Friday Favorites

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ONE// Hester and Cook Bat Placemats. Paper placemats that are great for decor, tables capes, bar signs, and more.

TWO// Juliska Graham Bar Set. A splurge worthy bar tool set.

THREE// Jackson Morgan Fall Chai Cocktail. Does this tasty fall cocktail recipe look delicious?

FOUR// For Pete’s Sake Pottery. Pretty hand painted pumpkins and door hangers for fall gatherings or hostess gifts.

FIVE// Franklin Wine Festival. Come join us for next Friday in Franklin, TN for a great event.

Boozy Caramel Popcorn Recipe

Caramel Popcorn Recipe
by Phillip of Southern Fatty

Phillip over at SouthernFatty.com wears the crown for creating this classic caramel popcorn with a whiskey cream twist. His recipe for sweet whiskey cream infused homemade caramel covering buttery popcorn, though it sounds fancy, is so simple it can be whipped up during the previews on movie night! After careful experimentation, he does recommend making back-to-back batches because the initial batch will disappear by the fistful! 

Ingredients:

1 recipe of popcorn, buttered or plain (microwave bag works fine!), popped and cooled
1 ¼ cups sugar
⅓ cup corn syrup 

¼ cup brown sugar

¼ teaspoon salt

¼ cup Jackson Morgan Southern in Bread Pudding

3 tablespoons butter

1 teaspoon baking soda 

Directions:

  1. Prepare a baking sheet by lightly spraying with non-stick spray or by using a silicone baking mat.

  2. Spread popcorn on a baking sheet.

  3. In a large saucepan, combine sugars, syrup, salt.

  4. Cook over medium heat until it reaches 300 F, using a candy thermometer.

  5. Once it reaches temperature, remove from heat and add in butter and cream. Stir well.

  6. Add baking soda and stir.

  7. Pour directly on popcorn, mix carefully with greased spatulas.

  8. Let cool completely and enjoy!

  9. Find more on SouthernFATTY.com.

If all this salty-sweet talk has your mouth watering, fear not...
Stick around! An assortment of devilishly delicious drinks awaits just around the corner. 


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Halloween Movie Popcorn Bar

Whether you are hosting an outdoor movie marathon with friends or cuddling with the fam on the couch to catch your favorite fall flick, we all know a snack station is an absolute must. Can’t decide what to serve? I think critics would agree, you can’t go wrong with a movie theater tradition like popcorn!

At our popcorn bar, we offer movie-goers two flavors: buttered and caramel (boozy). This self-service style station features the popcorn nestled into handy harvest baskets with flavor choices clearly labeled for a simple scoop-and-go set up. Keep the tradition going with theater-inspired single-serve striped popcorn bags or buckets. Snackers can also feel free to scoop up some toppings from our tray, like mini peanut butter cups, candy pumpkins, candy corn, or chocolate candies and sprinkle them onto their popcorn as a sweet garnish. Depending on your friends and family, they might consider it a feature film fail to forget the movie candies, so know your audience and plan accordingly. 

Now Showing! Let viewers know what will be projected on the big screen by announcing the movie of the evening on a letterboard. If the film choice is a surprise, or if guests cast votes on which flick to watch, hosts could perform a reveal of the picture title on the letterboard for added Hollywood-style dramatic emphasis. Our letterboard is traditional in black and white pairs perfectly with our color scheme for this particular party. We opted for striped popcorn containers, serving baskets, signs, labels, serve wear, and gingham table throw also in black and white. Glints and gleams of color pop in with tinted glass and plump pumpkins throughout, not to mention our colorful assortment of candies on the snack bar.

Just like at the theater, you hope interruptions and distractions during the show are minimal. Think ahead and prevent friends from calling out to you from the snack bar as they try to remember where the boozy caramel popcorn is by creating signs or tags for items and flavors. Worried no one could decipher your chicken scratch writing? Whenever a need for signage pops up, we opt to feature hand-lettered signs by Ruthie and Oliver Letterpress. The wording is always clearly legible and the font is spirited, and Erica (owner) is a wiz at brush lettering.

