Anatomy of a Dinner Party: a day in the life of a hospitalityaholic

FFF-Hello Sweetie

Written by Patti on March 18th, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

With the weather finally feeling like Spring (3 more days!) and the evenings a bit warmer, all I can think about is Easter. Easter grass is all planted in containers and ready to sprout, John is off to Garden Ridge to find delights for our Easter Sunday table and I’m thinking take away gifts. And what screams Easter more than candy? I’m thinking of putting together a candy buffet with a boodle of colorful baskets lined with Easter grass so my guests can make their own selections. No matter how old you get, you can always appreciate a pretty Easter basket, yes?

Today, our candy expert is Jackie Sorkin, who has created gigantic candy buffets for companies across the nation. Jackie gives some great tips for staging your own sweet treats at home:


Lilly Pulitzer and I Would Love This.

· Pick a theme or color scheme that will serve as direction when picking out props, candy colors and treats.

· Locate a space that is visible to your guests, which will allow your candy buffet to be a beautiful decorative addition to your event (i.e. a foyer, existing bar or on a patio).

· Select interesting vessels and containers for your candy. They don’t have to be the same; mix them up but make sure they all flow together. Vintage shops & thrift stores are great for finding interesting pieces.

· Select your candy by color, and you may want to include some custom treats that are made in your color scheme or theme from a local bakery.

· Don’t forget scoops & tongs ~ always keep it clean.

· Provide your guests with goody bags or boxes to grab some treats as a to-go favor (note: I am providing Easter baskets for my guests, but wouldn’t Chinese Food To-Go Boxes be darling?)

Isn't this gorgeous?

Sweets for your Sweetie!

Now if that doesn’t inspire you, I don’t know what will. Go on, dream of Easter and make it happen.

xoxo, Patti

Today blogging to Cameo – Candy


10 Comments so far ↓

  1. Melanie says:

    How adorable! AND I Love Cameo’s Candy…..

  2. Patti says:

    Don’t you just love Cameo? And that red cup reminds me of jelly beans! Um, maybe that was a bad comparison. LOL!

  3. Holly says:

    Ohhhh a candy buffet! Did I die and go to heaven?

  4. Patti says:


    It’s an Easter Candy Miracle! I can’t wait!!


  5. Patti says:

    Hi Jackie!!!

    Your work is just gorgeous!! Thanks for reading! I will post more after Easter so you can see how it turned out.


  6. Eddie Ross says:

    I love this time of year too, and you are right, there is nothing better than a beautiful Easter basket.
    Have a wonderful weekend.

  7. Patti says:

    I can only fantasize about an Eddie Ross Easter….too fabu for words!


  8. Clint says:

    I got a sugar buzz just looking at these pictures!!

  9. Patti says:

    Clint! We should color some eggs together! xoox, P

  10. Patti says:


    We will be seaside very soon! How exciting!!