Hope y’all had a great weekend! On Saturday, I attended a Sprinkle for one of my friends having a baby girl, due in May. I had never heard of a Sprinkle before, so I think it’s a rather new trend. Instead of throwing another shower for your second child, a friend can throw you a sprinkle, if your next child is of a different sex, than your first. That way you can get some precious girl’s/boy’s clothes and accessories. Love the idea, and Saturday’s Sprinkle was so fun! The hostess did a wonderful job, and the cake made my day, Edible Art (our wedding cake designer). Heaven! Shhh, I even took a piece home with me.
After attending the party, it got me thinking about Southern hospitality. I found this great article on eHow.com and thought I’d share it with y’all. Hope you enjoy it!
“Southern hospitality is about good manners, gracious hosting and making those around you feel comfortable. Though these qualities seem simple, Southern hospitality is more involved than remembering to say “please” and “thank you.”
Southern hospitality goes hand-in-hand with an abundance of good, home-cooked food. When new neighbors move in, the other residents of the block often bake a cake or other welcoming treat to take to them. Social functions often revolve around food, whether it is a pot-luck or single-host gathering. According to Study Overseas, “Food is served in plentiful portions; in fact, it would be considered a failure on the host’s part if their guests left hungry.”
Hosting an Event
Whether it is a small gathering of close friends or a gala event of mixed company, a Southern host extends compliments to each guest and never ignores anyone. The host also ensures that everyone feels welcome and comfortable and mingles with all attendees to keeps the conversation flowing.
Good manners are an expected part of Southern hospitality. People in the South frequently use the phases such as “yes ma’am,” “no ma’am,” “yes sir,” “no sir,” “thank you kindly” and “pardon me.” Four-letter curse words are considered foul when coming from a lady’s mouth, and men often refrain from using rough language in the presence of ladies. Napkins are laid in laps when dining and bodily functions are neither discussed nor displayed. Smiling and waving to people you pass is common, and it would be considered rude to not say “hello” or “how are you?”—even to a stranger.
In the South, chivalry is appreciated and practiced by many. According to “A Handbook of Southern Manners,” gentlemen open doors for ladies, offer their seat to them, stand when a woman enters the room and offer their arm when they are going up or down steps.” Men do not tell sexually explicit jokes in mixed company, nor do they discuss intimate details or spread gossip.
Do Not Boast
If you are a truly gracious Southerner, you do not boast, you support those around you and lift up their spirits. If you do well in a competition, good Southern manners dictate you are gracious and humble in accepting any accolades or recognition. In any acceptance speech you thank your team and acknowledge anybody else’s contribution to your success.Photo Credit: 1________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Tiny Prints is featured on Rue La La today, and only today. If you have any invitations, personalized stamps or stationary you’re thinking about purchasing, order them here! They’re offering $20 for a $40 voucher to Tiny Prints. Click here for your free invitation to Rue La La, if you haven’t been invited yet.