you can step through my slide show.

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As you enter the backyard you are passing by my garden, I picked some Iris this morning for the table.

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Here is the pathway that leads to our backyard.

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This staircase leads to our garden and Gazebo.

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Now watch your step as you climb the stairs, I see Cocoa and Samantha are ready to greet you.

My creation

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Porch Party 28Outdoor Art
If you haven't already guessed Cocoa and Samantha are my favorite garden ornaments.
My favorite garden ornaments...Cocoa and Samantha

Porch Party 35The table is set for you to enjoy a glass of lemonade.

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Porch Party 18Or if you would rather relax on the lounge with your lemonade, please do.

A bird cage is hung from the umbrella.

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Porch Party 23I have saved the best seat for you overlooking the gazebo.

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Porch Party 35Here are the Iris I cut from the garden and I have the candles out for later tonight.

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Porch Party 24Now all I have to do is pick out some recipes for our BBQ supper.

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Dear Rhondi,

Thank you for hosting such a pretty and lovely event. Rhondi always writes something wonderful every Thursday for her Thankful Thursday post. It dawned on me as I was getting my deck ready for this event, that once upon a time I dreamed of today. Far away from home in foreign lands I yearned for American BBQ's and sunny skies and the closest I could get to my heart's desire was in magazines and books.

My creationThank you Rhondi, as always you reminded me of what I need to be thankful for today...Happy Front Porch Party.

Blessings, Karen

Now stop by Rhondi's Front Porch Party and enjoy all the porches, gardens and decks.

The song for this post is HOME sung by dreamy Michael Buble, because I am so thankful to be home.
The Scarlett Rose Garden said...

What a magical place Karen! I really enjoyed my time here today...

Alison Gibbs said...

What a great party Rhondi is having. Thanks for sharing your deck with us

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

What a beautiful party! I believe I'm in a very special paradise here! Very very lovely!

Please hop over to my party, too!

Angelic Accents

Beverly said...

Karen, you are so right to be thankful. We are each so blessed with our own spots of beauty.

Your spot of beauty is just heavenly. I know how much you must enjoy it. You truly have an appreciation for life and beauty that you so graciously share with us.

I love starting my day with one of your Karen smiles.

Hooked on Houses said...

Wow! Your yard, gazebo, and deck are all just lovely, Karen! I thoroughly enjoyed this tour and feel like I spent some time on your deck enjoying a beautiful sunny day with your and you, Cocoa and Samantha. Thanks! I'm off to check out Rhondi's Front Porch Party now. -Julia :-)

Kathleen Grace said...

What a lovely decka and property Karen! I would love to climb those stairs and see the gazebo!

celestina marie said...

Hi Karen, What a gorgeous garden you have and your deck setting is so inviting and relaxing. I love your blue and white especially pretty with the lemonade. I bet you spend some inspiring time here. Lovely!! I love your furry friends too.
la rea rose

LW said...

What would New England be without
a gazebo and I love yours...

You have a magnificent yard and deck…
I would have to be out there all the time to drink in the beauty…


Donna said...

What a beautiful place, Karen. I would love to sit and have lemonade with you.
Love Cocoa and Smanatha!
Thanks for sharing and have a good day!

Rosie's Whimsy said...

Everything is absolutely wonderful. Your gardens are beautiful and your deck looks like a wonderful place to spend many hours smooching those puppies. :-)

Rosie :-)

StitchinByTheLake said...

Oh how beautiful and serene Karen! Your petunias are beautiful and I think I must have that blue pitcher! Well, maybe not that one but one just like it. :) Thanks for sharing.

Rhondi said...

Dearest Karen,
Thank you so much for your sweet words. Your garden and porch are so beautiful and your words are too! I love the placemet on the table. It looks like a wonderful watercolor painting.
Hugs, Rhondi

Rue said...

Good morning Karen :)

Your yard is so incredible and the deck is beautiful! My favorite yard ornaments are my pups too ;)

Perfect music yet again. I love coming over here :)


Tea Time and Roses said...

Hi Karen

My what a lovely place Karen! Each day enjoy all the beauty that surrounds you...



Anonymous said...

You live in a lovely place. Your deck is so pretty and I enjoyed the way you displayed it. I felt like I was there.

Kathy b

Amy at Bunny Rose Cottage said...

Karen, your home is beautiful! I just love your deck! So inviting. The gardens are gorgeous too! Thank you so much for sharing!



What an absolutely beautiful garden! What luck to have such an expansive view out the back door. Lovely!
Lisa & Alfie

rosechicfriends said...

What a beautiful back yard you have...LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the gazebo in that lush setting! Thanks for sharing....

Sandra Evertson said...

Lovely, Serene and so Beautiful!
Sandra Evertson

hautemommy said...

First of all, your deck is amazing! And what a beautiful yard, you lucky lady! :) And secondly.. Michael Buble's "Home" is one of my favorite songs ever, and so fitting for the post!! :)

Claire said...

Stunning! What a cute poochie, too!


Heather said...

