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Easter Entertaining for the Aspiring Hostess

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Easter

With all the bunnies hopping, flowers blooming and spring fever popping, everyone is in a most celebratory mood; especially since Easter, coming so early, gives us another excuse to put on our party shoes. How could I not share some of the best-of-the-best in creative ideas and hints of inspiration from some of my favorite websites, vetted through the lens of Private Newport.

Have a look, pick your favorites and order away!

It’s spring and the first word that comes to mind for me is light — light colors, light mood, light table decor, light fare, light attire.

White Tulips

Williams-Sonoma has a refreshing take on Easter, building their theme around one thing — lemons —  and in a greenhouse, no less. The lemon “chandelier” caps off the tablescape!

Williams-Sonoma
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Faux bois seems a natural pairing with the lemons — the 13″ charger that can also serve as its own kind of place mat.

Terrain
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Individual chic painted metal flowers can stand on their own if you just want a low maintenance floral touch or they can function as candle sticks.

Terrain
To purchase, click here. Photo Credit: Terrain

The traditional Easter menu usually includes ham or lamb, which I like to pair with some lighter choices — salmon tart appetizer, citrus salad with prosecco, leeks vinaigrette, fettuccine with peas and asparagus.

Salmon Tart
For recipe, click here. Photo Credit: Karsten Moran for The New York Times
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For recipe, click here. Photo Credit: Fred R. Conrad for The New York Times
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For recipe, click here. Photo Credit: Fred R. Conrad for The New York Times
Williams-Sonoma
For recipe, click here. Photo Credit: Williams-Sonoma

Continuing the natural theme, a subtle take on pasta “thongs” — gold toned leaves at the end of a branch — will serve up the spring fettuccine and spark some conversation, too.

Terrain
To purchase, click here. Photo Credit: Terrain

And for dessert — a pink “rose” cake.

Williams-Sonoma
To purchase, click here. Photo Credit: Williams-Sonoma

An Easter table party favor? A carrot “surprise,” filled with toys and what-nots, that reveal themselves as Peter Rabbit’s favorite is unwrapped.

Terrain
To buy, click here. Photo Credit: Sugarfina

And for your host or hostess? Chic-ly decorated rich chocolate truffles in welcome nontraditional shapes.

Williams-Sonoma
To buy, click here. Photo Credit: Williams-Sonoma

One last detail — what to wear? From Anthropologie to Oscar de la Renta, spring colors and fabrics couldn’t be more appealing and sure to put you in the mood.

Anthropologie
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Oscar de la Renta
To buy, click here. Photo Credit: Oscar de la Renta

Just for you, from me — Happy Easter!

Spring Flowers


For more Easter entertaining tips, take a look at last year’s post, click here.


Featured Image Credit, Maaike Bernstrom Photography

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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".

5 thoughts on “Easter Entertaining for the Aspiring Hostess

  1. Absolutely fabulous Bettie! You have such a beautiful flair and I really enjoy everything you write. I’m having an Easter luncheon Sunday afternoon and can’t wait to use some of these ideas. I’m having an adult Easter egg hunt with prizes, which should be lots of fun.
    Happy Easter to you too!!
    Much love, Dee

  2. This is all so lovely Bettie! Wonderfully woven together and such inviting and appealing ideas. Adore your stunning Easter arrangement and give it a Blue Ribbon! Just about to call NBK to wish her a Happy Birthday and do you believe yours is on the horizon. Wishing you two a glorious Easter! We head to Dallas and the children Friday.

    Much love and big hugs,
    Cha Cha

    1. Aah Dallas, what a great city and perfect for your “chillun.” Don’t they love it…and so close for you and Bob.Thanks for the blue ribbon, and the birthday wishes! xo B.

  3. Dear Betty, I enjoy your beautiful photographs and fresh creative ideas so much. I ;ove it when you come to Dallas. I may be coming to your flower show in June. Love you, Elsie

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