Friday, April 6, 2012

Easter Entertaining...Dresses and Desserts

Easter Entertaining...Dresses and Desserts

My 7 mo. old niece Olivia's Easter dress
As we approach the Easter weekend, I hope everybody has the opportunity to spend time with family, friends, and loved ones.  Whether you are traveling or remaining local, I hope you stay safe and have a relaxing, refreshing, and renewing Easter.  No doubt you will be involved with enjoyable holiday favorite foods (turkey/ham, deviled eggs, and all the fun desserts and candy)...and of course, there is the ever important what to wear :)

Do we really ever outgrow that little girl feeling of giddiness while wearing a beautiful dress to church on Easter morning and then to brunch or a get-together?  So, as an adult, whether we are going to church and/or an Easter gathering, we want to look and feel like "Spring".                                                                                          

When I think of Easter dresses for 2012, I think ...
  • Loose, flowy, and breezy
  • Airy cottons, lace, chiffons
  • Fuller skirts and maxis
  • Pastels, brights, and whites
  • Spring prints esp. florals
  • Strappy, sleeveless, halters, slipdresses
  • All of the above worn in a somewhat refined yet fresh way
So, here are a few dress ideas for the Easter weekend and continuing on through Spring...
Sherbet colored pastels...

   ASOS wrap dress with bow    ($63)

 Bebe zip front ruffle detail silk dress   ($139)

 H&M calf-length dress   ($59.95)

LC Lauren Conrad Polka-Dot Pleated Dress   Kohl's ($44.80 /orig. $64) and similar here

Looks in white and neutrals..

 Timo Weiland Tennessee Dress ($506).  Love this one!

Rachel Zoe Joplin Dress ($148.50 /orig. $495)

Alexander Wang seamed apron slip dress ($405 /orig. $1350)

H&M flared knee-length dress  ($29.95)

Prints (particularly florals)...

Cache Garden Of Eden Dress  ($168)

    LC Lauren Conrad dress collection at Kohl's.  She has a wide range of spring dresses available through Kohl's, including the ones shown above.

Bebe printed maxi dress  ($249)

 ModCloth New Zeal Dress   ($84.99)

Tbags ruffle strapless jersey maxi dress ($188)

Kate Spade New York Trisha solar-print dress ($378)

 Lauren by Ralph Lauren floral jersey sheath dress ($134).  An option for those who prefer a straight style dress over the flowy styles.

Blumarine leaf-print tunic dress  ($1195.00).  This is my favorite dress of the group!  I have been eyeing it for awhile.  If only it becomes available at 95% off  :)

David Meister stripe-print sleeveless dress  ($415)

For those of  you who live in cooler climates, it may be a little early for sleeveless and strappy dresses.  There are some beautiful partial or long sleeve dress options available.  Or, why not utilize the versatility of the sleeveless dress by adding a blazer?  A couple of sleeved dress looks...

Fashion blogger Julia Engel in Queen's Wardrobe lace floral layered dress   ($89)

Diane von Furstenberg wrap shirtdress ($345).  A classic...

Dressed and ready for Easter get-togethers?
Whether you are hosting a get-together or are a guest, we all enjoy the warm feeling of an Easter atmosphere in the home.  Here are a few images bringing the Easter celebration into the home...

Marshmallow peeps and jellybeans arranged in a vase with fresh flowers

This image inspired me to add a candy-filled centerpiece to one of my tables...

Pastel malted milk eggs in a candy jar with my gifted ceramic bunny statues :)

Who doesn't love bunnies and lilies at Easter?

Tablesettings and food favorites...

A DIY centerpiece

...from  If it's good enough for Martha, it's good enough for me!

Fun with fruit.  Another easy and unique DIY.

A traditional favorite...deviled eggs!

Great appetizers and as place settings!  Iced pretzels paired with malted milk eggs.

An updated version of deviled eggs :)

Enough said...

Just add shredded coconut and malted milk eggs to your everyday cupcakes and voila!
Just add a  marshmallow peep to the glass rim to complete your cupcake martini :)

And most importantly to me, the celebration of Easter as the day that our Lord Jesus Christ has risen!



  1. Wow! Easter inspo overload, and I LOVE it! Those cracked egg candles are soo much fun!


    1. Haha...sometimes I get inspired and go a little crazy with the pictures. Can't help myself :)