Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Easter Parade

Everybody get in line

and join the bunny charade

and find your favorite hat to wear

and join the Easter Parade!

But first, let's bring down those old, vintage hat boxes

and see what magnificent styles await us...maybe you prefer to strut in line in a Victorian Haute Couture number with yards of lush and lovely velvet ribbons?

Moi, I would love to have at least one chance to don un chapeau à la Marie Antoinette

riddled with opulent plumes

dipped in delicious colors

and delicately and lovingly displayed like a perfect confection in a Paris candy shop window.

Marie's bold and brilliant style influences today's millinery world and maybe something like this would suit you

and if that shade of pink is a bit too garrish, maybe a lighter tint of pink would suit your Easter fancy.

However, I think no one other than Marie could pull off something that audacious, so I'll play it safe and pick out something a little more low-key chic that Audrey would wear

or one of her basic black classics.

So once you find your favorite Easter bonnet, hop on over like a little newborn chick and get in line

to do the Bunny Hop in style

and celebrate the love of family, the fun of friends and the JOY of promise of new life!











sPaRkLiNg sCrApBoOkS said...

Good morning! You are up early!
Am I the first one to attend the Easter Parade!!! The Bunny Hop was divine!!! :)wow, that table setting was gorgeous too! My little one is sick, she missed her 8th day of school, I called in, and later, the VP at the school calls me yesterday about it- are u kidding me? 8 days!! not 18!! It's April! She's in 1st grade! And her ear is hurting now so I'm taking her to the DR. and she will probably be home again! Oh my, 5 am and I'm already moaning, this is gonna be a great day! lol xOxO

GrandmaK said...

I fear my hats are a bit warn and tattered. Not much call to wear them anymore. I'll just stand and applaud as you all stroll in the Easter Parade. (BTW one of my favorite movies is Easter Parade!) Wishing you a grand day! Cathy

Anonymous said...

I LOVE Bunnies .... and yours are cute as can be ! But - the pictures from seductive hats came just in moment for me - "as if ordered": I was discussing "HAT" as a theme for my wedding outfit just now. Still pondering if rather vintage 40-50s style, tilt topper or such - or a "new" hat or headpiece. Soo many choices. Yours are inspirational though pink is not really becoming my complexion ;-) Happy Hoppy Easter! kind regards , Martina

lostpastremembered said...

Those hats are a knockout... but you must have that hair to support them... Thanks for the Easter parade and the bonnets! So much chic in one place.

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Good Morning Anita Sweetie...
I adore this post. So precious. I want to join the Bunny Hop. Oh what a fun time hopping and hopping. I have brought my pink hat ofcourse, a lady would never leave home without it on Easter morn. These bunnies are just wonderful teachers.

I love the hat boxes. They are exquisite. I also love the hats, and I think I would like one of each please. The first one sure does look heavy doesn't it? I am sure it is of the lightest fabric and the chartreuse color is exquisite, looks good enough to eat. Candy delicious.

Thank you for sharing this morning sweetie. Have a beautiful Thursday. Country hugs and much, much love, Sherry

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Good Morning Anita...What a cute post! Love some of those huge pink bonnets! Whew! I can remember one particular Easter hat that I had as a child. Luckily I have a photo of that hat with me in it still! Awwwww...memories...Thank you Anita for always visiting me and leaving such encouraging comments. I am very frustrated with myself because I can never think of things to post about that would interest anyone. We are getting ready to do our redo of our kitchen island so I guess that will be something. Have a wonderful Easter holiday!~Hugs, Patti

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

There's that magic stage again!!! Love this post dear friend. Blessings to you for a lovely Easter.

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Priecigas Lieldienas dear sweet stoked I was to see these words amongst all the languages...I think for the Parade I shall dust down my basic black classic!!! Now I am singing the Easter Bonnet song from my childhood...Have a Blessed Easter, Dzintra♥x

koralee said...

