This summer has been unusually beautiful! Sunny, slightly breezy and not humid! We could not have picked a better year to build a new patio.  

Once a week we have "family dinner night". So, the family is gathered and we are having iced tea and a few hors d'oeures before dinner. It's the perfect time to share our new patio.

Here's what the old patio looked like ...

This is the best picture I could find of the old patio... It was taken last year at Chris and Abby's Northern Country Wedding Reception. 

Let's just say it was just a tad bigger than a postage stamp!

And here is how it looks now...

We gathered on the patio at 6:00 to spend an evening of family fun. Music, dinner, ladder ball and dogs! Lots of happy, rambunctious of dogs!!!

Jacqueline and Jonathan and their pup Barron...  

They came up from DC for a few days. Oh, my heart is full when my house is full!

Christopher and Abby and their boy Beau... and Scamp! He loves to photo bomb!

 Chris is sporting his pre-surgery beard. Mama is NOT a fan! But, he is facing a very major surgery in the beginning of July so whatever gets him psyched up for it is okay with me. We could use all the prayers you can send! More on that in a week or so.

And my Mom and Jim...

My sweet mother and step-father live 5 miles from us and winter  in San Antonio. They are here (WHERE THEY BELONG) for the summer!

The big question once the patio was completed was ... how do I dress up and furnish such a big space?

I'm still thinking that question through...Do I want an outdoor living room... or keep it nice and casual?

It will take a season or two of living in the space to know exactly how I want to decorate this area.

Right now I have the patio set up "bistro style". Little square tables with market umbrellas and lots of pots with flowers and TIKI ® BRAND  FLAME AND SOLAR TORCHES.

The pots make a nice barrier between the upper level and the lower fire pit. And the TIKI BRAND TORCHES make such a strong visual statement. 

When the Flame and Solar Torches are not lit, the solar activated top gives off a very pretty flame-like glow.  So every night we have a soft glow dotting the patio.

It's really something to see!

The kind people at TIKI BRAND have provided me with some beautiful TIKI BRAND PRODUCTS to give away.

See the bottom of this post for the details.

Tonight we lit the FLAME AND SOLAR TORCHES for ambiance and to keep away the bugs. The torches are filled with TIKI CITRONELLA TORCH FUEL

I love the idea of having little gathering places to read and eat and talk on the patio. 

Right now we have mesh tables and chairs on the patio. They are light enough to easily move and put together as one long table when it's time for dinner!

Bobby grilled steaks on his smoker/grill! They were so delicious!

I hope you liked our family dinner night and our new patio! Come join us again... we always have room at the table for one or two more!

Now, let's talk GIVEAWAY!!!!

The very nice folks at TIKI BRAND are giving away 

1 ANTIGUA FIRE SCULPTURE (about 30 inches tall)


to one lucky StoneGable reader! The prize value is $119.97.

All you have to do is leave a comment or like TIKI BRAND PRODUCTS on facebook or like StoneGable on Facebook!

You can also follow TIKI BRAND on PINTEREST. They have great ideas for outdoor entertaining!

Thanks, so much TIKI BRAND PRODUCTS.

The giveaway will end Sunday June 30th at 12:00 pm.

I have been compensated for this post. But all of the opinions are mine.

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