Best Activities You Can Do in Your Porch with Your Family and Friends

Bria Homes-Bettina xE

The Philippines has been known to possess genuine hospitality towards its visitors. Filipinos love to welcome guests to their homes and host a little get-together, whether relatives that are visiting from out of town or even foreigners are all equally appreciated. Indeed, Filipinos fancy bringing everyone together. Recreational activities outdoors are somewhat similar to the so-called “pre-games” but in this case, these are activities done on the porch with family or friends while waiting for the food to be served. A frequented place in a typical Filipino home is a porch or veranda, or the entrance or area that is connected to a house but located just outside. Given that the Philippines is a tropical country, relaxing in outdoors is more favorable. The porch serves as the usual hangout place, a cozy and casual space. By adding some chairs and tables surrounded by plants, the porch will magically have an inviting atmosphere. Furthermore, living in this new normal brought by the pandemic has popularized the term “al fresco dining” or simply outdoor dining. Since a precaution against Covid-19 requires us to avoid places where there is no proper ventilation or proper circulation of air, outdoor dining has been encouraged. Sometimes, getting back to the old-fashioned way of living is rather refreshing. Away from the television, videos, and game boxes, you can try to entertain yourself without these technologies. Look forward in spending some time on your own front porch with your family or friends. You never know, you might discover another way to rest and it just might improve the rest of your life.

Recreational activities outdoor

It doesn’t matter if you only have a small front porch for there are tons of fun recreational activities outdoor that you can still do with family or friends. You’re missing the opportunity to create memories with your little piece of heaven at home just because of its size. More importantly, having a porch or veranda in your house in the Philippines is a blessing because not all housing in this country has it. Gratefully, Bria Homes offer a variety of house and lot projects that have excellent recreational facilities perfect for your social gatherings. Take a look at the list below for some fun recreational activities outdoor for your next get-together:

  1. BBQ Parties

Nothing screams a fun gathering more than an alfresco get-together. With family or good friends and good food, all under open skies, a cookout is the ultimate mood booster for any porch gathering. Aside from good food, good drinks go hand in hand. Spice up your regular cranberry juice with sangria or serve a mix of mango and orange tropical mocktail punch instead so that aside from adults, children could also enjoy a refreshing drink! Prepare your porch with tables and chairs, preferably a long table so everyone could get cozy.

At barbeque parties, your food should not be limited to barbeque only. It’s an opportunity for you to show off your grilling skills so might as well offer other delicious menus that your guests will surely love. You can try grilled whole fish, grilled chicken with bell peppers, grilled steaks, grilled shrimps, or even grilled pork! Your food options are infinite. You can also try to make your own grill sauces, marinades, and salad dressings, making your food more personal.

  1. Camping

Yes, you’ve read it right, you can go camping on your porch. It’s one of those fun recreational activities outdoor that your loved ones will surely enjoy. More so now with the pandemic, where many campgrounds are closed, it’s a good idea to try camping outside your house. You can have fun activities like stargazing or just having some deep conversations with your family or friends. Set up your tent or fort outside and gather around a firepit. This could really help you feel like you’re on vacation and ease your stress even for just one night. Imagine a quiet place that’s just within your home where you sit around the fire, cook some s’mores, talk about your day, and pretend to be camping.

  1. Outdoor Picnic

Got bored eating indoors? Maybe it’s time for you to change the scenery and try to eat outdoors! Literally outdoors, just outside of your house! Especially when the weather’s nice, unfold the blanket and lay it on your porch and feel the Vitamin D from the sun. Create the ultimate experience of outdoor eating. You can try watching the sunrise and sunset with the food that you’ve prepared.

  1. Board Games

You can have other activities on your porch that don’t involve any food preparation or physical activity. But this time, you will be needing your brain to work. Bring out your board games from your vault. This is a good time to keep your children away from their gadgets and to teach them other fun activities that they can do outside their Ipads! Classic board games are chess, checkers, scrabble, and monopoly. Not a board game, but Uno cards is also fun to play also solving puzzles, is a good way to work out those sleeping brains! Another classic is the twister game, a game of physical skill! It is usually played on a large plastic mat with color dots in it that is spread on the ground. This is more fun to play outdoors, especially in a huge space. Other fun recreational activities outdoor aside from board games is the old-fashioned sack race. You can use burlap sacks for the race or pillowcases. You’ll be surprised at how fun is this game when you play it with your family, especially if you have kids. All of these are fun front porch classics.

  1. Enjoying Afternoon Tea

On a lazy afternoon, you’re wondering what else to do around the house aside from taking an afternoon nap. Well, this is the perfect time for you to grab some quiet time by yourself, and the perfect spot is on your porch. Picture this, nice afternoon weather, a cup of coffee or tea in your hand, a book that you’ve been meaning to read for a long time, and some pastries. What an ideal quiet afternoon all by yourself, away from technology and the noise of the real world. Or if you don’t want to read a book, you can play your keyboard or guitar that you haven’t touched for ages!

Don’t let the size of your porch fool you.  Regardless if you only have a small outdoor space,  your outdoor living space can still be something spectacular. All you need is a little imagination and a helping hand. Your porch has you covered as the perfect spot for every occasion or thing you want to do. With the plenty of ideas presented above, that are available for people of all ages, your small porch will be the go-to hangout place for your family members and friends. Believe me or not, but porches do cast a magic spell on us. It’s the perfect spot for every mood. Do you want to relax? Sit back on your porch and enjoy some quiet time with nature. Do you want to socialize? Prepare some simple dinner and invite your friends to come over. See, porches can be private yet very social at the same time.

Porch Ideas Philippines

Do you want to have a porch outside your house, but don’t know where to start? Don’t fret for I have created a list of different ideas on how to build your perfect porch. It is every homeowner’s dream to have an outdoor space solely dedicated to having fun. Regardless if you only have a small outdoor space,  your outdoor living space can still be something spectacular. All you need is a little imagination and a helping hand. Follow some ideas below and just hang in there and have a little faith!