What makes a party Southern? The guests and the gossip
Aspect of the party planning that's too often overlooked? A well-appointed powder room. Don't forget to set out fragrant hand soaps and disposable towels.
No table is complete without... Salt and pepper - I always incorporate pretty little salt and pepper cellars when I set the table.
Mail Invites? For a brunch or cocktail party, defenitely yes. But if it's a casual football gathering, a phone call or e-mail is perfectly fine.
Last-minute tips? Turn on music, adjust the lighting, and (I add this because I have small children) do a toy sweep to make sure guests don't trip over Buzz Lightyear.
You know a party is a success when... Everyone stays late and there's a big, beautiful mess at the end.