On the same token, when the setting is dark, it is beneficial to offer a little lighting at your popcorn bar to prevent any crashes or snack-cidents. We use and abuse our battery-operated candles at events like this, they are so versatile and offer just enough light to be helpful and functional, yet not demanding or distracting. To add a decorative element, place the candles inside clear or tinted glass jars or festive shapes like pumpkins or witch’s cauldrons.

Sometimes it’s the tiny touches that make moments memorable. For our family, a few of us really feel like the striped popcorn containers truly set the tone. Others adored the subtle witch hat printed napkins we picked up from Lettermade. (Tip: Without a date or specific event title and sticking with a simple emblem, we can utilize these bewitching bev naps at other spooky shindigs.)

Anxious to sink your fangs into our boozy version of caramel popcorn? It’s a cliffhanger! Stay tuned… the recipe is coming up next!

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Friday Favorites

Image via Everyday Party Magazine

Image via Everyday Party Magazine

ONE// Everyday Party Magazine’s You’ve Been Boozed. How fun is this idea? Printables are available on her site.

TWO// Pizzazzerie’s Pumpkin Banana Bread. This recipe could be spiked with Jackson Morgan Southern Cream in banana pudding.

THREE// Busy Bee Gift’s Halloween Cups. A festive cup to sip on Halloween cocktails.

FOUR// Love and Olive Oil’s Boozy Salted Caramel French Toast. An old Jackson Morgan recipe that is great for the weekend.

FIVE// Stir and Strain’s Salted Caramel Peanut Infused Whiskey Cocktail. Jackson Morgan salted caramel fall cocktail recipe.

Tips for Setting Up An Outdoor Movie Theater

Did you catch our Halloween outdoor movie theater post earlier this week? We wanted to dive into more of the technical details for recreating this at home. We learned a few tips and tricks along the way.

Screen Set Up

The set up for the outdoor theater is quite simple. All you need is an outdoor movie screen, projector, computer, HDMI cord, and an extension cord depending on your location. Set up the screen (the one we used is linked below) and tethered it to something substantial just in case there is wind. You can use sandbags or large containers filled with water to keep the screen in place. We discretely hid this behind the brick pillars for our movie night. You can also use a sheet or the side of a house or barn instead of a screen.

Technology

Place a projector a few feet away, and you may have to adjust the distance if the movie does not fill the screen. Make sure your projector is placed high enough, we stacked hay bales and set it on top. Using an HDMI cord connect your computer to the projector and mirror your computer screen with the movie playing. You can add wireless speakers if you want louder sound. We used a bluetooth speaker to stream the sound from the movie, but the computer would be loud enough for a small group of guests.

Hopefully with these tips, you will not have any issues setting up your own outdoor movie theater. Kick back, have a bowl of popcorn, and enjoy a cocktail with the movie.

Please sip responsibly. You can shop this post below. All images Melissa Haithcock for Jackson Morgan Southern Cream.

Franklin Wine Festival Discount Code

We are thrilled to share a special discount for our readers. The Franklin Wine Fest team has generously offered a discount code, 25% off using JMC19 (all caps) any ticket. Grab your tickets here.

Hope you can join us at this fun event where you can try Jackson Morgan in the VIP tent.

Cheers!

Halloween Outdoor Movie Theater

In place of a traditional Halloween gathering, I opted for a casual outdoor movie party at our family's farm showing a black and white movie. Hay bales topped with Jackson Morgan Southern Cream throw blankets, leftover fabric, and outdoor pillows were the ideal seating arrangements for movie viewing.

Food Stations

For this party, I had a bar cart as a drink station with premade Jackson Morgan cocktails on ice ready to go for when guests arrived. The whipped orange cream, salted caramel, and brown sugar and cinnamon are my top fall flavors. I also created a popcorn bar with boozy salted caramel popcorn and buttered popcorn. Candy corn, candy pumpkins, mini peanut butter cups, chocolate candies, and more were served as popcorn toppings for movie enjoying.

