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Celebrating Summer Al Fresco

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Discovering these brightly colored and small decorated umbrellas has given me countless opportunities to brighten up my al fresco summer activities (Etsy Indian parasols). Amusing as well, they are accented with twinkling charms, tiny mirrors, and dangling capiz shells. Here, I’ve paired them with Icelandic poppies, whose soft pastel shades, lyrical twisting stems and crepe paper-like petals are unlike any other flower in the summer.

And, since the Parterre Bench was conceived in a celebratory spirit — to honor the publication of my first coffee table book, Private Newport — I thought it was only fitting to pair the two. Another reason to celebrate? The Parterre Bench is available in all of these umbrella (and poppy) shades as well as any custom color you might desire!

Then throw in an afternoon tea for the ladies or an evening cocktail party and the festive quotient starts moving skyward!

I love this image as it so represents what we celebrate about Newport in the summer…happy colors, vibrant trappings and a spirit of bon vivant. For me, the finest expression of a celebratory nature can be found in my garden… the Parterre Bench. Take a moment to visit my Private Newport website and explore the possibility of your own Parterre Bench commission, a bespoke centerpiece for your own green paradise.

Happy summer to you and yours!!

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Bettie Bearden Pardee

About Bettie Bearden Pardee

Author of Private Newport and Living Newport, garden furniture designer (The Parterre Bench), national lecturer, and entertaining expert. An honoree for the second year on "The Salonniere 100 America's Best Party Hosts", she was also the host and creative producer of "The Presidential Palate: Entertaining at the White House".

9 thoughts on “Celebrating Summer Al Fresco

  1. Amazing diversification of poppies colors. Did not know they came in a white variety.
    The creative display of colorful umbrellas Cheers up the day!

    1. Miss you…and the happy party memories. Thank you for adding your sparkle to this blog! Hope all’s well with you and the girls, xxB

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