Happy Easter Sweet your Easter Parade. I so want a lovely hat to wear and a sweet treat. Thanks for the Joy this to school, it is Grandparent's Day...400+ will be parading through our school. xoxo

La Petite Gallery said...

Anita Happy Easter,
Thanks for the comment..
On "Old Hollywood"
you did it again, such a beautiful Post. The hats, and bunnies were fantastic.


Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

Love your Easter Parade! Happy Easter!

Violet said...

ABSOLUTELY delightful !!!I actually own a zillion hats and Easter would be the perfect day to wear one.

The Victorian Parlor said...

Hmmm...I think I'll take one of those Gibson Girl numbers covered in feathers and lace:). I enjoyed attending your Easter parade-it was great fun! I also wanted to say that your comment on my blog brightened my day-I am thankful to the Lord for friends like you:).

Blessings this Holy Week,


JoAnn S said...

oh i love the bunny parade in the theatre!! as for the hats i remember my grandmother letting me play with her lily dache hat which was completely covered with purple violets. it cost a fortune at the time but she didnt care lol. hugs JoAnn S

Teacup Mosaics said...

You have captured the elegant style of the season. I so enjoyed your little Easter parade, a classic post, as always!!!
Many hugs and Happy Easter!

Me....bunny said...

I'm first in line....Been doing the bunny hop for years!


Val said...

Ton message de paques est adorable!J'adore toutes ces photos et aimerait essayer chacun de ces costumes car j'adore me deguiser,mais c'est très difficile pour moi de trouver un chapeau qui m'aille à cause de ce que ma mère appelait ma "tignasse"..
Joyeuses Paques Anita

Marie-Ange said...

Bonsoir ma très chère Anita,
Et voilà que la Semaine Sainte touche à son apogée avec demain le Vendredi Saint !
Pâques, jour d'espérance et de joie sera bientôt là ...
Le chapeau de la Comtesse de Wessex me fait rêver !
Quelle classe, quel chic !
Ah ces anglais !
J'ai assisté à la sortie de la garden-party de la Reine il y a quelques années à Londres, ça valait vraiment le coup d'oeil !!!
Je te souhaite de magnifiques Pâques et t'embrasse de tout mon coeur.

LiLi M. said...

Bonsoir ma chère copine,
What a delight to be on the first Easter Parade of my entire life. I love wearing hats, so I will choose the prettiest one in soft colors to attend your lovely parade and the sweet bunnies hopping. I would buy a dozen hats if they were in those lovely boxes.
As always I love your exquisite style Anita.
I hope you will have a lovely Easter amongst your loved ones and that the sun shines on you and on everybody you love; Joyeuse Pâques to all of you! Or as you told us in my language: Vrolijk Pasen!

sPaRkLiNg sCrApBoOkS said...

I had to come back for another bunny hop!!! Your blog always cheers me up! Thank you for your sweet words! Ava went to school today after all....she did have an ear infection, but she was fever free- and wanted to go! Poor thing!
Have a wonderful Easter! xOxO deb

Miss Sandra said...

Dearest Anita,
How absolutely lovely! A most beautiful, divine, and simply Happy Easter to you!

Belle Vie said...

Bonjour Sweet Anita,
I adore this post! You are most creative and fun. I remember doing the bunny hop as a little girl =) Each year my grandmother bought me a new Easter bonnet... I had forgotten those fond memories. How I loved dressing up for Easter and going to church.
The hat boxes and hats are fabulous! I, too, would pick one Audrey style.
I hope you have a wonderful Easter. This afternoon my Dr told me I have Burstitis. I suppose it's from carrying all of my many supplies to class. Looks like I won't be out hopping around for a couple of weeks ;)
xoxo, B

Anonymous said...

such a gorgeous, elegant eastery post and the cute parade! that really brought a smile to my face :o)
also dear Anita, thank you so much for your sweet, sweet comments on my blog. your blog is just wonderful!

many happy Easter hugs xxx


Micki said...

I loved the bunnies and really enjoyed the post! The hats are out of this world too.

