Friday Favorites

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ONE// Natalie Chang’s Red Heart Paper Coffee Cups. Adore these heart coffee cups, I used them in our Valentine’s Day gift idea.

TWO// Delish’s 100+ Brunch Menu Recipes. So many great ideas for hosting brunch.

THREE// PMQ for Two’s Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Hot Toddy. Looking for a Jackson Morgan cocktail to keep you warm this weekend?

FOUR// Draper Jame’s Thank You Cards. We love a good thank you note.

FIVE// Better Home’s Garden Balloon Garland Tutorial. Balloon garlands add a festive touch to any party, but can be expensive, this DIY is very helpful in making your own.

Valentine's Day Gift Idea

Happy Valentine’s Day! After becoming a member of Certified Celebrator’s Sprinkle Sister program, I have been thinking about ways to intentionally love on other people. Valentine’s Day is a great excuse to put together gifts for your loved ones. This gift basket could be dropped off at friend, coworker, neighbor, or family member’s house to spread love on Valentine’s Day. I went with a spiked hot chocolate themed gift basket, but you can make this your own with other themes.

Valentine’s Day Gift

Supplies:

Jackson Morgan Southern Cream in peppermint mocha

Gift Basket

Paper Shreds

Paper Coffee Cups

Red Jackson Morgan Southern Cream Stone Coffee Mug, Available here

Peppermint Sticks

Marshmallows

Treat Bags

Hot Chocolate Packets

Festive Cocktail Napkins

Gift Tag

Ribbon


Directions:

Gather your supplies and place paper shreds in the bottom of the basket or bin. I love these pre assembled gift baskets linked below to keep things simple. Add in your items, I tied a Dixie Design’s gift tag to the Jackson Morgan bottle with pom-pom ribbon I found at a local craft store.

I used treat bags for marshmallows and tied with a pretty ribbon. The paper coffee mugs from Natalie Chang were adorable in the basket. I also loved the Breathless Paper “Totally Unnecessary Cocktail” napkins. After you place everything in the basket, drop off on someone’s doorstep for a fun surprise.

If you are looking to gift something on a smaller scale, the paper coffee mugs filled with paper shreds and a mini Jackson Morgan bottle also makes a thoughtful gift.

Cheers! 

All images Christy Wilson Photography, you can shop this post below.

Valentine's Day Boozy Heart French Toast

Did you catch all of our Valentine’s Day soirée posts? No brunch is complete without trench toast, especially if made boozy with Jackson Morgan Southern Cream. I followed our Salted Caramel French toast recipe, the step by step video can be found here, but made a few tweaks to make it more festive for Valentine’s Day.

Salted Caramel French Toast

Ingredients:

Loaf of Brioche Bread 

3 Eggs 

1 Tablespoon Sugar 

3/4 Cup Heavy Cream

1/4 Jackson Morgan Salted Caramel 

1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract 

Pinch of Salt 

4 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter 

Caramel Sauce (for garnish) 

Maple Syrup (for garnish) 

Strawberries cut into Hearts (for garnish)


Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a shallow dish. whisk eggs, sugar, heavy cream, Jackson Morgan salted caramel, vanilla extract, and salt, set aside. Cut brioche bread into half inch slices then use a heart cookie cutter to cut out hearts from each brioche bread slice.

2. In a skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of butter on medium high heat until bubbly. Dip bread in the egg mixture, then add to the skillet until golden on each side. Continue until all pieces of bread have been cooked, you may need to add the remaining butter to keep the bread from sticking to the pan. 

3. Add bread to a oven safe pan. Bake for 5 minutes. 

4. To serve, drizzle with caramel sauce, maple syrup, and top with strawberries cut into hearts.

Cheers! 

Friday Favorites

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ONE// Lettermade’s Parker Stripe Napkins. How pretty are these monogram cocktail napkins for Valentine’s Day?

TWO// William-Sonoma’s Valentine’s Day Shop. Pair one of these sweets with a bottle of Jackson Morgan for a festive Valentine’s Day gift.

THREE// Nora Fleming’s Love Sign. An adorable addition to a Valentine’s Day bar cart.

FOUR// Love from the Oven’s Valentine’s Day Freakshake. Just add Jackson Morgan for an adult twist on this milkshake.

FIVE// Celebration Stylist’s Valentine’s Day Party Featured on Lauren Conrad. We spy Jackson Morgan minis in this stunning Valentine’s Day party.

Drunken Donuts

You have have noticed a new collaboration around our social media pages. Jackson Morgan is thrilled to be included on Drunken Donuts Nashville’s menu. Drunken Donuts combines two of our favorite things, donuts and booze. These tasty boozy donuts are available in seasonal flavors that change regularly. You can only get these in the Nashville area for now.