Your landscaping in INCREDIBLE! Oh my goodness what a wonderful retreat! I would never want to leave that yard or the deck!! Have a great day!
-Heather :)


Beautiful and relaxing. I so enjoyed my visit!

Ottilias Veranda said...

Great deck and what a wonderful garden You have . Love the stairs to the gazebo!
Please visit me in Sweden!


Holly (Nickname) said...

what a wonderful stroll through your garden. Everything looks so dreamy and fresh.,,,Thanks for the lemonade , it was refreshing!
xxxooo Ruth

Cathy said...

Hi Karen,

Wow, what a wonderful post. I wish I had had the time to post lots and lots of photos, but yesterday was a very busy day and today I had a root canal. I fee like I should have put more time into this wonderful "Porch Theme"! Darn.


Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

Karen your garden and deck or wonderful and so inviting. Thank you for sharing it with all of us. Have a Blessed Day, Bonnie

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

Karen, thank you for sharing your wonderful garden and deck with us. It is so inviting. Have a Blessed Day, Bonnie

Life on Bonnie Lane said...

Your yard and gardens just take my breath away! What a beautiful place to live in! I don't think I'd ever need to take a vacation if I lived there. It would be enough just to sit there and look out at all the beauty! Your porch is so inviting. Beautiful furniture, beautiful glass and pottery, pretty place settings! Wow!

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Hi Karen!
Thank you for the refreshing lemonade and wonderful view of your lovely gazebo! I enjoyed my visit so much. The pups were so sweet!!
Hugs, Sherry

Heidi Ann said...

Karen, What a lovely home you have!! I will be back to your blog again!.....Heidi :)

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

You have a wonderful deck! It is so charming and welcoming. Thank you for sharing it with me. I felt right at home.

Mya said...

What a beautiful post. I love how you put the photos together in the beginning. Your garden is so awesome. Love your tail wagging guests. Thank you for all of todays eye candy.

JoAnne said...

Your deck and yard are spectacular! Thank you for the tour. I peeked at the rest of your blog also and I will definitely be back when I can spend more time. JoAnne

Gato Azul | Chat Bleu said...

Hello Karen, thanks for inviting us to visit on your porch (gazebo). Yes we do have a lot to be thankful for and this is a lovely exercise in pausing to realize it. Hope your barbecue is delicious!

Susie Harris said...

What a awesome garden you have! Susie H

Nance said...

Hi Karen
what a lovely place! I enjoyed my visit here and will come again ... nice meeting you!


Mary said...

After reading your generous comments on my little porch, I was thrilled to come visit your beautiful home and garden. I lived in New England (NH and MA) for 12 years and, although I've been gone 30 yrs., I still miss the loveliness of a New England Spring day. I regained the feeling of the clear, warm air today while drifting through your garden and 'sitting' a while on your deck.

Many thanks for inviting me over.
Mary - (Across the Pond)

Maryjane - The Beehive Cottage said...

Hello Karen!

What a stunning home and gardens you have! Should be in a magazine if it already hasn't! Thank you for the tour! Loved my visit with you!


Melissa Lewis said...

Wow, what a beautiful back yard. I am just now discovering my green thumb! I'm so excited, I love coming home at the end of the day now and watering my flower bed:)

I hope to have my back yard looking like yours some day soon!

Anne Fannie said...

Hi Karen, I just love all your pictures of your spectular yard! Thank you so much for sharing.
Love, Ann

ostwestwind said...

You live in paradise, such a beautiful place. Greetings from Northern Germany!

Naturegirl said...

Certainly a porch that one can relax on filled with pretties and fur friends which would make my stay enjoyable!

Kari & Kijsa said...

Absolutely amazing!! Your petunias are incredible!! Love your landscape and adore your deck!! Have a wonderful weekend!

kari & kijsa

Rhondi said...

Hi Karen
I don't think I mentioned how much I loved it that you put blue and white on the table just for me! That was so sweet of you. Thanks for all your encouraging words too.
Hugs, Rhondi

Rebecca Ramsey said...

What a beautiful home you have!
And I bet our doggies would be buddies!
It's nice to meet you!

Anonymous said...

Your deck is awesome! I am a very jealous girl this morning.

Anonymous said...

Very nice! I don't think I'd ever leave if my yard was that nice!

Anonymous said...

Your deck looks wonderfully relaxing and welcoming, Karen! I notice that we both have the same blue chintz pitcher! :) Have a wonderful weekend, my friend!

ceekay said...

Your yard is just dreamy. What a wonderful blessing. Thank you for showing the pictures.

shirl said...

Hi Karen, your gardens, paths, and deck are just wonderful. I love all the blue and your glassware is beautiful! My favorite of course are your puppies, I love animals so much!
Blessings, Shirl
Shirls Rose Cottage

Cindra said...

Is your flickr creation made with the mosaic tool? What a beautiful home and garden. Thank you for sharing.

Mo..."Mo's Cottage" said...

Hi Karen,
I sure enjoyed my stroll through you garden. FABULOUS!!!!! I just loved all your trees and flowers.
I also want to thank for your visit to my Front Porch. It was great to find you.
Mo :-)