Esther Williams gave me my first swimming lesson. I didn't know who she was at the time, but my parents told the story often as I grew older. My mother was a movie star, too - she was at Paramount and Miss Williams was at MGM. They were only a year apart in age, so they had a lot in common and became friends.
Spring should be a time of flights of fancy. Keep with the vibe of the season and hold a light and high-spirited dinner party for six to eight of your closest. Invite people to wear "welcome spring" accessories– whatever that may mean to them. This could range from a flower demurely tucked behind one's ear to a full on toga. Nudge people not to be bashful with this. If you want to keep things carefree, why not create less work for yourself playing host or hostess? Nothing says less work like a potluck, fey folk. I for one start to crave healthier eating at this time of year like nobody's business. Make it a salad dish to pass theme. Assign some greens, some pastas, and fruits for dessert so that you don't wind up with too much of the same kind. You can provide this naughty and nice low-cal deviled eggs recipe for an appetizer:
Oestara, the spring equinox, is fast approaching, and for those who practice the old traditions, it's time to paint eggs!
Painted eggs? you ask. Isn't that what our Christian neighbors do for Easter? Well sure. Where do you think they got it?
The custom of painting eggs is an ancient Pagan tradition that occurrs throughout Europe. Russia and Ukraine are famous for their traditions of painted eggs. Eastern Europe most likely had a tradition like that of England (which we'll speak of in a moment, have some patience). Here are some typically elaborate Ukrainian eggs: