Meet the Hostess: Buffy Hargett
What's your entertaining signature? I always mix something old with something new—such as ornate family silver paired with plain white china.
What's your silver pattern? It's Fairfax by Gorham, monogrammed.
Favorite party staple? Fun paper napkins are a must, especially the colorful patterned ones by Caspari.
Mailed invitations: Yes or no? Handmade invites are always nice, but a simple phone call works too.
What's your go-to cocktail? In the summer, it's anything with fresh mint and lots of crushed ice.
Sweet or unsweet tea? I like unsweet, with a fresh peach slice.
Best easy centerpiece? Any blossom cut from your garden is pretty. I also love single hosta leaves arranged in a cluster of bud vases.
What often-overlooked detail should always be remembered? Lighting. Candles and dimmed lights set the tone for a party and make everyone look better.
How do you know when a party is a success? I know it went well when everyone calls to say, "We should do that more often!"