Movie Suggestions

We are not big scary movie fans in our family, so I opted for a black and white version of Frankenstein. A few other contenders were Hocus Pocus, The Addams Family, Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone, Charlie Brown and The Great Pumpkin, Practical Magic, and Ghostbusters.

Decor

I kept to a traditional black and white color scheme. To make the movie screen more spooky, we added giant spiders to the screen and a fog machine. I placed a few skeletons around to “enjoy” the movie as well. As with any entertaining during the fall season, I added a few pumpkins around the space. In large lanterns, I placed battery candles to help with lighting along with string lighting.

Stay tuned for more posts about this Halloween movie party.

Please sip responsibly. You can shop this post below. All images Melissa Haithcock for Jackson Morgan Southern Cream.

Friday Favorites

image via Catherine Truman for Jackson Morgan Southern Cream

image via Catherine Truman for Jackson Morgan Southern Cream

ONE// The Sip’s Halloween Gift Basket. A spooky hostess gift or basket to “ghost” or “boo” your neighbors.

TWO// Acrylic Sticks. Festive drink stirrers for every holiday and occasion.

THREE// Etsy’s Halloween Backdrop. This balloon garland would be the perfect Halloween bar backdrop.

FOUR// The BakerMama’s Pumpkin Snack Board. How fun is this snack board for Halloween?

FIVE// The Feed Feed’s Jackson Morgan Pumpkin Milkshake. A tasty fall cocktail for the weekend.

Favorite Halloween Hosting Staples

Image via Christy Wilson Photography for Jackson Morgan Southern Cream

Image via Christy Wilson Photography for Jackson Morgan Southern Cream

ONE// Mark and Graham’s Celebration Bowl. Add dry ice for a spooky way to keep drinks cold.

TWO// Skeleton Prop. This skeleton can be posed, such a fun prop for Halloween parties and decor.

THREE// When It Rains Paper’s Cheers Witches Cups. The perfect cups to sip on Halloween cocktails.

FOUR// Elizabeth Rose Design’s Spider Web Tags. Gift tags for party favors, hostess gifts, or boozy baked goods.

FIVE// Nora Fleming Pumpkin Mini. A carved pumpkin mini to use with any of Nora Fleming’s serving pieces.

SIX// Grandin Road’s Halloween Plates. Festive plates for Halloween parties.

SEVEN// Skull Ice Cube Tray. Make spooky ice cubes for cocktails.

Fall Recipe Round Up

ONE// PMQ for Two’s Pumpkin Spice Pudding Shots. Pumpkin Spice pudding shots made with Jackson Morgan Southern Cream in southern bread pudding.

TWO// Southern Fatty’s Whiskey Caramel Popcorn. Boozy popcorn made with Jackson Morgan Southern Cream in bread pudding.

THREE// Everyday Party Magazine’s Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Donuts. Jackson Morgan in brown sugar and cinnamon spiked donuts.

FOUR// Foxes Love Lemon’s Brown Sugar and Cinnamon White Russians. Fall cocktail made with Jackson Morgan in brown sugar and cinnamon.

FIVE// Southern Fatty’s Whiskey Cream Eclairs. Decadent dessert made with Jackson Morgan in brown sugar and cinnamon

SIX// The Shared Sip’s Cozy Cocktails. Two tasty Jackson Morgan cocktail recipes.

SEVEN// Cedar and Rush’s Easy Fall Cocktails. Fall Jackson Morgan cocktails for by the fire.

EIGHT// Certified Celebrator’s Candy Corn Cocktail. Halloween cocktail made with Jackson Morgan in whipped orange cream.

Friday Favorites

Image via Certified Celebrator

Image via Certified Celebrator

ONE// Certified Celebrator’s Transition Table. The cutest fall tablescape that includes Jackson Morgan Southern Cream.

TWO// Jackson Morgan Apple Cider Floats. A festive cocktail recipe from The Sip last year.