FIONA said...

Fabulous as always.

I wish hats were back in style. I remember wearing an Easter bonnet, and gloves, when I was a little girl.


Happy Easter to you, Madame.

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

And the same wonderful Easter break for you too dear Anita...Dzintra♥x

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dearest Anita
This is the most exciting Easter parade I have attended! I am wearing a hat just like the pink one Audrey is wearing.
I am going to get in line for the bunny charade.
Beautiful production! Bravo!!!
Happy Easter

Presépio no Canal said...

WOW!!!I am enchanted with this Easter Parade!!!So funny! Oh, the hats!!!Amazing!!
Your parties are always wonderful but I must say this one was my favorite! I enjoyed so much!!
Thanks Anita for this lovely moment!
Audrey Hepburn is an eternal muse of inspiration, isn't she?
Feliz Pascoa, minha querida!
Muitos beijinhos!

Anonymous said...

dear Anita
i am so sorry to hear you lost your sweet gentle mum whom i am sure takes great warm care of you in spirit xxx how hard it is to lose a special loved one, but how fortunate that we have all those precious memories. i lost my darling grandmother (aged 97) on my birthday in december she was such an amazing person, i still feel her warm presence.
sending special hugs xxx


p.s. it's past midnight here and i should really be away in the land of nod, but i am still tapping away at my computer and contemplating on eating a hot cross bun (early) not sure i can wait till the naughty ;o)

Nezzy said...

I'm afraid those Easter bonnets would scare the cattle! Heehehe! Thanks for takin' me along for your Easter Parade. I'm quite smitten with that last little bunny! Sweet!

God bless and have the best Easter ever!!!

June said...

What a delightful post Anita.
Full of all sorts of beautfil things. Love, love, love the hats.

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Anita.....Thank you for leaving me that so sweet comment earlier! You won't believe this but I did post the photo of my favorite Easter bonnet before I read your comment! Thanks, made my day!~Hugs, Patti

M.A.the2nd said...

I have just found your blog.... it is delightful and I have joined! Such beautiful images and the hats.... drool! I adore hats and I wish we could wear them all the time not just for special occasions. I also love Marie Antoinette and 18th century style (hence my blog name) come and visit me anytime and Happy Easter!

JoAnn S said...

thank you for visiting, had to tell you that I had a baby granddaughter monday. Born in Paris name is Sophie, I though you would approve. can hardly wait to see her!!! JoAnn S

Jacqueline said...

I'm laughing, thinking of my mom today and you saw my post on the poodle and I stuck a blue bonnet on her. My mom was Canadian as you know and most Canadian women in her time wore a hat. She would always say she couldn't wear a hat of any kind, especially in the Easter parade because her noggin was too big. I'm off to Nowhere to see what's happening over yonder. Home from work late...all tired out but hitting my favorite blogs tonight and of course, you were first to come to mind. Happy Easter back to you Anita and Ruben. May the year be filled with hope and freshness in all that you do.

The Artful Paper Doll said...

Hello Ms. Anita,

Those hat boxes, oh ma GAWD! I totally want one of those. (tee hee :) This is such a gorgeous post. You always seem to find a selection the most yummy photos that inspire and spark the imagination.

I bid bon jour to your darling bunny. I love her hat. :) Isn't that pearlized paper just decadent? Wishing you and yours a very blessed holiday weekend.


Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dear Anita

Just had to stop in and soak up all the beauty before calling it a day..
Thank you so much for the beautiful Parade!
Bonsoir mon ami,

KarenHarveyCox said...

Happy Easter Dear Anita,

I just love all of your beautiful photographs for your Easter Parade. I used to love to go to see the Easter Parade in New York, when I lived there.

Happy Easter.


BonjourRomance said...

Bonjour dear Anita,
I am ready for the Easter parade, I'll take one of the Audrey creations. Fabulous imagaintaive post as always!
Happy Easter to you and Ruben,

fairmaiden said...

