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The Southern approach to holiday etiquette and hospitality plus a plaid Christmas table idea.

Holiday Etiquette & Hospitality + My Plaid Christmas Table

The Southern approach to holiday etiquette and hospitality plus a plaid Christmas table idea perfect for holiday entertaining. Good manners the world over are important even today when it feels like propriety has fallen out of favor and civility is long forgotten. Here in the South, being courteous and well-mannered have a certain sine qua …

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The Art of Receiving a Call: Rule No. 4 Always Offer Refreshments. Get more etiquette tips on penderandpeony.com

Etiquette Guide — The Art of Receiving a Call

I was inspired to write The Art of Paying a Call after accompanying my mother on her round of social visits. Not only did I observe her behavior as the caller, but also how we were greeted and welcomed by our hostess/host. But while writing this etiquette guide, The Art of Receiving a Call, I …

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The Art of Paying a Call - Learn the etiquette at penderandpeony.com

The Art of Paying a Call in the South

In centuries past, women dressed up in their best day gowns and went visiting. They paid calls on friends and acquaintances within their social circle who were “at home” on such and such a day. Tea was served. Cakes eaten. Best manners displayed, and calling cards left. This was a great time for gossip, and …

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