Monday, April 2, 2012

Easter Best

Happy April, Wonderfuls!
And to me that means that
is even more officially here!


If you celebrate Easter,
you may be dreaming up menus
for an Easter brunch, tea, lunch or dinner
that will be happening in less than a week ...


Easter is my favorite holiday for entertaining.
I love creating beautiful spring tablescapes.
Are you as excited as I am
about the warm days to come?


With the very busy illustration schedule I've had lately,
{creating some very chic things for chic people},
my free time has been ... well, pretty much nonexistent!
{Thankfully I have fun when I'm illustrating!}
This little Easter post is rather like a breather for me,
relaxing and chatting with you as if you were right here ...
if you were, we'd probably be
sitting with our feet propped up, talking about what's new.
So glad you could come ...
iced tea or pink lemonade, anyone?

Since I've been so busy,
it's lucky for me that I'll only be required to bring
an appetizer & dessert this year
 to my brother and his family's house for Easter dinner
following church together.
I'd love to hear how you will be spending the holiday
or what you look forward to most in spring!

Ever since I was a child, 
a new Easter dress has simply been a part of the Easter fun
and I'll be looking for a little something new this week.
As I was looking for inspiration, I ran across these pretties ...
any one of these would be cute to slip into
for a springtime brunch, don't you think?
{Above Left to Right}
Lilly Pulitzer Whitaker Dress
 Anthropologie Blooming Whin Shift
Kate Spade Faye Dress 
Kate Spade Garden Society Sonia Dress

If you show up looking that cute,
they simply have to feed you, right? {lol}
I thought I'd share just a few of the many delicious-looking
Easter recipes I've run across lately ...
I'll be keeping these ideas tucked away
 for next year when I'm the Easter hostess again!

These Easter Bunny Orange Rolls
would be a darling whimsical addition
 to an Easter brunch, don't you think?

And isn't this white chocolate
"bunny bait"
pretty and perfect for munching
while waiting for dinner?

There wasn't a recipe given for these
knotted dinner rolls, but I so love the way
the little chick's head was formed and placed
on a knotted roll and then baked ...
looks like they have raisins for eyes
and the beaks are just pinched!


These Easter Nests would be adorable at each place setting ...
made with chow mein noodles & marshmallows
in a muffin tin ...

Love the idea of playing with tradition
by changing up the filling of deviled eggs ...
these are Lemon Dill Chicken Salad Stuffed Eggs ...

I don't know why, maybe it's the pretty fresh-as-spring white,
but there's something I just love about coconut and Easter ...
{what am I saying ... I love coconut anytime!}.
I've made my delicious five-layer coconut cake with
custard filling and fluffy white frosting coated with coconut
 many times for Easter in the past (soooo delish, I'm telling you!).
These yummy-looking cupcakes I found with
coconut milk in the batter and sprinkled lightly with coconut
look so light and fluffy,
I thought they'd be lovely stacked on a tiered server
and served as a second dessert choice
accompanying the richer dessert below!
Cupcake recipe from Martha Stewart.

This last recipe would make the perfect
Taaaaaa-Daaaaa for the main dessert ...
a luscious chocolate cake with ganache frosting,
milk chocolate shavings for the "nest" on top to hold the
chocolate truffles {or any pretty egg candies} ...

How could I finish without a little more whimsy ...
this time in the form of illustration.

I was sitting with my paintbrush and playing with
Easter egg designs and I came up with these ...
a Monogram egg would be cute
setting in a bed of Easter grass in an egg cup
and used as a place card, don't you think?
{Just stick a letter sticker on the egg,
 dye the egg and then peel the sticker off.}

And the pink egg with the Eiffel Tower?
Simply thought a French-inspired Easter basket
would be so pretty as a centerpiece
for a "Springtime in Paris" Easter brunch...
and Eiffel Tower Eggs would be very ooh la la!
When is an Eiffel Tower not ooh la la, right?
You could even do little white dots
all around the Eiffel Tower, like stars.
Don't know how you'd make this one
without painting on the Eiffel like I did here
in the illustration ... any ideas?
Hmmmmm ...

What do you think you'd find in a
Fashionista's Easter Basket?
{Besides jewelry, lipstick, perfume, etc. that is!}
Hey wait ... I want that Easter basket!
I think it would simply have to contain
 ultra-fashionable Easter eggs, no?
Perhaps like my
Chanel, TiffanyHermes
 Easter egg illustrations below?
{I so love getting carried away!}

Have a fabulous week filled with smiles, everyone!
Thanks for stopping by and chatting with me
while I mused a little upon Easter ...

and may your Easter and Everydays be filled with many treats!

This blog is written and all artwork on the blog is
by the founder of Ooh La Frou Frou
Sandy M
(Sandy Markwalder)

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Christa Delgado Design Inc said...

Love your ideas and pictures. I want to try the little pretzel baskets for my kids. SO cute!

Raicreations Designs said...

Beautiful Spring Easter post Sandy, all the food has made me hungry especially the cupcake:)

classiq said...

Sandy, your Easter illustrations are so very pretty! Can't think of any lovelier card. :) Oh, I love this holiday too, because I get to spend it with my family. And one more thing: the tradition of buying something new especially for Easter must go on. :) Wishing you a wonderful week and a happy April! xo

Dee said...

