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Hello friends! Amber here, and I’m so excited to start sharing my favorite tips and ideas for being a gracious hostess. From recipes to projects to gift ideas, I look forward to regularly sharing with you how to entertain at home and add a bit of Southern hospitality to your everyday!

It’s summer in the South, which means there is a roadside stand full of fresh vegetables around every corner! It’s the perfect time to enjoy the bounty and bake up some delicious zucchini bread to give as a gift to the hosts at your next social gathering, or simply have on hand for friends that stop by.

This moist and delicious zucchini bread recipe features a hint of cinnamon and some added walnuts for crunch. It slices perfectly and is always gone in less than a day at our house! Last week, our family picked a 14″ long zucchini from our garden that was enough to double this recipe and make four loaves. Two for us and two to give away!

For transportation and gifting, wrap a bit of parchment paper around a loaf and tie it with bakers twine. I also love the idea of pairing a loaf with a Fruitful Summer Encouragement Postcard to delight someone special with!

Want to add this recipe to your recipe box? We’ve created a sweet printable card for you! Download your zucchini bread recipe card.

Written with love by Amber
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  1. avatar Alison reply

    What an adorable series! So excited for this!

    • avatar Amber reply

      I’m excited that you’re excited Alison! Happy baking! :)

  2. avatar Emily reply

    I love the idea of sharing recipes on SW. This is such a great addition to the website. I will have try the zucchini bread soon!

    • avatar Amber reply

      So glad to hear this Emily! Let me know how it turns out! :)

    • avatar Emily reply

      I finally got around to trying this recipe and Amber it was so delicious!!! It’s a dense bread but was still very tasty with a crispy crust. I especially enjoyed it with some peanut butter smeared on top! Bring on more recipes to try.

    • avatar Amber reply

      Hooray Emily! So great to hear that you had the results you did. I’ve never tried peanut butter with it, but definitely going to now! Excited to share more recipes with you too in the coming months!

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Surcee: A Southern term for a little gift given unexpectedly to the ones you love. There are few things more satisfying than finding the perfect gift for someone–especially if you’re anything like me and gifting is one of your love languages! That’s why the Surcees feature in our annual magazine is a favorite all around, both for us to put together and for you to read (or so we hear :)). This year for V8, we did something a little different and invited a few stylish, in-the-know, Southern tastemakers to share their suggestions with us–thanks so much to Mandy Kellogg Rye of Waiting on Martha for helping us out with our surcees for newlyweds page!

P.S. We’re giving away a few of these items–see below for details!

Clockwise from top left: Y’allsome tee, endearment mug, Pleased as Punch paper coasters, Short Stack cookbooks, mini pineapple bowl and gold spoon, gingham sheet set, “Home” embroidery, original salted caramels, monogrammed napkin rings, One Line a Day memory book, Pick a Pickle recipe deck, beeswax celebration candles, commemorative cork holder, wooden pie carrier, gardenia blossoms soap

And now for the giveaway! To enter, leave a comment below and let us know which of the FOLLOWING items you’d like to win:

Y’allsome tee (in medium)
Wooden pie carrier
Commemorative cork holder
Gardenia blossoms soap
One Line a Day memory book

Winners will be randomly selected and emailed on Friday!

lisa Written with love by Lisa
44 Comments
  1. avatar Chloe reply

    I love all of these, but would love to have the wooden pie carrier!

  2. avatar Amy M. reply

    Love that Y’allsome tee!

  3. avatar Kristy reply

    Fun! I would like the blossoms soap and one line a day memory book and why not the pie carrier :)

  4. avatar Lindy reply

    Super cute! I’d love the pie holder! But all are such fun ideas and great for newlyweds.

  5. avatar Laura reply

    How cute are all of these?! I’d love the One Line a Day memory book, especially since it looks like they’re sold out!

  6. avatar Edith Vargas reply

    I would love the “one line a day memory book”. I think it is something very important to do :)!

  7. avatar Jennifer A reply

    Wooden pie carrier, how cute!

  8. avatar Rene Maldonado reply

    EEEEEEEEE I would love to fancy up that “y’allsome” shirt! I could totally dress that shirt up and out wear it like crazy!

  9. avatar Maria reply

    These are great ideas for newlywed gifts! I would LOVE and use the One Line a Day memory book. Wooohooo!!!

  10. avatar Kristin reply

    I would love to win the commemorative cork holder. I have a cork from when we got engaged and I’m always afraid someone is going to throw it out by accident!

  11. avatar Kimberly Wolf reply

    The commemorative cork holder for the cork from our wedding!

  12. avatar Natalie reply

    LOVE THE T!

  13. avatar Kate R. reply

    I would love to win the soap! Gardenia is one of my very favorite scents :)

  14. avatar Val reply

    Y’all some tee!

  15. avatar meg w. reply

    I would love the one line a day book! all of them look so fun though!

  16. avatar Hannah Staley reply

    I would love to win the wooden pie box. I was going to actually have one made for a wedding gift but this would be awesome! Southern Weddings, your truly the best!

