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A Hostess Caftan for the Holidays

Katherine of Pender & Peony sitting on settee sipping tea in blue caftan

Entertaining at home for the holidays? Throw on a fab caftan for just the right mix of casual chic and comfort! Comfort and style don’t have to be at odds! There is something to spice up leisure-wear, and no it’s not leggings.  Whether you are going for the 60’s glam vibe or boho-chic the caftan …

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The Charming Index – September

Southern Living Party Cookbook beside ginger jar vase of dahlias

Charming | ADJ. | The power or quality of giving delight… Your monthly guide to charming things, people, places, reads, eats, and style! No. 1 The Southern Living Party Cookbook An updated entertaining guide for modern Southern women with recipes, tablescape ideas, and advice organized by occasion. Author and Southern hostess, Elizabeth Heiskell will charm …

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The Charming Index – July

Sycamore Hill Blueberries

Hello lovely peonies! I know it has been far too quiet hear on P&P, and I do apologize for totally disappearing for almost two months. Honestly, I simply got so caught up in transitioning to farm life that I just haven’t had the energy for anything else. In May, I made the thrilling and scary …

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The Charming Index – March

Seersucker dress and pastel scarf - The Charming Index

Charming | ADJ. | The power or quality of giving delight… Your monthly guide to charming things, people, places, reads, eats, and style! No. 1 Catherine Wiley Paintings at the KMA  Her work is simply incandescent! I love the rich colors and the bold strokes contrasted with the serene scenes of women in intimate settings. …

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Strawberry Champagne Trifle Cake

Strawberry champagne trifle cake

A delightful and bubbly spring dessert perfect for luncheons and celebratory showers: the strawberry champagne trifle cake! Y’all this is literally the most delicious trifle cake on the planet! And just what sends it over the top? CHAMPAGNE!!! I have made plenty of trifles over the years after all it is an easily assembled dessert …

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The Charming Index – February

French Toast at The Mockingbird, Nashville - The Charming Index

Charming | ADJ. | The power or quality of giving delight… Your monthly guide to charming things, people, places, reads, eats, and style! No. 1 Antiques & Garden Show, Nashville One of the oldest antique and garden shows in the South, this show mingles over 150 antique, art, and horticulture dealers with beautiful indoor gardens.  Lots …

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Elegance on the Half Shell – The Oyster Plate

Elegant antique oyster plate - refined dining must have

Entertain in style with the ever elegant oyster plate, delighting refined diners since the 1800’s. Learn more about these charming dishes, their history and how to collect. Candlelight flickers, music stirs the air, and elegant florals cascade across the table as guests saunter into the dining room. Chairs are pulled, napkins unfurled, and delighted chatter …

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Al Fresco Summer Dining with Hydrangea Tablescape

hydrangea centerpiece with glass hurricane and white candle

Grab a glass of bubbly Prosecco and join me for some al fresco summer dining at this hydrangea tablescape! It’s a sultry evening in July. The sun is wistfully sinking and the fireflies are just beginning to flash. The smell of charcoal wafts across the back yard and effervescent Prosecco tickles your nose as the …

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7 Signs You Are at a Southern Wedding

Couple monogram decorates seating card display at this Southern wedding.

Ever wonder what makes a Southern wedding so distinctive? Read about 7 Southern wedding traditions and peculiarities that express our unique Southern joie de vivre. The cutting of the cake… the first dance… the throwing of the bouquet… Tradition and weddings go hand in hand, and you are probably familiar with all of the above …

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Naming Your House

Naming your house: white brick house with dogwood trees in bloom

Naming your house is a great way to define identity, add character, and show affection for that place we call home!   There’s no place like home.  There’s no place like home.  There’s no place like home. Home brings to mind a distinctive vision, stirring memories, special smells, and a singular feeling of love.  There’s …

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