Southern Living

From a very young age, our Southern Mamas instill in us the importance of genteel behavior, manners, and courteous hospitality. We learn how to warmly welcome someone into our home, why it's always necessary to hold the door, and the proper way to carry ourselves at a dinner party. These etiquette experts learned their behavior in the same way – from their mothers in the Mississippi Delta. Join Gayden Metcalfe and Charlotte Hays, 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 for the answers to all of your etiquette questions. When should you prepare a toast? Which events warrant a formal invitation? We also asked one of our most pressing questions – is it still necessary to wear stockings? With their humorous advice about dealing with uncomfortable situations, these two women share all the tips and tricks every Southern should know before hosting, entertaining, or attending.

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