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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BY PATTY

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...

PATTY’S PICK: HORSERADISH SAUCE

At my house, this Horseradish Sauce is everyone’s favorite sauce for fresh steamed vegetables. By adding spice variations to several recipes, I think this sauce has the perfect blend of flavors, and you can add as much zip as you like with red pepper. This...

PATTY’S PICK: MIMI’S POTATO SALAD

Summer is the perfect time for cooking out, picnics, watermelon, homemade ice cream, and potato salad. This is my mother’s recipe for potato salad, and it is my absolute favorite. It is very easy and absolutely delicious just after it is stirred together at room...
EASY DOES IT:
ENTERTAINING

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

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.