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Happy New Year!

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As this old year ends (and not too soon) this post gives me the chance to once again marvel at what pictures can mean to us…2020 definitely assured those of us who shared and you who enjoyed them, that indeed, “a picture is worth a thousand words.” Those thousand words came in the form of a welcome escape, whether recalling past fond memories, a special destination, a breathtaking catch of the natural world, the unmitigated joy in a child’s face.

Here are the 15 from 2020 that were your favorites on both my Private Newport blog and Instagram posts. Despite all that besieged us this closing year, and which defied putting into words, we could take solace in the images that required no words…just a few moments of our time.

From Newport with very warm wishes…here’s to the joy of family, the happiness of friends, and days filled with laughter in 2021.

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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".

17 thoughts on “Happy New Year!

  1. I will be looking forward to your beautiful articles in 2021!
    Happy new year, from Madison,
    Chris Lambert

    1. Oh Chris, so good to hear from you, as always! And thank you for being part of my Private Newport family…here’s to 2021 and its endless possibilities, xB

  2. Your stunning pictures, as always, bring me a few moments of bliss as I take in the beauty. Snap on with that camera to bring joy to us all! XOXOXO

    1. Sweet Tall R, thank you…now I’m dreaming about the trips and all the new image possibilities they will provide…remember, England awaits! xB

  3. Looking forward to the pictures of 2021 bringing my love of RI always close in my heart. Happy New Year to all back in RI.

    1. Happy to have you on board! Enjoy the beginning of this New Year, with best wishes from RI, xB

    1. Jackie, what a lovely note…and I’m so happy to meet a new member of my Private Newport family!
      Have a lovely evening and HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and yours, xB

  4. Thank you for a year of visual delight.
    Please tell me about those champagne flutes. Can I buy them?

    1. You are so welcome, Anne! The flutes were a gift, but I’m betting that with a bit of Googling you could find a similar set.

  5. Thank you for your lovely photos and inspiration. So much appreciated.

    Lane David Hudson
    Plew Estate

  6. Bettie, you’re so right about No Words Needed! I relax just looking at your gorgeous photos! Thank you for all the beauty, info, and inspiration – I’m so glad I found you this year! Happy New Year and see you in 2021!

  7. Bettie, you are such a big part of all the things that bring joy and peace to my world, and I was especially grateful for that during all the sadness that surrounded us during 2020. The pictures are lovely, as always. Wishing you and yours a healthy and happy 2021. Hugs!

    1. Oh Bobbi, these are such kind words and so in the spirit of the holidays!
      This will inspire me to do even better this year….I already have my thinking cap on.
      Wishing you the very best in good health and a peaceful heart in 2021. xBettie

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