Today's tablescape is only recommended if you have the panache to pull it off. You've been baking cookies for your friends who are coming to visit. How kind. But perhaps you started a wee bit early and they haven't arrived. Better test one to make sure they are delicious. Why yes, they are. Perhaps another. And another.
Before you know it you are passed out on the table in your robe and slippies with a carton of soymilk, an empty cookie sheet and a bag of Chick-O-Sticks you have no recollection of buying. And there your guests are on the front porch looking in the front door at your state of dishabille.
Like a good hostess would, offer them that bag of candy.