Southern Charm Tip #46: Be a One-Person Welcome Wagon

March 3, 2013 | By Caroline McKenzie | Comments (6)
Southern Charm Tip #46: Be a One-Person Welcome Wagon

Photo by Becky Luigart-Stayner

There’s nothing more charming than Southern hospitality. With that in mind, we’re always looking for sweet ways to welcome new neighbors.

Residents new to the neighborhood will appreciate a homemade pie, sure. But what they really need is a lot more basic, such as answers to “What day is trash pickup?” “Where’s the nearest dry cleaner?” and “Who is the best veterinarian in the area?” Corral this information for them into one handy packet, and you’ll be an absolute life-saver. Even sweeter: Pair the info with a measuring cup-worth of our Orange Spice Sugar (recipe below) and a note that explains you’ve compiled a quick guide to some of your family’s favorite spots and if they ever need anything, feel free to ask. In the meantime, they can enjoy this neighborly cup of sugar.

Orange Spice Sugar Pulse 1 cup sugar, 1 Tbsp. chopped crystallized ginger, 1 Tbsp. orange zest, ½ tsp. ground cinnamon, and ¼ tsp. ground allspice in a food processor until blended. Sprinkle on sugar cookies or stir into tea. Makes 1 cup.

Download our customizable “Welcome to the Neighborhood” packet at


  1. Arthur in the Garden!


    March 3, 2013 at 12:39 pm
  2. Myra

    OMG, you guys are a life saver because I was thinking of starting a welcome basket for new neighbors. The information you talk about re: veterinary, cleaners, etc. is very informative & I can just feel the excitement myself in starting this. Thank you, Myra C.
    San Diego, Ca

    March 5, 2013 at 11:17 pm
  3. rhonda

    You need to do spell check on the “Neighborhood” download. Very nice otherwise!

    March 6, 2013 at 5:53 am
  4. Vickie

    I’d love to download your “Welcome” packet. Can you correct the typo please…Services, not Sevices. Thanks!

    March 7, 2013 at 8:53 am
  5. Caroline McKenzie

    Typo is fixed. Sorry for the inconvenience!

    March 7, 2013 at 10:54 am
  6. crystal kropf

    cant seem to download the PDF to print. any suggestions.

    March 7, 2013 at 1:31 pm