I included the Jackson Morgan Southern Cream peppermint mocha and salted caramel chocolate pretzel donuts in our Valentine’s Day brunch. You could easily gift these donuts with a clear treat bag, fun ribbon, and a cute gift tag. It would be such a great Valentine’s Day gift for girlfriends or coworkers. I always love to top a paper straw with one of these donuts as a drink garnish for iced coffee cocktails too. The options are endless.

To learn more about Drunken Donuts, check out their website here. Next time you are in the Nashville area, grab a box!

All images Christy Wilson Photography.

Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Milk Punch

With winter in full force, a brown sugar and cinnamon cocktail is in order. This creamy cocktail reminds me of leftover cereal milk and is delicious to serve for Valentine’s Day parties. You could even include a festive garnish for the occasion.

Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Milk Punch

Ingredients:

4 oz Milk

2 oz Jackson Morgan Southern Cream in Brown Sugar and Cinnamon

1 oz Dark Rum

Sprinkle of Cinnamon, garnish

Directions:

In a cocktail shaker, add milk, Jackson Morgan Southern Cream in brown sugar and cinnamon, and dark rum. Shake well until combined. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Cheers!

All Photos Christy Wilson Photography

Friday Favorites

Image via Christy Wilson for Jackson Morgan Southern Cream

Image via Christy Wilson for Jackson Morgan Southern Cream

ONE// Dixie Design Crest Valentine’s Day Invitation. Loving this invite we used in our Valentine’s Day Soiree.

TWO// Beaded Red Heart Earrings. A fun accessory to dress up any outfit for Valentine’s Day.

THREE// Strawberry Pie Pockets. Festive hand pies for a Valentine’s Day brunch.

FOUR// Camilyn Beth’s Valentine’s Day Shop. Perfect dresses for Valentine’s Day.

FIVE// Studio DIY’s 25+ Free Printable Valentines. One of these cards paired with a bottle of Jackson Morgan would be a great gift.

Valentine's Day Bar Cart

Did you catch our Valentine’s Day soirée earlier this week? I am sharing our bar cart today from the party. I prefer to have a designated cocktail spot for guests to mix up drinks so they feel comfortable to serve themselves when their drink needs refreshing. I also use my bar cart to store liquor in my dining room and change out the decor seasonally.

For this party, I served Jackson Morgan Southern Cream in salted caramel and peppermint mocha. I added a few of my favorite liquors on the bottom that I felt would mix well with these flavors including a vodka and whiskey. I keep sparkling water on hand too in case any guests need non alcoholic refreshments.

I used the crest from the Dixie Designs invitation to create an art piece that incorporated the invitation design on the bar cart. The heart coffee mugs were perfect for spiked coffee or hot chocolate. Lettermade linen napkins in blush and red stripe were great for sipping cocktails. Although I am not a fan of candy hearts, I love the way they look so I placed them in fancy footed dish for decor. It is no secret we love Pizzazzerie, her book was the perfect bar book. I also think it would make a cute Valentine’s Day gift especially paired with a bottle of Jackson Morgan.

On the bottom, I had a mirrored tray with liquor, simple syrup, candle, mini. boxwood, and a cocktail shaker, I used the remaining ranunculus flowers from the table centerpiece and created this arrangement with pieces of boxwood. Stay tuned for cocktail recipes from our brunch.

All images Christy Wilson Photography. You can shop this post below. Special thanks to Juliska and Mostess Box for partnering with us on this party.

Valentine's Day Soirée

Whether you love Valentine’s Day or hate it, it is always fun to have loved ones over for brunch. For Valentine’s Day this year, I opted for a festive brunch. You can celebrate Galentine’s Day with your girlfriends or scale this back for a brunch party for two on Valentine’s Day weekend. Valentine’s Day is the last holiday for our peppermint mocha cream until the holidays roll back around and a brunch felt like a proper send off for one of our most beloved flavors.

Color Scheme

I wanted a softer feel than traditional red and white colors for this brunch party. I opted for blush and white with pops of red. The boxwood wreaths added a fresh pop of green to the soirée and were a Target find. The invitation from Dixie Designs inspired the tablescape. I love using real invitations, it adds a nice touch to a party. I used the gift tags from the paper suite for Jackson Morgan mini bottles for the party favors.

Table

Since the India Armory tablecloth was a print, I kept the centerpiece simple with mini mason jars filled with stunning ranunculus flowers in blush pink. I tied mini boxwood wreaths to the chairs with blush velvet ribbon to match the larger wreath over the bar cart. The heart appetizer plates from Juliska were one of my favorite details. I used mini cake stands to display individual cakes next to each place setting.

Menu

I kept with a traditional bunch menu. Apple hand pies with pink icing (an adult pop tart), spinach quiche, fried chicken and waffles, fresh fruit, spiked Jackson Morgan salted caramel pancakes (recipe coming soon), heart sugar cookies, mini pink layer cakes, biscotti, assorted croissants, Jackson Morgan spiked Drunken Donuts, cinnamon rolls (topped with red and pink sprinkles), and biscuits with maple pecan butter.

