About

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Southern hospitality. Tradition with a twist. And a bit of sarcasm. That’s what you’ll find here with me, Mary Hollis Huddleston, on Mrs. Southern Social.

I’m a Nashville native who loves entertaining at home, but I’m also a very busy gal. I don’t have time, nor do I want to be in the DIY business. I believe in the power of “delegation,” in that by utilizing all the amazing party-resources available, you can actually enjoy hosting beautiful events and celebrating life creatively.

For a while, I loved planning parties so much that I made a living doing it for others. I started in the event-planning business in Dallas right after graduating college (longer ago than I would like to admit). One marriage, one baby, and eight years later, I “retired” from wedding planning, and moved back to Nashville to settle-down for good. Texas is great and all, but I grew tired of teasing my hair and missed Georgian architecture and fruit tea.

About five years ago, my husband and I started Please Be Seated, an event rental company, which makes it very convenient for me to rent items for the parties I host at home. One small perk from my crazy day-job.

So if you have a day job, why Mrs. Southern Social you ask? Well, I’m a working Southern woman who loves welcoming people into my home and throwing dinner parties, but I don’t have the time nor energy to spend hours on Pinterest, cooking or decorating myself. Thankfully, times have changed, and we no longer have to rely on just ourselves to make things happen. In fact, it’s so much easier if we don’t. From iced cookies, invitations, catering to flowers, I’ll share ideas, inspiration and contacts that will hopefully make your life a bit easier one cocktail party at a time.

We’ll be delegating here, so if you like to cook or make anything from scratch, I’m not your girl. After all, why do it yourself, when someone else can do it for you (oftentimes better and cheaper than you could)?

“Southern charm without lifting an arm,” is our motto friends. Now let’s celebrate…