Southern Living

Hosting a holiday party or dinner is one of a Southerner's favorite ways to spend the season. We break out our fine china, polish our silver, and send out formal invitations. We are thrilled to entertain and host our friends and family over delicious, home-cooked meals and good fellowship. What happens when something doesn't go to plan, however? We turned to the queens of polished manners, Gayden Metcalfe and Charlotte Hays, for answers to all of our burning holiday etiquette questions. What happens if a guest has been overserved? How should you handle a guest who takes your holiday dinner party attire a little too casually? These two Mississippi Delta natives are the authors of Being Dead Is No Excuse, Somebody Is Going To Die If Lilly Beth Doesn't Catch That Bouquet, and Some Day You'll Thank Me For This, and they've figured out how to navigate the dos and don'ts of holiday etiquette with class.

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