My friend, Kristy Woodson Harvey wrote a book.
It’s called Dear Carolina. I read it months ago and I couldn’t put it down. As in stay-up-all-night-when-you-should-be-sleeping-and-glance-at-the-clock-at-3:45-in-the-morning-and-wonder-where-all-the-time-has-gone kind of book.
It’s about a beautiful designer named Khaki who is a blogger with an incredible sense of style and it follows her incredible, poignant journey to becoming a mother. So to help promote the book, we thought it would be fun if we partnered with Mikasa and challenged some bloggers to create a table decorated from the perspective of Khaki, the southern designer.
So with much fanfare and milk glass….
…..you know your place setting is southern when….
1. Your place cards have two namers
As in Mary Caroline.
Or Elizabeth Grace.
Yep. That’s me.
I’m a two namer. My mother didn’t want to pass up the opportunity to add one more family name to the mix.
2. You use your dessert fork for pecan pie
Pecan pie that your grandmother made.
And her grandmother made before her.
With real sugar, extra butter and pecans your dad shelled from the yard.
3. Your glasses are full of sweet tea
Brewed that morning and poured over extra ice.
And served with lemon wedges.
And when you finish the tea and get up from the table, you’re “fixin’ to go get some more.
4. The linens are monogrammed
And you got them from your mother.
Or bought them at your best friend’s sisters boyfriend’s mom’s with the same initial’s yard sale.
And they are crisp and white and starched to perfection.
And when you set the perfect southern table and pour the sweet tea and set out the cornbread and the biscuits and homemade strawberry preserves with corn casserole and green beans and chicken and dumplin’s and your guests oooh and ahhh over the food and the table….
….you pause for a moment and then duck your head and sigh.
And tell them all you ordered out from the Cracker Barrel.
Then you truly know your table setting is southern…..
….when it (and all your guests) “blesses your heart.”
And now in the spirit of true southern hospitality,
Mikasa is offering to give away a 16-piece place setting of this beautiful white china.
The pattern is called Loria and it’s simple and classic with a tiny polka-dotted edge with extra personality.
In addition, I’m also giving away a copy of the book, Dear Carolina by Kristy Woodson Harvey.
Contest details and entry below.