The thought of throwing a lavish party gives me hives, frankly.
But here I am, ensconced in a genteel old Southern home on a rainy day, surveying a lovely spread of party nibbles, listening to the most gracious hostess in all of Natchez, Miss., explain how to entertain, Southern style.
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The Natchez Visitor Center, 640 S. Canal Street, features historical exhibits and a 20-minute documentary about the city; www.visitnatchez.org, 800-647-6724. Rooms at Twin Oaks, 71 Homochitto St., rent for about $120 a night and include breakfast at the Castle at Dunleith across the street; www.twinoaksnatchez.com, 601-445-0338. Stanton Hall, 401 High St., offers daily tours; www.stantonhall.com, 601-442-6282.