Are you a new mom or buying a gift for a new mom? We have the perfect list for you. One of the best gifts you can give a baby is time and especially while you are reading. If you need some help beefing up your children’s library, today we are featuring 10 African American […]
Holiday season is the perfect time to catch up with the ones you love. No better way to do that than with a holiday or New Year’s card. Get tips from Kalyn Johnson, Owner of Effie’s Paper today and make sure to get some pieces from their shop as they are Black Southern Belle approved!
Holiday Etiquette Tips from Effie’s Paper
Be Thoughtful About Your Recipient. I try to buy gifts that my friends and family will love. Sometimes it’s an item that they’d never buy for themselves; other times I might buy something I saw them eye-ing or heard them mention. Everyone loves receiving gifts and feeling loved. But, finding the perfect gift is not synonymous with spending a lot of money. It’s truly the thought that counts. My husband loves to cook, so last year, we gave our foodie friends homemade tomato chutney in Ball jars with labels I designed. Everyone loved the personal touch and the yummy chutney!
Send Holiday Cards.Sending holiday cards is a tradition that dates back to 1875 in the United States. Taking the time to send holiday cards is a great way to kick off the holiday season! Make it a ritual and get your little ones involved (they can stamp and stuff envelopes) while you write a brief note inside each card. Sometimes a holiday card may be the only communication you have each year with your extended family and friends – take this opportunity to network and let folks know what’s going on in your world or to re-connect with a former colleague. Buy your cards early and address them in November (you know you’re dying to start listening to your holiday playlist anyway!) and drop them in the mail just after Thanksgiving. No time before the end of the year to get organized? Then consider sending a New Year card at the beginning of January once the holiday madness dies down.
Send Thank You Notes. Receive a gift? Write a thank you note. If someone was kind enough to buy you a gift, the least you can do is take the time to sit down and hand-write a thank you note on nice stationery. A text message, or email saying thanks, does not carry the same weight as a handwritten thank you note. A thank you note is a tangible reminder of your gratefulness. The week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve is the perfect time to sit down to pen thank you notes – make it a holiday tradition. A good rule of thumb is to send holiday thank you notes before the New Year. But, if you’re busy juggling kids and guests and perhaps travel during this time period, remember that a late thank you note is better than not sending one at all. It’s never too late to say thank you!
There is nothing more important than spending time with your family, especially for a Black Southern Belle. We all have memories of eating dinner, going on vacation and laughing with our families. Today we are highlighting just that and have curated Vintage Images of African American Families We Love! Vintage Images of African American Families We […]
Do you love learning about history and also love southern food? We have the perfect list for you today. From Gullah food to whole hog BBQ, there are a number of cuisines to explore in the spectrum of soul food. My favorite soul food is influenced by church celebrations and today we are giving you […]
It is never to early to start planning for summer vacations and what better way to do that than through reading some great books. Today we are sharing Our Favorite Books on African American Beaches. If you love history and enjoy spending time on the water, these books are perfect for you. Take a trip through […]
Today we are featuring some of our favorite Images of Coretta Scott King. These images exude her classic grace and elegance as long as a little bit of her fun and playful side playing the roles of activist, wife, mom and more. She is the shining example of a Black Southern Belle and we are […]
What could be better than savoring the taste of Lowcountry cuisine from award-winning restaurants in Charleston? Enjoying them while enjoying a beautiful sunset over the Holy City, of course. With its warm climate and gorgeous sunsets over the Charleston Harbor, you couldn’t ask for a perfect place to wine, dine, and unwind. Here are the Top 10 […]
Today we are featuring a beautiful Kernersville, NC Wedding with Garden Style. This northern bride has decided to put her family and marriage roots in the South. Her beautiful garden-inspired wedding left us speechless and we are so honored to share the story of her nuptials. Take some time to get inspired with this beautiful garden […]
Spring is right around the corner and we can’t wait. There is nothing more fun than a garden party in the Spring, especially one planned by a Back Southern Belle. Today we are featuring a beautiful Pink and Green Inspired Dinner Party in Gainesville, GA and hope it gives you all the inspiration you need […]
Family reunion planning is in full swing a few months out before summer. Feeling a little overwhelmed as you get things started? We have some resources to make the process the easier and ultimately fun. To get you started with planning, we have curated Books on How to Plan Your African American Family Reunion. Whether it […]
Do you love crafting and DIY? Of course, you do, you are a Black Southern Belle. For as long as I can remember, there were always women in my life making fun and unique crafts. If you want to learn more about the roots of crafting, these 5 Books About African American Artisans and Crafting are […]