THREE// William Sonoma Pumpkin Punch Bowl. This punch bowl would be great for Halloween and Thanksgiving parties.

FOUR// Sugar and Cloth’s Pumpkin Decal. An easy DIY for Halloween cups.

FIVE// Jackson Morgan Fleece Pullover. The coziest pullover for chilly fall nights.

Outfits for Tailgating

Does the team attire in your closet seem a little dated? It might be time to retire that ratty t-shirt and toss the stained sweatshirt. If you’re in the market for merchandise, check out these retailers to pick up some new gear for game day. 

  • Draper James Spirit Collection features inspired articles in team colors and spirited sayings like “Tailgates & Touchdowns” and “Go Ya’ll”.

  • Project 615 is a perfect pick for fans of the Volunteer State looking for tees, sweatshirts, and other threads for Tennessee natives. 

  • Gameday Couture offers a variety of everyday pieces like tops and bottoms, but also team accessories like jewelry, sunglasses, belts, and bags.

  • Crown and Ivy for Belk is a brand with the set-up to score great game day looks with go-to items like dresses, polos, tunics, and even quilted vests to cut the breeze coming off the field. 

  • Jackson Morgan Logo Tailgate Bag is ideal for hauling your gear to the game. Not sure if you grabbed everything? Take a quick convenient glance through the clear construction.

  • Jackson Morgan Checked Throw fights the chill on the field and keeps you cozy as a quarterback on the bottom of a victory pile-up after throwing the winning touchdown pass.

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Upcoming Fall Events

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We have several upcoming events throughout the middle Tennessee area. Come stop by, say hello to our team, and try a sip of Jackson Morgan Southern Cream.

ONE// September 27th Bootleggers Bash in Franklin, TN. This is an exciting event at the Carnton Plantation, we are thrilled to be included.

TWO// October 25th Franklin Wine Festival. Grab your tickets now for this festival. Jackson Morgan will be in the VIP tent.

THREE// Nashville Predator Hockey Games. Throughout hockey season we will be popping up in the Lexus Lounge and Suite area for a tasting during select games.

FOUR// December 13th Luke Combs Concert at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN. Grab your tickets and come see us in the Lexus Lounge and Suite area during this concert.

Whipped Orange Float

When the game (or the weather) starts heating up, tailgaters tend to reach for something that offers a little extra chill factor. My family appreciates that this Orange Creamsicle Float only includes three ingredients and requires no fancy blender or mixer, just your favorite team tumbler. Truly a float for football fans, this chilled concoction comes together so quickly, cocktail connoisseurs will be back on the sideline before the end of the timeout.


Orange Creamsicle Float Recipe

Ingredients:

4 scoops of vanilla ice cream

1 ½ ounce Jackson Morgan Southern Cream in Whipped Orange

Orange cream soda

Directions:

Pour above ingredients into a cup in the order listed, best enjoyed immediately. Tip: to keep ice cream cold in a cooler, try using dry ice.

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Friday Favorites

Image via Amy’s Party Ideas

Image via Amy’s Party Ideas

ONE// Amy’s Party Ideas Biscuits & Booze Tailgate. Cannot wait to sip on a Jackson Morgan salted caramel iced coffee this weekend, check out this tailgate for game day inspiration.

TWO// PMQ for Two’s Pumpkin Spice Pudding. Jackson Morgan spiked pudding with pumpkin spice flavors, the perfect (almost) fall treat.

THREE// Let’s Day Drink Dispenser Set. Adding this fun drink dispenser to our cart.

FOUR// Southern Fatty’s Whiskey Cream Caramel Popcorn. Making a batch of this Jackson Morgan spiked popcorn for tailgating this weekend.

FIVE// Pizzazzerie’s Blush and Orange Fall Tablescape. A pretty fall tablescape in a unique color scheme.

