For summer entertaining, I love the idea of a bright, printed dress to set the tone for your party. I realize this is a lot of pattern seeing all of these dresses together, but individually they would look fantastic paired with a simple metallic thong sandal, fun earrings and possibly even a bangle or two. As the hostess you are at the center of everything, and by donning a playful print you tell your guests that it is party time! Additionally, a dress is perfect for the busy hostess because you can throw it on before the party and still look perfectly polished in minutes. Keep it flowy and comfortable, so you can mix, mingle and make your way all around the party with ease.
I would also recommend a more conservative style like the dresses shown, so you don't have to worry about anything popping out, peeking out, or unintentionally showing when you're reaching for bowls, dip, bags of charcoal etc. Finally, don't wear a white or light colored dress to your summer party- I have six words: red wine, ranch dressing, greasy chips... none of which you want ending up on your dress. Spills and stains are almost guaranteed, so stick with a pattern that will keep them a secret to everyone but you.
Almost all of these dresses are on sale at Macy's right now, so it's a perfect time to pick one up if you have an upcoming summer party you're planning for!