• Come on in, it’s fall, y’all!

    Oct 18, 2012 CATEGORIES: Gridiron Belles: A Guide to Saturdays in Dixie, SEC Football, Southern Belles, Southern Women

    Being a hostess requires opening your home and letting the ones you care about be a part of your life. Making them comfortable and letting them know they are welcome are all requirements of the job. And unfortunately as fall grows closer and football games require cardigans and boots, houses begin to close their screen doors and turn off the porch ceiling fans. Therefore as the seasons change so does the meaning of the words “come sit a spell.”

    Sitting a spell now requires a hot toddy instead of cold sweet tea and a warm fire instead of a paper fan. Fall weather essentials require quite a familiarity of the cozy feeling one receives from cuddling under a thick knit blanket. And as being a hostess most certainly changes from season to season, here are some favorite fall tidbits to make a guest feel a little more comfortable.

    Learning to make Banana bread (the Paula Dean way)

    Covering the couches with something soft and squishy

    Game day chili

    Lighting candles that smell of coffee and magnolia trees

    Making a flawless hot toddy

    Wreathes made from oak leaves and pomegranates

    Pumpkin spice lattes steaming from a mug

    A small fire filling the house with warmth

    Cashmere socks

    Urns filled with chrysanthemums, late dahlias and sunflowers

    Team colored blankets during the game

    A watch party menu filled with warm soup, crusty bread, and lots of pumpkin


    Written by Gridiron Belles intern, Brittany Fredrick, of Ole Miss