Charleston, South Carolina, is the ideal city for hosting an event, a vibrant coastal destination with rich African American history and an atmosphere of hospitality. It’s a beloved travel destination for family reunions, girlfriend getaways, festivals, and weddings, including my own. Even the pineapple, which Charleston is synonymous with, symbolizes Southern hospitality. The culture, history, and landscape create a charming backdrop for events.
As a Black Southern Belle, hosting and entertaining is a part of who I am and brings so much joy to my life. When it comes to hosting an event, one of the most vital aspects is providing your guests a welcoming environment, and the city of Charleston does just that. Outside of your event, there is plenty to entertain, from the Gibbes Museum of Art, Gullah tours, and Black churches to shopping, Black-owned restaurants, and art galleries, not to mention exciting activities on the water.
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Whether for friends or family, hosting a party means creating an environment that excites all the senses; sights, sounds, smells, touch, and tastes. You always want every guest to feel welcome, comfortable, and have fun. Planning is key. The most essential aspects of hosting any event are the venue, menu, guest list, decorations, and ambiance.
The Charleston Visitors Center is an excellent resource for Charleston’s unique selection of venues to host your special event. I chose The Camden Room at the Charleston Visitor Bureau, a historic and newly renovated c. 1840’s railroad building for hosting a Gullah Breakfast.
Just as important as the venue are those you choose to spend your time with. I brought together a lively group of Southern Belles, from tastemakers and entrepreneurs to creators for the affair. My event included acclaimed chef Rashaunda Grant of Carolina Cookery, who prepared a classic Gullah Breakfast which reminds me of my childhood in the Lowcountry. On the guest list was Melanie Bias of Southern Charm Staging; Kris Kaylin, on-air personality for @z93jamz; and Dr. Tamara Butler, Executive Director at Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture.
To learn more about hosting your next event -visit Explore Charleston. If you are planning or have hosted an event in Charleston, we’d love to see your event or hear about your favorite Charleston resources. Share on social media using the hashtag #blacksouthernbelle.
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