While it’s always exciting to share advice, it’s even more meaningful when it finds its way into press. It gives me the ability to provide tips to an even wider audience in hopes that everyone will feel a bit more comfortable socially. Gray Chapman was such a great writer to work with and I love that she included all of the local businesses I’d mentioned. Hope you enjoy the piece!
Do people still bring hostess gifts?
Never show up empty-handed. My go-to’s are tins of Beautiful Briny Sea salt, pralines from Greene’s, baked goods from Star Provisions, and Savannah Bee Company’s rare black sage honey. Steve McKenzie’s has a great assortment of practical items like coasters, votive candles, and corkscrews—all much more unique than a bottle of wine.
Talk of politics is almost inevitable.
There are subjects that should be shied away from to ensure you stay in pleasant company. Among acquaintances, politics is on that list. Try your best to change the subject to something else the person is passionate about. If you find that the conversation continues to spin itself back to politics, remain respectful—even if it means agreeing to disagree.
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This article originally appeared in Atlanta Magazine’s November 2017 issue.