So now that you've seen some of the detail, let me tell you about how I constructed it. First, I picked up a styrofoam cone and a styrofoam heart;a roll of white tulle; black and white damask scrapbook paper; white ruffle trim; black flowers;and another find was the black curlique paper you see near the bottle stopper (they were also in the clearance aisle....they are paper napkin rings)
The cone obviously became the body of the parasol; I broke the heart into two pieces and cut a smidge off the base to become the handle. To secure it into the body I took a piece of wire hangar and placed one end up into the core of the handle and the other into the cone. For good measure, I used the glue gun as well.
Then it was a matter of wrapping the cone with the tulle strips; I twisted as I went. That way it resembled an umbrella when it's in the closed position and snapped tightly shut.
Since I needed to drive it to the restaurant, I didn't put the pops into the parasol until I got there. Those on the board I knew would be okay, if I took it slow. So, after driving like a granny the entire way, and going over the railroad tracks in slow motion.....I made it and my "babies" did okay enroute.
I had made some "pilot holes" in the parasol with a screwdriver, so that I could easily put the pops in without the sticks breaking or bending.