Here's a beautiful and generous idea I saw in Southern Living (November issue): Combine a group of vases of flowers together as a centerpiece, and then give each little bouquet to guests to take home. There are more ideas to dress up your table, including mixing fluffy white cotton bolls with branches and leaves. [We use our brown cotton bolls around the house and recently donated a metal basket of them as an arrangement in our church foyer.]
Among the delicious--and unique--ideas was a vanilla crepe cake. Another even more unique idea is Cornmeal-and-Brown Sugar-Crusted Bacon.
And there was a wonderful selection of places to visit in the South, including a collection of favorite places to eat in Atlanta and a swamp safari in Big Cypress National Preserve, plus a tribute to Fannie Flagg's Birmingham.
Gardening ideas include a trinket garden with small treasures scattered throughout--an idea from To Kill a Mockingbird. And don't miss the concluding essay: City Girls, Country Table.
Sparkle note: If you drag a treat from the box, and click on it again, Sparkle will jump up and catch it!