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Every year, my family spends new years on Dauphin Island. Since there’s a fireworks ban, we bang pots and pans at midnight, and everyone must eat at least a spoonful of black-eyed peas and collard greens. On New Year’s Day, we have a big ol’ park football game (and not tag football, either – it’s violent!). I love these traditions, which is why I was so sad that BDK and I weren’t able to make it to the Island this year. We stayed home and drank champagne in our pajamas, but we STILL each ate a spoonful of black-eyed peas and collard greens.

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Eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day (or shortly after midnight on New Year’s Eve) is thought to bring prosperity and good luck to those who partake. The practice of eating black-eyed peas for luck is generally believed to date back to the Civil War. Today, the tradition of eating black-eyed peas for the New Year has evolved into a number of variations, including serving them with greens (for good luck with money) or with cornbread (no word on what that’s supposed to do for you).

For the best chance of luck every day in the year ahead, one must eat at least 365 black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day. That’s a lot of peas! Some Southerners add a shiny penny or dime to the pot just before serving, and the person whose bowl contains the coin receives the best luck for the New Year. Reminds me of my husbands crazy meemaw, who used to put a horseshoe in the dog’s water for extra iron!

We love that some Southern brides have chosen to incorporate black-eyed peas into their wedding days, whether using them as a mason jar or vase filler, or tossing them for good luck instead of confetti or petals!

Credits from top to bottom and left to right: Melissa Schollaert via this awesome V4 wedding, next two images Millie Holloman via SMP, Morgan Trinker, and Studio 56 Photography

Does your family have any crazy New Year’s traditions? How many of y’all eat black-eyed peas and/or collard greens at the New Year? Will you or have you incorporated black-eyed peas into your wedding decor?

Hungry for more? Dig into our other Southern Delicacies:
Grits
King Cake
Benne Wafers

marissa Written with love by Marissa
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  1. avatar Heather reply

    My family and I have always had “health, wealth, and happiness” on New Year’s Day for dinner – black eyed peas for health (or if we really want to get Southern, we have pinkeye purple hull peas), collard greens for wealth, and ham for happiness for the upcoming year!

  2. avatar Laura reply

    Yes! My family always has black-eyed peas and collards for New Years. You have to, it’s tradition. Have you ever tried the black-eyed pea dip? I’ve heard some people call in “Carolina Caviar,” it’s delicious!

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  4. avatar Vanessa reply

    I love this idea! I’ve seen other beans used and spray painted before but I love the natural look of these!

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Credits:

Lighting: Innovative Event Solutions // Catering: Abbey Rd. Catering // Paper: Paper and Thread and Love Byrd // Furniture: Mood Party Rentals // Trunk, pillows chargers: Pottery Barn // Flowers: The Flower Girls // Rentals: Mariannes Rentals // Cake Stand and Cake: Amy Cakes // Plates and Glasses: BC Clark // Milkglass Containers: Rebecca’s Silver Rose // Details and Decor: Thumbprint tree, large doily ball, banner, peaches, mason jars provided by Embellished Weddings, hanging doily balls from My Haley Girl // Barn: 4T Farms // Bride’s Dress, Veil, and Hairpiece: Bella Rose // Bridesmaids Dress and Jewelry: J. Crew // Hair: Jamy Green
Makeup: Jennifer McLaughlin // Groom’s Suit: Tuxedo Junction // Bow Tie: Forage // Clutch: ila handbags

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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    I love this wedding! It is sooo gorgeous and the lighting is incredible!! Definitely need to steal a few ideas from this for my own big day! :)

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    this photo shoot is just darling! i really love the 2 unique chairs flanking the head of the dinner table and that beautiful cake! very nicely done, everyone!

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    Thanks for sharing this shoot! It was truly a labor of love! Now I hope I can photograph a wedding just like it!

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    Love this shoot! There are so many totally steal worthy ideas – like that chuppah?! Dying. Congrats Amy!

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    Everything is beautiful, but that cake?! It’s gorgeous! Love the elegant use of texture!

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Southern Recipe Call

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From my Mom’s made-from-scratch pound cake to my father in law’s you-won’t-believe-how-good deep fried cajun turkey, yummy Southern recipes run in my family. I may be culinarily-challenged myself (I’ve burned Pop and Serve rolls! True story, y’all!), but let me tell you that I know some incredible Southern cooks! And you know what comes with fabulous Southern cooks? Even more fabulous Southern recipes! I know you’ve got ’em, too, those flour-covered recipes cards that have been passed down for generations. Well, it’s time to do what your Momma taught you to do as a tiny child – share! We’re putting together the ultimate list of treasured Southern recipes for a future feature and some really fun downloadable recipe cards, and we want the details on your family’s most delicious eats!

We want your MeeMaw’s famous apple uglies and your Great Aunt’s collard greens! That’s right, it’s time to give up the goods, y’all! We’re sending out a Southern Recipe Call for all your favorite beneath-the-Mason-Dixon delectables. Have a favorite recipe? Send it my way.

Don’t forget to include the following items in your submission:

– The recipe text (of course!)
– A quick history or story behind the recipe from you or the original cook.
– What you love about it, when you most love to eat it, etc.
– Best served with (help a girl out: what other Southern dish or favorite Southern beverage pairs perfectly with your dish?)
– A photo of whoever created it or a photo of the dish itself. (Have a picture of you and your Papaw making his famous blackened craw-daddies? Send it along with the recipe – I’d simply adore it!)

Need a little inspiration? Well, since my Mama taught me right, I’m going to share this yummy recipe for Smells Like Home’s red velvet brownies with white chocolate buttercream frosting! Divine, right?!

I cannot wait to see (and try) all the wonderful recipes I know y’all have!

marissa Written with love by Marissa
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