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Food & Wine
Southern Living

Southern Living December 2018

SOUTHERN LIVING celebrates the legendary food, gracious homes, lush gardens, and distinct places that make the South unique. In every edition you’ll find dozens of recipes prepared in our famous test kitchens, guides to the best travel experiences, decorating ideas and inspiration, and gardening tips tailored specifically to your climate.

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United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Meredith Corporation
Frequency:
Monthly
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1 min.
holiday getaway

No matter your Christmas wish, you’ll find a home for the holidays here in Charleston. HOLIDAY HEADQUARTERS Perhaps the best time of year to check into Belmond Charleston Place hotel is during the holidays. Step into the grand lobby and you’ll be greeted with a magnificent holiday display complete with a fully operational replica of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train. Enjoy on-site shopping and luxurious dining at Charleston Grill. TRADITIONAL WITH ALL THE TRIMMINGS A stay at the historic John Rutledge House Inn offers guests luxurious amenities while showcasing an ethereal elegance of a bygone era. Whether in Charleston for a holiday relishing in romance, becoming the ultimate foodie, or a girls’ getaway, this historic home is perfect for that southern winter escape you’ve been craving. LUXE WINTER HIDEAWAY An intimate boutique inn, the French Quarter Inn…

2 min.
did you get our card?

THEY START SHOWING UP in the mailbox in early December, often in red or green envelopes with festive stamps and silver ink. I don’t know how many we get, but they come from all over the country—partly because the Evans family has moved a lot and partly because my wife, Susan, is much better at keeping up with people than her husband. We get them from high school and college friends, cousins, aunts, and old business colleagues. We get them from our neighbors, our dry cleaner, our banker, and the real estate agent who sold us a house years ago. We get them from people I’ve worked for and people who’ve worked for me. Sometimes we even get them from people we don’t know. By late December, our dining room table…

3 min.
take a bough

FESTOON THE FRONT DOOR On the exterior, go for a few high-impact pieces rather than small, hard-to-see details. This entry point’s all-natural look started with a 25-foot Leyland cypress garland that curves around the front door’s fanlight and runs down the sides, with clusters of large pinecones fastened with wire. A lush collar of magnolia leaves, loosely stuffed into the top of each topiary pot, is an effortless holiday addition to any year-round container. LIVEN UP THE ENTRY Don’t let the living room have all the holiday fun. Make a playful statement in this welcoming area with a garland-draped, stocking-bedecked banister (D. Stevens Velvet Christmas Stockings; neimanmarcus.com). Tie the stockings directly to the balustrade, not the garland. Lastly, loop on ribbons (from Mood Fabrics and Paper Source). EMBELLISH THE KITCHEN Drape a single Leyland cypress…

4 min.
bring out the china

Cozy Classic “I love to blend the high and low, the formal and informal,” says Buffy Hargett Miller. This seasonal tablescape starts with gray-and-white plates (Juliska’s Country Estate in Flint), which she brightens up with cheery bursts of red, simple patterned table linens, shiny silver pieces, and a cascading centerpiece garland. Buffy’s tricks could apply to most earthenware, pottery, or transferware dishes. “This styling is just right for informal holiday gatherings like Christmas breakfast or even a family supper during December,” she adds. 1 The Centerpiece Start with traditional holiday selections like a garland, red amaryllis, berries, pears, and apples. Then arrange them together as a table runner. “The neutral plates called for strong pops of color, but I wanted to do something a little more unconventional,” says Buffy. Spread the garland diagonally…

1 min.
gifted and talented

EVERYONE KNOWS THAT WHEN it comes to meaningful gift giving, it’s the thought that counts. But Southerners also know the real secret to setting your present apart from others in the pile is wow-worthy packaging. Twirled ribbon, personalized tags, customized wrap—this year, there are even more creative ways to deliver goodies. From a powder blue woodgrain pattern to a leafy green palm print, we’ve handpicked our favorite papers of the season. Our Wrap List 1. Woodgrain Light Blue Driftwood by Rebecca Reck Art, $15; spoonflower.com. Pineapple Cotton Ribbon in Blue, $19; onekingslane.com. Champagne gift tags, $7/set of 10; riflepaperco.com 2. Driftwood Geometric Citron Yellow, $15; spoonflower.com. May Arts Ribbon 1.25 Inch Silk Ribbon in Robin’s Egg Blue, $62/32 yards; ribbonresource.com 3. Palm Leaf Frond on Blush Linen Texture, $15; spoonflower.com. Coral Single Face Velvet…

3 min.
thanks for the paperwhites!

FOR TEACHERS Watching the delicate flowers form is half the fun of paperwhites. Pick up bulb-forcing vases at your local garden shop or online. Fill each one with water, and place a bulb on top. Once it has a few shoots and flowers, knot a cheery ribbon around the vase, and it’s ready for the teacher’s desk. FOR DINNER GUESTS Place cards can double as party favors at a festive affair. Fill a vintage teacup (stock up on them at thrift stores!) with gravel and a single bulb. Carefully tie the name tag to a sturdy stem. Note: A paperwhite that’s just starting to flower (as shown here) sits nicely on the table, and your guests can also look forward to more blooms to come. FOR YOUR NEIGHBORS Spread cheer in your community with a…