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Patio Reveal

Today I would like to show you the transformation of our patio.  With a lot of work, it has come a long way since we moved here ten years ago. 

In the picture below you can see how it looked after we had replaced the ugly brown shingle siding on the house and added the patio doors. There was actually no direct access to the patio before this. The concrete blocks that made up the patio always looked dirty and they were uneven in many places.  They also went right up to the house so there was no space to plant anything between the patio and house.  

Do you see our kitty waiting to get back in the house?  I don't blame him for not wanting to spend too much time our there.  We didn't want to either! 
A few years ago, my son and hubby tore out the old concrete blocks and laid new pavers.  Such a huge improvement!

With some landscaping and pretty flowers, it has become a space we can really enjoy.  

It's been especially nice this summer. We have had a lot of really nice days fo…

Simple & Sweet Summer Supper

I love to set a pretty table.
I just don't take time to do it very often.
I thought it would be fun to join in some of the
tablescape parties this week so this is what
 I came up with 
for a simple summer supper.
These are my everyday dishes - I just dressed them up with some
 cloth napkins, placemats, and flowers.
I wanted to do it while the peonies were still in bloom.
What could be more perfect for a pretty table?
Here is the menu for our supper....
What?  There are only desserts on the menu?
Oh...this would be my fantasy dinner menu!
I'll have one of each - five courses, right?
- - -YUM- - -
...now you know why I called it a Simple & Sweet Summer Supper...
I would love for you to join me!
Now we just need someone to prepare the five courses!!

Join me here for some other inspiring tablescapes:
A Stroll Thru Life for Table Top Tuesday
Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday

Thanks so much for visiting - I do appreciate it and all of your sweet comments!

~ ~ JoAnne

Comments

  1. I love your sweet table and chairs! And I'm all for that menu too!
    Brenda

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  2. Your table looks great JoAnne! It's simple yet very elegant. Great job! I think the menu is the best!

    Lori : )
    Thrifty Decor Mom

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  3. This is such a sweet and pretty setting. I enjoyed it too! :)

    Have a great week!
    ~Liz

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  4. This table is perfect to show off your beautiful peonies! That's my kind of menu! It did make me smile. :o)

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  5. Very pretty...and yummy sounding! I'd love to join you for those desserts at this serene inviting tablescape! Your table and chair set is gorgeous!

    DD

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  6. Oh JoAnne, I am just laughing at your menu. Cute! For me, it would be all appetizers...Mr. Dumpling would love your desserts. Lovely table. I have never grown peonies and I'm wondering why. Gorgeous!

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  7. What a pretty table! I love the white! Love your menu too, I'd love peach cobbler...and...strawberry shortcake, please!
    Sharlotte

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  8. Perfect menu. Any setting is elegant with peonies.

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  9. Your table is wonderful and the desserts sound scrumptious!

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  10. A five course dessert dinner sounds wonderful! Lvoe your pretty table setting.

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  11. I think your menu is perfect! Thank you for visiting my blog and introducing me to yours! I love the stripe place mats. They look great with the plates.

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  12. So fresh looking...beautiful!

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