  17. avatar Emily reply

    I’m in love with the t-shirt!

  18. avatar Cordelia reply

    What a lovely surprise to see our Gardenia Blossoms soap featured on Southern Weddings today! Thank you so much!

    I have used the one line a day book for years and absolutely love it!

  19. avatar Sarah Potts reply

    I love that “y’allsome” tee – so cute & adorable!

  20. avatar Kirsten Barber reply

    I love gifting, too, Lisa! There is something so special about seeing the surprise on someone’s face when you present them with a unique or unexpected gift. Love these ideas. I’d love to win the One Line a Day memory book. I always have a notepad next to my bed and I could actually keep this cute little book out.

  21. avatar Jessica M reply

    I would love the Yallsome shirt! ❤️

  22. avatar Karen Cottrell reply

    What fun items! Gift giving is one of my love languages too! I would definitely pick the Yallsome t shirt!

  23. avatar Sarah B. reply

    Thanks ladies for being so sweet to us! Love all the following surcee ideas! I would personally enjoy recieving the Pie Box if I won.

  24. avatar Megan Pollard reply

    Would love to win the gardenia blossoms soap!

  25. avatar Jessica k reply

    I would love that one line a day memory book, so fun!

  26. avatar Odester hepburn reply

    I would like to receive the memory book.

  27. avatar Caroline reply

    These are so cute! I love love love the pie carrier!

  28. avatar Laura reply

    I would love to win the commemorative cork holder! (Well…really any of these!)

  29. avatar Amy S reply

    I would love the wooden pie carrier or the Gardenia blossoms soap!

  30. avatar Lauri Butler reply

    Pie carrier!

  31. avatar Salena Strate reply

    I would love to win the wooden pie carrier. Thank you so much Southern Weddings!

  32. avatar Dana reply

    I wish I made more pies for the pie carrier, but until then, I’d enjoy the memory book!

  33. avatar Meredith reply

    Love being a newlywed and would love the one line a day memory book!!! So cute!!

  34. avatar Janna Toruno reply

    The pie carrier would be a wonderful treat to surprise my boyfriend and family with the desserts I love making for them!

  35. avatar Cameron reply

    I love the one line a day memory book! Sometimes it’s hard to find time to write in my journal but I would love to record our first year of marriage (starting in less than 7 weeks!) with this!

  36. avatar katyrenee reply

    The y’allsome tee is calling my name. So fabulous!

  37. avatar Andi Justice reply

    One Line a Day memory book!!!

  38. avatar Kate reply

    We got an adorable picnic basket set as a wedding gift, and having the pie carrier to use on picnics as well would be so much fun!

  39. avatar Gentry reply

    I would LOVE to win the Y’allsome tee! It us perfect for this Florida belle :) Thanks for hosting!

  40. avatar Karen Bame reply

    I would love to win the Y’allsome t-shirt or the pie carrier!

  41. avatar Jessica Coleman reply

    Love the pie box!

  42. avatar Abby reply

    I’m the one who makes pies for holiday desserts – that pie box would be amazing!

  43. avatar Becca reply

    Gotta love that mug!!! I would definitely give it to newlyweds — or keep it for my and my fiance!

  44. avatar Destiny reply

    All of these gift ideas are just beautifully thoughtful for the perfect wedding event.

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Summer is practically here, which means ’tis the season for weddings, showers, barbecues, al fresco dinners with friends, and more! Every Southern belle knows better than to show up to a wedding or a party empty-handed, which is why we love sharing our favorite places to find sweet, unique gifts with y’all. Tabula Tua is a Chicago-based company that’s new on our radar, and we were delighted to discover their elegant, stylish offerings!

Tabula Tua carries everything from fine china to home accessories to linens, and even though they have a sizable selection, it’s immediately evident that they’ve curated it well–every item is beautiful and heirloom-worthy. I especially love the unique pieces in their Tabletop Accessories collection–can’t you envision them in a Southern Newlywed home so easily?

If you’re looking for the perfect wedding or hostess gift to bring to a special event this summer, you’re in luck, because Tabula Tua is generously offering a $100 gift card to a lucky Southern Weddings reader! Enter via the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!

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This post is brought to you by Tabula Tua – thanks for your support of the brands that make Southern Weddings possible!

lisa Written with love by Lisa
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  1. avatar Chloe reply

    Cool. I like the third one.
    http://www.topwedding.it/beril-stile-impero-cappellini-manica-abito-da-sera-in-chiffon-con-applique-lf140109008-it.html

  2. avatar Sierra Ariel Kalain reply

    Love the elegant touch and clean features of these products! Love Southern Weddings even more!!!

  3. avatar Erin B. reply

    Definitely the Berry & Thread Mixing Bowls Set by Juliska! So pretty!

  4. avatar Caitlin reply

    Love these beautiful gift ideas!