Anita, Merci~ Thank you so very much for coming by and encouraging me. How lovely it was to receive your comment. It truly lets me know that I will not be alone in the journey of menopause. I already try to eat fruits/veggies high in blueberries! I should eat more brocolli...but I do eat alot of spinach with olive oil and vinegar.
May you have a lovely Easter...I don't think I've worn a bonnet since I was a wee one. But I do still have my childhood Easter outfit. I think I will pull it out now and take some pics to post on my blog. ox~ Fairmaiden

Fete et Fleur said...

Happy Easter to you both.!

I love the black and white of Audrey. So elegant . . . .


Fleurette said...

Hello dear Anita,I wish you and your family a Happy Easter!!!
Hugs Fleurette from Prague

Marie said...

Love this Anita. Totally beautiful. I love the colors of your blog and the pictures!

Just dropped by to say hello.

Much love,

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Oh Anita,
I am in love with that last little bunny. Now, you've put it in my head... In my Easter bonnet, with all the frills upon it ;)
Happy Easter to you,

Violet said...

Oh yay! My birthday is one day after yours!!! We must celebrate all month don't you think?!?!? ~ Violet

Karen said...

What a lovely Easter parade!! Love all those beauties and those fans just have me smiling so large, I just might need one myself! Wishing you a wonderful weekend and a Happy Easter! :>

Jonny said...

Your beautiful post made my night!!! I love all your photos. I adore looking at Marie Antoinette pictures, I watched the movie twice. I cant wait to start some paintings of her. Those big bows are to funny. Have a great weekend and a Happy Easter. Sincerely, Jonny

Fleurette said...

Hello my dear Anita, Thank you for the visit and nice comment!!!
I am very pleased!!!!
Have a very nice weekend and beautiful spring:)
Big hugs Fleurette

Marydon Ford said...

G'morn, Anita ~ What a lovely Easter parade.

Oh, the memories this write brings back ... the gorgeous millinery show every year ... so proper with gloves & jewels ... a hanky tucked in, new shoes. I remember the ooooh's & ahhhh's as the ladies came to church dressed, the buzzing about each lady.

We about drove Mother nuts with the bunny hop ... hop ... hop!

In some ways I love the relaxed dress of society now, but sure miss the beauty of dressing up at church ... I can't get into the sloppy shorts, less than covering tops & shirts w/sleeves torn out & flip flops prancing into church.

Sooooo, TY for bringing back wonderful moments in time to enjoy.

May your Easter be showered with blessings to carry throughout the year.

Happy Easter!
Have a beautiful weekend.
TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

Rebecca said...

Loved your Easter parade! What a lovely blog you have here.

I so wish hats would come back in style, don't you?
Wishing you a blessed Easter

Desde my Ventana said...

Me voila ma chère Anita.4 jours à Paris,si joli comme toujuors.
J'aime les chapeaux dans ton post(j'en acheté un à Paris) et tes bôites sont délicieuses.
Je te souhaite tres bonnes pâques et t'ambrasse bien fort,

à la parisienne said...


Quelle jolie défilé!
J'adore tous ces chaupeaux ci-surtout les chapeaux de Dior!

Joyeux Pâcques, mon amie!

Tara said...


Happy Easter! May you enjoy a day of peace and comfort with your family! :0)

LiLi M. said...

Thank you so much for your good Easter wishes Anita. Those are the cherries on the pie to me. Hoping you and your family will have a very happy Easter. Here the weather forecast is not good, we even had hail today, but I like it anyhow, when the family is at home, just enjoying each other's company.
Joyeuses Pâques, bisous LiLi

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Love your sweet Easter Parade. Wishing you a most wonderful Easter weekend with your family. Hope there will be a lot of sunshine and chocolate eggs, many many chocolate eggs ;)

La Petite Plume said...

Happy Easter your Majesty!

This article is so FABULOUS that I can not choose just one image to comment on! I just love the hat box and the huge bows on the hats are simply divine!!