All images Christy Wilson Photography, you can shop this post below. Special thanks to Juliska, Nora Fleming, and Drunken Donuts for partnering with us on this party.

Friday Favorites

Image via PMQ for Two

Image via PMQ for Two

ONE// PMQ for Two’s Salted Caramel Cinnamon Coffee. The perfect Jackson Morgan cocktail to serve for brunch this weekend.

TWO// The Feed Feed’s Valentine’s Day Cocktail. This strawberry and peppermint mocha cocktail made with Jackson Morgan looks delicious.

THREE// Pizzazzerie’s DIY Trimmed Cloth Napkins. This easy DIY will jazz up your next dinner party.

FOUR// Fashionable Hostess’s Valentine’s Day Flower Tutorial. How pretty would this flower arrangement be for a Valentine’s Day party?

FIVE// Kate Spade Heart Midi Dress. A festive dress to wear for Valentine’s Day.

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

For our winter dinner party, we served hot chocolate cocktails for guests to warm up. When there is chilly weather in the forecast, this Jackson Morgan salted caramel hot chocolate recipe is the perfect treat.

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

Ingredients:

6 oz Hot Chocolate

1 1/2 oz Jackson Morgan Southern Cream in Salted Caramel

Whipped Cream, garnish

Burnt Sugar Syrup, garnish

Directions:

Make a batch of your favorite hot chocolate. Stir in Jackson Morgan Salted Caramel. Top with whipped cream and drizzle burnt sugar syrup over the whipped cream (optional). The burnt sugar syrup was in the winter Mostess box. Enjoy!

Cheers!

All Photos Christy Wilson Photography

Peppermint Mocha Martini

For our winter dinner party, we served decedent peppermint mocha martinis. I pre rimmed the martini glasses so that serving cocktails would be easy once guests arrived. This cocktail also makes a delicious dessert.

Peppermint Mocha Martini

Ingredients:

1 1/2 oz Jackson Morgan Southern Cream in Peppermint Mocha

1/2 oz Whiskey

Chocolate Candy Melts, garnish

Crushed Peppermint Candies, garnish

Directions:

To garnish the glasses, place peppermint candies in a plastic bag and use a rolling pin to crush the candies. Once completely crushed, add to a bowl. Next, melt chocolate candy melts (or chocolate chips) in the microwave until smooth. Dip the glass in the melted chocolate, then in the crushed peppermint candies bowl. Press the candies into the melted chocolate. Place glasses in the refrigerator for an hour to allow the chocolate to set.

In a cocktail shaker with ice, combine Jackson Morgan peppermint mocha and whiskey. Shake well and strain in the rimmed martini glasses. Enjoy!

Cheers!

All Photos Christy Wilson Photography

Friday Favorites

Image via Celebration Stylist

Image via Celebration Stylist

ONE// Black Twine Galentine’s Day. We are thrilled Celebration Stylist’s Galentine’s Day party with Jackson Morgan Southern Cream is featured on Black Twine.

TWO// Draper James Red Sweater Dress. A pretty red dress for Valentine’s Day hosting.

THREE// Oh Happy Day’s Chocolate Assortments Balloon Backdrop. This DIY balloon wall would be amazing for a Valentine’s Day party.

FOUR// Juliska’s Heart Mugs. These mugs would be fun with spiked hot chocolate.

FIVE// I’m Bored, Let’s Go’s Candy Cane Jello Shots. This jello shot recipe made with our peppermint mocha cream would be a tasty spin on this recipe.

Winter Dinner Party Bar Cart

We have shared our Winter Dinner Party with Mostess box last week. Earlier this week, we shared details about the menu. Now it is time for the bar cart.

I always get questions about how to style a bar cart. My biggest tip is not to over think it. Hang a festive wreath, add a few books, your favorite liquors, and a few pretty glasses. You want the the bar cart to be functional as well as pretty.

For winter, I used a pinecone wreath to incorporate the pinecone theme from the table. I layered a few of my favorite winter cocktail books with bottles of Jackson Morgan. In the Mostess Box, I received this mini decanter, gold tray, and pinecone gift tags. On the bottom, I used my beloved Sasha Nicholas champagne bucket as a pot for this faux pine tree, you may remember these from my Christmas tablescape a few years ago.

Since it was a cozy night in, I wanted to serve a decedent martini. I rimmed these pretty Juliska martini glasses with chocolate and crushed peppermint before guests arrived to save time when preparing cocktails. The gold tray worked great for serving drinks for the table. Stay tuned for cocktail recipes coming next week.

Thank you to Mostess Box for partnering with us on this post. Christy Wilson Photography.

