Monday Manners: About Southern Hospitality

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 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.”

  1. Food

    • 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.

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16 thoughts on “Monday Manners: About Southern Hospitality

  1. I love this post and all your southern tips and facts and I LOVE YOUR NEW BLOG LOOK! It is so perfect for you! Looks like a great time and so many prego ladies at that party from the pic. Love ya

  2. That "Sprinkle" looked like so much fun! Glad you enjoyed yourself .I do plan on buying the Southern manners book…since I am practically a southerner now

  3. What a beautiful sprinkle! I grew up on West Coast and there is really something to be said for Southern Manners. Most men in the West don't open doors for their dates which one of the reasons why I love my Southerner husband so much!

  4. I had not heard of a sprinkle – what a cute idea! Love the eHow on Southern Hospitality. So true, so very true.

  5. I think the idea of a Sprinkle is adorable!!! I was given a sprinkle (though didn't know to call it that!) for my younger #2 was a boy after a sister and then several years later a surprise #3 (when we had gotten rid of all out baby things!) but they were small gatherings of really close friends. I am filing away "sprinkle" for future reference. Your article is spot on about Southern is the best!!!

  6. Ok that Sprinkle looks adorable! What a great idea, never heard of this.

    I need to get to the South. I live in LA and people are SO rude here. I can't even go to the grocery store without being bumped into and not even receiving an "I'm sorry." It's sad, really 🙁

  7. My friends had a Sprinkle for me when I had Payton! So much fun! I love edible art, we used them for Ryans 1st birthday. They can do some amazing things. You look fab 🙂

  8. I'm so glad you're back–I've missed your blog! I'm loving the new look, too!

    The Sprinkle looks like so much fun! I love, love, love that banner! Hope you're having a wonderful week!

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