Patty Roper

Mississippi Magazine’s own Easy Does It expert offers solutions to help you entertain with ease.

Easy Does It: Entertaining

Preparing simple yet delicious party food doesn’t have to be a daunting task.

Easy Does It: Projects

Table and home decor can be simple yet beautiful.


It is my desire for you to love entertaining and to make it an easy-does-it way of life to share with friends and family.

Patty Roper

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PRETTY PLACE SETTINGS

Try combining old and new china, silver, crystal, and linens for the holidays. There are so many artful china patterns in beautiful colors that will change the entire mood of the table even before adding the centerpieces and flowers. Enjoy Grandma’s china and silver...

GIFT BOX BRUNCH

When I discovered these beautifully handpainted china gift boxes with rose-colored bows and gold edges at a flea market, I knew they would be the perfect accessory to set the theme for an elegant Christmas table. I love combining old and new, heirloom and modern, and...

Tea Breads

These are some of my favorite tea bread recipes. They are easy to prepare with ingredients from the pantry and freeze well. Savory Olive and Nut Bread 5 cups flour 2½ tablespoons baking powder 2/3 cup sugar 1 teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon ground savory 2 eggs, beaten 2...
EASY DOES IT:
ENTERTAINING

GIFT BOX BRUNCH

When I discovered these beautifully handpainted china gift boxes with rose-colored bows and gold edges at a flea market, I knew they would be the perfect accessory to set the theme for an elegant Christmas table. I love combining old and new, heirloom and modern, and...

MANOR HOUSE DINNER

Since everyone is caught up in the Downton Abbey era, I thought an elegant manor house dinner might be jolly good fun. Send a very formal printed invitation with a monogram and gold edges, of course, and ask guests to dress in elegant Edwardian attire. Set the table...

SPRING LUNCHEON

With flowers in bloom and pleasant days ahead, dress the table for spring with pretty, colorful blooms from the garden in small vintage milk glass containers. Milk glass containers are plentiful, reasonable, and fun to discover and collect. They can be found at flea...
EASY DOES IT:
PROJECTS

PRETTY PLACE SETTINGS

Try combining old and new china, silver, crystal, and linens for the holidays. There are so many artful china patterns in beautiful colors that will change the entire mood of the table even before adding the centerpieces and flowers. Enjoy Grandma’s china and silver...

CONFECTION TREES

Delightful and colorful trees created from French macarons, lemon Madeleines, and cream puffs will take center stage at any dessert table or reception. Treats placed on different sized Styrofoam trees with toothpicks or \”glued” on with Royal Icing...

BUNNY TRAILS

Invite guests down the bunny trail by placing whimsical bunnies wearing pastel ribbons hopping among spring flowers as centerpieces for Easter brunch, lunch, or buffet tables. For a seated meal, add small bunnies holding place cards and menu cards for each guest....

Order Patty's Cookbooks

These 5 cookbooks offer recipes, menus, and decorating ideas to make your guests feel special.