Hi Sandy! Oh those pics are great! LOVE the delicious recipes! I have to say....your idea with the stickers on the colored eggs is great. We love Easter and all it's pretty colors. Have a wonderful Easter!
Dee xoxo


Now I'm even more excited for Easter than I was to begin with! I love Easter. It so signifies Spring and rebirth. All of the beautiful blooms and colors. I always buy a new Easter dress every year too. I thought I had mine picked out but then I ended up wearing it to a bridal tea yesterday so I have to go shopping for another one. Oh well... :)

I'm celebrating two Easter's this year. Easter next weekend with J's family and then Greek Easter the following weekend with my family. Lots of celebrations. And come to think of it, I may need 2 dresses! :)

Have a wonderful week and a Happy Easter, Sandy! xoxo

Vanessa@Luxuria said...

Oh Lordy!! I LOVE anything with coconut, and your cake sounds truly wicked!
Your images are stunning as always, and I just adore the eggs you painted.
It looks like it's going to be a very wet Easter in Spain this year, so really not sure what we'll do. Have a lovely Easter Sweets. I know your place will look like a Easter haven of color and style xx

Danielle said...

The Easter blog is so colorful and fun, I enjoyed it as all of the others very beautiful great job! Xoxo

Sam said...

Hi Sandra, how have you been hun? Happy early Easter, you have brought such cheer and beautiful inspiration to my screen right now with this lovely post.

Fashionista622 said...

Hi Sandy,
Really loved your Easter post. I'm also from the idea of a new dress for Easter is a must. Mine is ready for Sunday. I'm having my dad over for lunch after church. Hope NYC is bright & sunny that day.

Have a great holiday lovely!



Regina said...

Thanks for all these lovely lovely pictures....your site is good pill for happiness!
Our brand is called Frou Frou, and we also love to share pictures.
Here is our Fb and site.

Love from Buenos Aires, Argentina.
xo. Regina.

Wendy said...

Oh my what lovely ideas and food treats for Easter! I am inspired and wanting to sample it all. The first picture you chose is amazing leading into more wonders to delight the senses. The cupcake and chocolate cake look divine, eaten after those lush tea sandwiches. Thanks and Yum!

Anonymous said...

Sandy---what wonderful Easter ideas you've come up with!!!! Just beautiful!! We're going to an Easter brunch with family in Denver.....but I will tuck these ideas away for another Easter that I create myself....thank you for all the beauty and delightfully chic things you share with us all!!


Mary Jo at TrustYourStyle said...

These are the prettiest eggs ever that you have drawn Sandy! I am in love with them, especially that Chanel one! Love your creativity and the photos of the food are making me hungry! Hope you have a wonderful Easter!

xo Mary Jo

Shop N' Chomp said...

I wouldn't mind taking a bite out of those designer eggs! :D Love your illustrations as always and I wish you a happy Easter!!

SoapyMermaid said...

so cute! I love all the recipes you suggest, they all look delicious. for easter, I am going to dye eggs my my daughter (we'll try to draw something on them next, just like you did in your beautiful illustrations ;) ) and maybe we'll buy some macarons :)

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sonia daigle said...

It's sound's like the perfect Easter
I would take lemonade please!
Lovely images and beautiful post!
Happy Easter Sandy

Kim (A Very Sweet Blog) said...

BEAUTIFUL post Sandy! Easter is my favorite holiday too! It's such a pretty holiday. I love those Kate Spade dresses :) and your Easter egg illustrations are divine!!! GORGEOUS girl! Have a wonderful time this weekend :D

miss b said...

This is such a lovely post - your Easter egg illustrations are so gorgeous and I'm definitely going to make the lemon dill stuffed eggs - perfect for an Easter table!

Taj Acosta said...

Loving the fashionista egg basket! That chanel one is too cute! Hopeyou have a blessed Easter dear and that food sounds delish! xx -Taj

BonBon Rose Girls Kristin said...

Brunch and Easter dresses...I just love this time of year!

Georgianna said...

Aww, this is so much fun, Sandy! Thanks for all the great ideas. We haven't planned Easter dinner yet, yikes! Love your Easter dress choices, too. Instantly put one in the mood for a pastel spring celebration. And don't forget a hat!

I hope your weekend is fabulous. Thank you, as always, for stopping by. xo – g

Ivana said...

Sandy, your posts are always so beautiful and full of positive vibes, they always make me smile! I love your little Easter arrangement and I love those designer eggs :)

Have a wonderful day!

xx Ivana
Macarons and Pearls

Angelica N. said...

I don't really celebrate Easter, but it's always fun to use it as an excuse to eat great food. I've never seen popcorn like that before, and now I really want to try it! Along with all the other delicious sweets you posted. Glad to hear you're busy busy busy doing something you enjoy!

Sheri said...

Everything is so unbelievably cute and pretty, Sandy!! That first photo of the giant flower bouquet is amazing!! And I am droooooling over the Lilly Pulitzer white dress. I want!!
Happy Easter, thank you for sharing all these gorgeous photos!!


Margarita Bloom said...

I'm DROOLING over that coconut cupcake...okay, I need to sniff something coconut to sniff our coconut lotion! lol..