Winter Dinner Party Menu

Did you catch our Winter Dinner Party blog post last week? This week we are sharing details about the food. I prefer to serve heavy appetizers for a dinner party. It takes the pressure off having to create a full meal for guests and everyone still leaves with full stomachs. It also gives guests different entree options in case of food allergies.

I recently learned about The Orderves Company, which makes hosting so much simpler. They ship gourmet appetizers to you frozen. When you are ready to serve, just heat in your oven. Not only is everything delicious, the food looks pretty too. I like to keep a few in my freezer for when last minute company comes over. I add garnishes such as fresh herbs, nuts, crackers, drizzle of honey, etc and serve on my best china and no one knows the difference between frozen and homemade.

For our dinner party, we ordered the brie en boule, French dip sliders, bacon wrapped dates, mushroom soup, and mini ham and cheese sandwiches. It was the perfect menu for a cozy night in when the weather is chilly. The mini sandwiches were a huge hit since they are a fancy grilled cheese. We also loved the French dip sliders. If you wanted to add another entree a hearty soup or baked chicken dish would compliment these dishes. Stay tuned for more about our Winter Dinner Party.

Cheers!

Special thanks to The Orderves Company for partnering with us on this post. Christy Wilson Photography.

Friday Favorites

Image via Juliska

Image via Juliska

ONE// Juliska Berry and Thread Heart Plates. Grabbed these adorable plates for Valentine’s Day.

TWO// Swoozie’s Football Shop. Are you hosting a party for the Super Bowl?

THREE// Blahnik Baker’s Cozy Peppermint Mocha Cocktail. This Jackson Morgan cocktail is perfect for chilly nights.

FOUR// Macy’s Crystal Cordial Glasses. How adorable would these glasses be to serve Jackson Morgan in?

FIVE// Baking Up Yum’s Boozy Jackson Morgan Cupcakes. Diana made apple cinnamon cupcakes with our brown sugar and cinnamon cream.

Mostess Box

I have been crushing on Mostess Box lately, it is a curated subscription box that is sent seasonally. Each box contains home and hosting essentials. I am not much of a subscription box gal, but when entertaining items are included, count me in!

We were gifted the winter box and used the pieces for our winter dinner party that we posted about earlier this week. The gold metal straws, Frasier Fir candle, gold tray, mini decanter, pine cone gift tags, and burnt sugar simple syrup were included in the winter box. Along with the home goods, the box includes styling tips, recipes, and more. To say that I am obsessed would be an understatement, I have loved the high quality pieces in the winter box.

Stay tuned for cocktail recipes with the burnt sugar syrup and more posts from our winter dinner party!

Winter Dinner Party

Anyone else sad the holidays are over? To ease back into normal routines, I wanted to host a winter dinner party. Winter can be long without much to look forward to, why not have a few friends over for a fancy dinner party? Jackson Morgan paired with hot chocolate can help lift the winter blues.

Table Details

To bring in texture, I add a velvet runner down the middle of the table. I scored green taper candles that matched perfectly and once lit helped create a lovely ambience. I love to mix china patterns, I layered gold edged china with my beloved monogramed plates from Sasha Nicholas. Our friends at Mostess box sent over their winter box, which included these fun gold straws and Frasier Fir candle.

Color Scheme

After deciding to use pinecones, it only felt right to stick with an evergreen, brown, and touches of gold for a color scheme. The navy rug and chairs tied in nicely with theme. I mixed in wooden serving boards to bring in warm color tones. The touches of gold added a luxe feel to the party. It does not hurt either that our salted caramel cream bottles matched perfectly.

Centerpiece

I use apothecary jars year round and change out with different seasonal fillers. During the holidays, I had Christmas ornaments in these jars. For this dinner party, I opted for pinecones. I found pinecone branches that were meant to be stems for a vase, but placed around the jars to create a semi garland down the table.

Special thanks to Mostess box, Nora Fleming, Juliska, Society Social, and The Orderves Company for partnering with us on this dinner party. All images Christy Wilson Photography. You can shop this post below.

Friday Favorites

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ONE// Mostess Box. We are obsessed with Mostess box after receiving the winter box, it is a subscription service that includes seasonal home items perfect for hosting.

TWO// Sugar and Charm’s Waffle Bar. This is a great bar idea for brunch parties, add Jackson Morgan for spiked coffee.

THREE// Apartment Therapy’s 10 Beautifully Styled Bar Carts. So much inspiration for our next party from this article.

FOUR// Southern Living’s Tailgating Menus & Recipes. We are already making plans for a Super Bowl party.

FIVE// Martha Stewart’s Peppermint Hot Chocolate. Planning on spiking this hot chocolate recipe for a weekend cocktail.

Happy New Year

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Happy New Year from the Jackson Morgan Southern Cream team!

Cheers!