  5. avatar Leah Beth reply

    I would buy the Michael Aram pastry dome xoxo

  6. avatar Erica reply

    The flip flop platter is fantastic! So great for summer

  7. avatar Kelly e. reply

    I LOVE the deviled egg plate. I would also look into some of their serving platters. I especially love the simplicity of the Mud Australia pieces.

  8. avatar Ashley Hirst reply

    I would love to get beautiful serving platters or bowls with the gift card :)

  9. avatar Stephanie reply

    I love it all! So gorgeous!

  10. avatar Daniela reply

    I absolutely love the new Sertodo Copper Tableware! I would definitely want to get one of those pieces with the giftcard. :)

  11. avatar Janna reply

    Those silver platters would be wonderful for hosting friends for dinner!

  12. avatar Erin reply

    I LOVE the optical gold champagne glass and water glasses found under “wedding gifts.” The champagne flutes would be perfect for my fiancé and I to toast with at our upcoming wedding in August!

  13. avatar Lesley reply

    I would choose the “Believe” Tray by Mariposa and the “Home Sweet Home” Lg. Oval Tray.

  14. avatar Kristin Davis reply

    I have so much to be grateful for, and my wonderful friends and family deserve a special token of appreciation for all they have done for me leading up to my wedding day. I would love to spoil my hostesses with the ‘define bottle’… what a fun and unique gift it would be for healthy girls on the go :)

  15. avatar Paige reply

    I would use the gift card to purchase the Crystal Cake Stand. I am in need of a cake stand for my wedding, and the simple elegance of this classic piece would be the perfect one!

  16. avatar Kate Reiss reply

    Love that teapot! It’s so cute!

  17. avatar Jessica K reply

    I love the bee hive cheese pick set! And the geography pillows!

  18. avatar Lorelei reply

    Swooning over the Teapot by Match Pewter.

  19. avatar Kristy reply

    The serving pieces are great!

  20. avatar Madison Grisham reply

    What is silver, gold and ceramic and has my name all over it? Love you ladies. Thank you for spreading love through your warm hearts and great taste.

  21. avatar Melissa reply

    These pieces are gorgeous!!! I have already saved a few pieces from their websites as future birthday and Christmas presents for family and friends…and myself. :)

  22. avatar C.L. reply

    I would put the gift card toward a beautiful Juliska platter! I love the Jardins du Monde medium platter.

  23. avatar Allyson Hemric reply

    If I were to win, I would probably buy the cookbook holder or the new leaves sago palm bread plate. Love them both!!!!

  24. avatar Kristin t reply

    the iPad/book holder!

  25. avatar Kelly reply

    I would LOVE some new crystal stemware to host parties with!!

  26. avatar Alex reply

    I love the Isabella Bedside Carafe!

  27. avatar Julie reply

    I love the place settings

  28. avatar Rachel Kane reply

    I would buy two of thegorgeous stemless wine glasses!

  29. avatar Quin A reply

    I love the WHITE ORCHID CONVERTIBLE EASEL FRAME!!

  30. avatar heather reply

    “Believe” Tray by Mariposa

  31. avatar stephen gordon reply

    “Believe” Tray by Mariposa and the “Home Sweet Home”

  32. avatar amanda reply

    what unique gift ideas! perfect for wedding season!

  33. avatar julie murphy reply

    I would get the Surrey Picnic Basket For Two

  34. avatar Ashley C reply

    I love the Pine Cone Oil Candle!

  35. avatar Mary reply

    I would totally get a state pillow!

  36. avatar Kristina reply

    I love all the pieces you featured here – especially the beaded platter! These would all make beautiful, classic gifts that a couple would treasure for years to come :)

  37. avatar Jessica mcfarlin reply

    The Chicago keep dish is my favorite!

  38. avatar steph reply

    What beautiful gift ideas!!!!!

  39. avatar Michele P reply

    I’d get the Berry & Thread Large Cake Plate by JULISKA! Would be great to use for the wedding and then still practical for home use when I bake!

  40. avatar Heather B. reply

    the fig leaf salt and pepper set are just so cute and perfect for our table!

  41. avatar Laura reply

    I would definitely get a Cat Studio pillow, I’ve had my eye on one of those for years. But I don’t know whether I would get the NC pillow or the Outer Banks pillow!

  42. avatar myranda reply

    Love all of these items so much!

  43. avatar Paieg reply

    Would love to get the Geography Pillows!!

  44. avatar Liz reply

    I love the Simply Anna teapot!

  45. avatar Valerie reply

    LOVE these! please please please!

  46. avatar Amy M reply

    Love the state/city pillows!

  47. avatar Brittany Koelmel reply

    I would use it to get bridesmaids gifts for my lovely bridesmaids!:)

  48. avatar Rachael O’Quinn reply

    Love weddings!

  49. avatar DJohnson reply

    I love the ISABELLA SMALL ROUND PITCHER BY JULISKA.

  50. avatar Stewart reply

    I would certainly want a Mariposa serving tray!

  51. avatar Elyse G. reply

    I love the DC Cat Studios pillow. *fingers crossed*

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