In Wilmington, NC we celebrate the Azaleas in bloom with the party to end all parties. The Azalea Festival Garden Party is set in the historic Airlie Gardens. Guests dress in their best and brightest summer frocks with all the accoutrements to sip cocktails, nibble hors d'oeuvre and enjoy the splendor of the gardens. On the surface this celebration may seem all pomp and circumstance, but don't be fooled. You can find a savory plate of Bar-B-Que and leave with a true understanding of Southern Comfort. If you are attending this event be warned! This party goes on all day and well into the night so you may want to pace yourself. The drinks keep flowing at the Garden Party and we don't believe in a stingy pour here in the south.
If you need to brush up on your southern etiquette then check out the March 2013 issue of Southern Living magazine. The feature "35 Secrets to Southern Charm" covers everything from tricky dress codes to party etiquette. It's everything you need to know to get ready for the spring party season. Be sure to catch #26 Always Have Something Nice to Say. It's comedian Jane Borden's take on southern social graces.
3. Charm Tip
Spring brings about a explosion of blooms in every shade of pastel. It is the soft and easy transition from winter to summer. Designer Lillian August is the Queen of easy transitional spaces and her North Carolina home was designed with spring in mind. All the rooms feel airy, soft and comfortable with just the right amount of sophistication. It is the trifecta of design. A difficult achievement that for Lillian August seems effortless.
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