Decorate Your Deck for Summer Parties and Cookouts

Happy 4th of July!

Do you have any big plans for today? I’ll be celebrating this evening with friends atop the Sundial in Atlanta.  Whooo, Hooo!  Really looking forward to seeing the fireworks from there!  Have you ever spent the 4th dining inside the Sundial?  Where’s the highest spot from which you’ve ever viewed fireworks?  Any recommendations for a great fireworks show or is the best show going to be in your own backyard tonight?


A Deck for Partying!

Recently, Donna kindly shared some photos of her deck all decorated for summer fun.  Oh my Gosh!  I love it!  Note the striped rug, awesome double-tiered umbrella and the comfy seating throughout the deck.

 Summer Party Deck


You know there will be some serious 4th of July celebrating going on out here today!!!  Donna, would you mind if we all came and joined you?  We’ll bring our own hotdogs and hamburgers for the grill! 😉

Summer Party Deck


A “Lifesaver” floater make a fun, inexpensive decoration.  Can’t wait to see the tiki torches lit after dark!

Summer Party Deck


Love these!  So fun!


Send me some pics of your porch or deck decorated for summer and I’ll try to share them here on BNOTP.  I love summertime…let’s party!


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Have a wonderful Independence Day my Friends!

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  1. So festive!! Fourth of July is my favorite part about the summertime, I love everything about it, family fun, BBQ, and red, white, and blue everything. Have a safe and fun fourth. 🙂

  2. I watched Thunder Over Louisville which is an annual fireworks show with the bridges across the Ohio lit up and fireworks up and down coming off the sides. I was on the second floor of a parking garage which was made into a special Thunder Party. It was a hoot! Stop by my blog sometime for good old fashioned fantastic nature images. Carol

  3. Have a wonderful 4th my dear friend..Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  4. Great deck! I’m loving the printed umbrella; especially now that printed ones are difficult to find. Love all the colors, too. Donna, it’s spelling PARTY! Sometimes we watch from atop a hill or mountain overlooking Chattanooga! Such fun! Happy Fourth, Helen

  5. So colorfl, so pretty so 4th of July.. WOW! hope you will check out my themed front porch setting for this special day too..think you’ll like it .

    “Like Gramma’s House” blog

  6. I would be more than thrilled to join this party!!! Wow…she really went all out! What a great job of making it look 100% festive!!! I love her umbrella pattern, too. Very unique! I hope you have a good 4th!!!

  7. Happy 4th to you and yours Susan. Your back deck is so fun and colorful, I love it!!! We are having a quiet dinner with my Mom, I did a post on our menu. Time to go and make the avocado and mango salad!! xo Kathysue

  8. Another fresh outdoor entertaining idea! Thanks for the inspiration. I love the Pottery Barn Style flag. I’ll have to make one for next year. Have an awesome 4th of July

  9. Would you believe a real southern bar b que right here in Maine? I mean real as the hosts brought folks up from South Carolina to do the cooking. It was terrific!

  10. So charming how all those colors work together to make such an inviting space. It just whispers, “come on in and sit down.”

  11. Donna’s porch looks ready for fun! Love it. Thanks to both of you for sharing.♥

  12. This makes me want to party all summer!

  13. Such a great deck/patio….so very festive and looks like a lot of fun to be had there!!….Thanks for sharing this, I really enjoyed her creativity!

  14. If the Sundial is what used to be the revolving restaurant atop Peachtree Plaza Hotel, then yes, I’ve been there (but not on the 4th of July).

  15. Hi Susan,
    We had guest for the 4th. My son and two of our granddaughters. We went out by the garden and shot our own fireworks. Had a ball.

  16. Great looking porch and so perfectly set up for the 4th.’s festivities, wow!! I’d love to be in this porch any time and enjoy the weather, lol..unless of course is more than 100!!!! Hope you had a great 4th. of July Susan.

  17. Lovely deck and decorations. Thank you for sharing Donna’s outdoor haven. Wishing you a grand evening. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  18. Deborah Hall says

    I happen to know Donna. She is so creative and has so many really cool ideas for decorating for all seasons. Check back with her for Halloween and you won’t be sorry. And talk about baby shower ideas…too many to tell! Donna should put her own decorating book out. She is a natural. Her decorationg skills match her personality, very happy and friendly.

  19. Elizabeth Savage says

    I love the porches !

  20. Sheila P. says

    Donna – you’re lucky we all didn’t show up at your house on the 4th! Love the deck! Would love to know the color of stain used for the floor……

  21. Mary Ellen Libonati says

    I love all the decorating! Would love to see more decks decorated. Been following you for 4 years! Don’t know what I would have done without you. God bless! Meme

  22. Debbie Drouin says

    Where did Donna find the painted fabric umbrella. I just saw it in ‘deck Patio and Outdoor Living and loved it. I am a little late seeing your site. Love it!

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