That's right. I wrote proper instead of properly. It is difficult to emulate redneck accents through type.
So, I'm going to leave you with a few rules my Mother taught me, plus a few of my own, regarding the importance of details in hosting.
1) Always keep fresh flowers in the house.
2) When company is coming, set the table first before working on anything else that needs to get done. That way, if you are running behind as company arrives, the set table will show them that yes, you were expecting them (and they won't know you're running behind!).
3) Sweep crumbs under the rug.
4) Light a candle.
5) Always do your best to make your company feel special, no matter how casual the gathering.
What about you? Do you have any special rules you follow when company comes?
Have a lovely weekend, friends!