My Fall Front Porch: Dining Al Fresco

Summer’s flowers are fading and that means it’s time to add color to the front porch with fun pumpkins and pillows. Our days here in Illinois are still warm but the evenings are cooler and enjoyable. Hubby and I want to take advantage of the mild weather and enjoy dining al fresco when we can. My fall front porch is arranged to maximize enjoyment outdoors before the temperature gets too nippy. I’m joining a group of bloggers today to share our porches … and you can visit all the Fall Ideas Tour participants from earlier this week. All the links are at the end of the post.

Fall Front Porch Decorated with Colorful Pumpkins and Flowers


A pair of adorable owl mugs became the inspiration when decorating my porch for fall.  These are now my go-to mugs for morning coffee. They put on a smile on my face, which is good for starting the day.

Cute Owl Mugs for Fall Dining


I loved the bright color of the mugs when I saw them on the shelf at Target, and remembered I had pillows that matched the colors.

Dining Al Fresco on the Front Porch


Eat Drink and Be Cozy melamine plates are perfect for outdoor dining. If you drop them, they won’t break.

Eat Drink and Be Cozy Plates


Comfy pillows create a soft backdrop when dining outdoors. This is a perfect spot for a cozy tete-a-tete for two.

Dining Al Fresco on a Farmhouse Porch


My fall front porch enjoys a collection of orange, white, and gray pumpkins. We have lots of local farmers who sell pumpkins for dirt cheap, which is lucky for me.

Farmhouse Porch Decorated for Fall


I like the pumpkins that still have leaves clinging to them.

Trio of Tiny Pumpkins on a Farmhouse Windowsill


Dining Al Fresco on a Farmhouse Porch


My zinnias are still in bloom and fortunately I had a few orange blossoms out in the garden.

Gray Pumpkin and Orange Zinnias


Pumpkins and Zinnias


You can’t have a fall front porch without at least one flowering mum.

Fall Mums in a Harvest Basket


And a basket of fall flowers adorns the front door, in lieu of a fall wreath.

Basket of Fall Flowers in Lieu of a Front Door Wreath


Now it’s time to whip up a casual dinner to enjoy al fresco on the porch.

Fall Front Porch with Pumpkins and Flowers

Do you like dining outside?

Be sure to visit some of my blogging friends below for more fall decorating inspiration! Today is all about porches, but you’ll see from the links below that other decorating themes occurred throughout the week.  Enjoy!

Fall Porch Tour - Decorating Ideas


Postcards from the Ridge  |  Petticoat Junktion  |  Shabbyfufu

Girl in the Garage  |  Virginia Sweet Pea  | 2 Bees in a Pod


At the Picket Fence  |  Our Southern Home  |  Restoration Redoux

The Chelsea Project  |  Hunt and Host  |  Confessions of a Serial DIY-er


Interior Frugalista  |  Hymns and Verses  |  The Everyday Home

Sadie Seasongoods  |  Housepitality Designs


Domestically Speaking  |  House of Hawthornes  |  Mom 4 Real

The Graphics Fairy  |  Artsy Chicks Rule  |  Dukes and Duchesses


Refresh Restyle  |  Cottage at the Crossroads  |  At Home with the Barkers

Town and Country Living  |  My Creative Days

Similar Posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


  1. Lovely porch, when should I arrive? lol
    We don’t do much outdoor eating this time of year (at least not without a screened porch)
    because the dang lovebugs are so bad. On the porch, inside the storm door, inside the house, ugh.

    Give us another few weeks and we’ll be joining you in outdoor entertainment, down here in SE Ga. 🙂

  2. Wow, your porch is beautiful. All the pops of color are great. I love the basket hung low on your front door. I think I’ll go pumpkin shopping today. You’ve inspired me and yes, my husband and I eat on our porch most nights. In the Midwest the winters can get crazy so we like to spend as much time outside as we can. Enjoy your beautiful fall porch.

  3. Oh my gosh Jennifer, I love your fun and colorful front porch! What’s not to love about those plates and mugs, and the pillows are adorable too. Dining alfresco looks like a whole lot of fun at your house! Marie from The Interior Frugalista

  4. I am totally in love with your porch. Those owl mugs…adorable!! The pops of color are dazzling. And the bicycle pillow….well let’s just say my birthday is coming…I can PM you my address. 🙂 LOL…. #justsayin’ ….It’s been loads of fun touring with you this week. Happy Fall! Susie from Chelsea Project

  5. You have such a pretty space to enjoy! I love all of your pretty pumpkins and the flowers that you used from your yard. I think I’d want to spend every possible moment on your pretty porch before it gets too cold to enjoy it.

  6. Jennifer, I would feel right at home on your porch because we are liking the same colors this year! I love every detail and those owl mugs are just the cutest things! Happy to be on the tour with you!