Alfresco Altars

Treasured Island

How to set an exotic, beachy vibe for your backyard affair? Combine a palette of cool blues and serene greens; a lush, carpeted altar; planters overflowing with seaside hydrangeas; festive Balinese umbrellas; and the hypnotic tinkling of shell garlands.

Umbrellas, $288 each, and capiz garlands, $21 for three strands, zenDeluxe. Umbrella bases, $49.99 each, Ace Hardware. Zinc planter, $50, Jamali Garden. Green ceramic planters, $119 each, Clarke's Garden. "Parrot Tulip" carpet, $1,897, Amy Butler Design from Chandra. "Shepherds" hooks (spray-painted green), $14 each, Allsop Home & Garden.

Tip: Design a picturesque backdrop with pretty parasols, large and small; just make sure to use sturdy umbrella bases so they don't blow away!

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