Have a great holiday!!


Patricia Cabrera said...

Oh My dear !!!!!!!!!!! Feliz Pascoa Para voces!!!!!!!!!!!!!*grin*
I love your post and of course the bunny in the theatre made me smile, but the pink bow....oh my can can not imagine passing by someone on a street wearing that.... how funny!
lovely pictures, I LOVE pastles color and Marie was a *queen* on that too!Lovingly~

stacycakes said...

happy easter to you too!

Charlene said...

Marvelous Parade Darling!!!!! I so wish I had a new bonnet to have joined you. Have a HAPPY EASTER! Charlene

Fine Bessot said...

Quelle élégance, et en plus j'adore le ROSE.
J'adorerais porter ces chapeaux, quelle féminité !
Faut-il être princesse ou star ? Moi ça me fait rêver...
Bref, j'adore...
Très bonnes fêtes de Pâques

Cheryl said...

Thank you for the Easter Parade.
Happy Easter.

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Joyeuses Paques mon chere! What a darling post - I loved it!!

Busy busy busy here! Hope I don't pack the puppies in a box LOL

Mille bisous, Sherry

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

What perfect timing to read this marvelous post! I juuuust finished watching "Easter Parade" on TCM!

Your stroll is just delightful - love all the photos - and the narration is just perfect.

Sacha said...

Ton billet de Pâques est paradisiaque !Que de belles et raffinées tentations ! la dernière photo me touche beaucoup !
Je te souhaite de très bonnes fêtes de Pâques

Le Chateau des fleurs said...

Joyeuse Paques et merci pour ta visite!!! I am having a Marie Antoinette week, i am so glad you liked the movie too, it is my favorite...My baby is turning 3 this week...She is a queen HAHAHA.
Great post, dreamy, feminine and fun!
Just like you!
Gros bisous ma cherie.

Anonymous said...

AAAAhhhhh yes, indeed! What would life be without the ever so important 'imagination?'

you are right my dear, it would be boring!

you are a brilliant wonder!
Anita, I adore you!

ciao bella
creative carmelina

BellaRosa said...

Anita amor, What a beautiful post! I am on a mad dash to finish my ham for this evenings dinner, but I wanted to make sure I got to come by and wish you the most beautiful of Easters to you and your amor! Besos, Rose

Kristin said...

Love the post! One of those photos is from the old town in Nice, isn't it? Wishing you a beautiful Easter Sunday!

xo's Kristin

La Petite Gallery said...

You really did a wonderful post, thanks for all the fasinating images. I always love yoyr post's.. Happy Easter Yvonne

Anonymous said...

Happy Easter Anita!!! Happy Easter to you and your family! Oh how I wish to see ladies still indulging in these beautiful hats. Life seemd so dreamy back then but of course I know they had their problems like every generation does. Still....It seems so romantic! Thank you for this lovely post! Thank you for your kind comments about dear little Charli. It's been quite a week!

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Bonjour dear Anita,
Came over to pick out a hat to wear. Going to lunch with Sis...
I just love this post!
Bisous, Penny

Bonnie said...

Love your Easter post of bunnies and bonnets! I have a crazy old hat collection. They aren't necessarily big but they are colorful and fun. I'm a bit late like the rabbit in Alice in Wonderland, but sure hope you had a Happy Easter! Bonnie :)

Debi said...

Dear Anita,
Oh my, I missed this post!Love your little theatre and the fashions are over the top! The hats with the bows are aBsolutely incredible!I was a fashion illustrator for many years and would have gone absolutely crazy to draw those hats! I think I just might have to go get my pencils!
Thanks so much for your exquisite eye candy!bEAUTIFUL POST!!

Anonymous said...

As an avid hat collector, I am in love with this post :)
And I am very flattered you stopped by my blog and left such a lovely comment, merci!
Thank you for complimenting my pictures, I have a lot of fun taking them daily to share on my blog.
May you have a nice weekend.

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