Easy Tailgating Entertaining Pieces

If your family is like ours, you may not be keen on busting out the fine China for a football party. However, you know you need sturdy serve wear for such an occasion. For our tasty tailgating menu items, we trust a variety of melamine pieces from the Nora Fleming collection. This option is perfect for outdoor dining and casual entertaining while holding true to the quality and design the brand upholds. As a game day bonus, the mini beer and red party cup attachments are a nice finishing touch.

When space is limited, we rely on our special teams serving pieces to take the field and handle the situation. The captain of that squad is our tried-and-true tiered tray. Sturdy and strong, stock each shelf with mouth-watering appetizers, and then stack up the shelves to save space on the serving table. When the final buzzer blows, the tiered tray breaks down for easy traveling, and cleaning it is a cinch.

Our tailgate parties would not be the same without our versatile orange cooler. The fact that it rolls not only makes it easy to move around during the party if needed, but partygoers also will not have to risk being put on the injured list attempting to lift and haul the cooler around. It maintains temperature well and keeps drinks cold, while also offering a handy area to keep cups, straws, and other party accessories. Like any well-rounded player, our orange cooler is adaptable and brings a broad skillset to the playing field!

Please sip responsibly. You can shop this post below. All images Melissa Haithcock for Jackson Morgan Southern Cream. Special thanks to Flying Ham Rentals, The Flower Walls, Party Hat Paper Company, and Nora Fleming for partnering with us on this party.

Now Available in North Carolina!

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We could not be more thrilled to announce we are now available in North Carolina, cheers!

Flying Ham Campers

Our rad retro-themed tailgate party with vintage vibes and decor is totally the bee’s knees! Friends and family always crush on the camper and claim that it is what truly sets the scene for our shindig. If you are hot to trot to feature one at your next event, we want to emphasize all the credit for the camper to the Flying Ham of Nashville, Tennessee. This camper is the perfect place to sip on Jackson Morgan Southern Cream cocktails.

The rental process could not be simpler. The Flying Ham offers two sizes of campers at two set prices. Both options will include all the bells and whistles, such as a TV with Blu-ray player, coffeemaker and mugs, even a record player to resound the retro feel, all with no hidden additional fees. Morgan and Ashley, the husband and wife team behind the company, have included a long list of amenities and helpful photos of even the inside of the campers on their website. The best part? Whether you are tailgating, glamping, or just hosting a good ole fashioned party - simply name your spot, and they will deliver the camper to your desired location.

Tubular Tidbit - The Flying Ham offers handmade gift certificates, custom created to fit your specific event (birthday, glamping, just because, etc). The holidays are just around the corner, check out theflyingham.com or shoot them an email at flyinghamrentals@gmail.com for more info.

Please sip responsibly. You can shop this post below. All images Melissa Haithcock for Jackson Morgan Southern Cream. Special thanks to Flying Ham Rentals for partnering with us on this party.

Friday Favorites

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ONE// Franklin Wine Festival. We will be sampling Jackson Morgan at this festival. Stay tuned for a ticket giveaway.

TWO// Cedar and Rush’s Fall Cocktails. Easy Jackson Morgan Southern Cream cocktails.

THREE// PMQ for Two’s 5 Colorful Pumpkin Painting Ideas. It is almost pumpkin season!

FOUR// Jackson Morgan’s Pinterest Page. Do you follow us on Pinterest?

FIVE// Pineapple Paper Co’s It’s Game Day Y’all File. This would be fun on a coffee mug for a boozy game day treat.

Boozy Orange Cupcakes

Even if you are not cheering for the Volunteers, these boozy orange cupcakes will more than satisfy the sweet tooth at your tailgate! Boasting a winning record, these treats do not disappoint. The recipe comes together so simply, no scouting or reviewing film required! In fact, more than likely you already have all the necessary ingredients on hand. Check out this power play of a recipe.

Boozy Orange Cupcakes Recipe

Ingredients:

1 Store-bought box of vanilla cake mix
1 Container of Favorite Vanilla Icing or homemade icing

1/2 Cup Jackson Morgan Southern Cream in Orange

1/2 Cup Water

Orange sprinkles (optional)

Directions:

Gather all of your ingredients per the recipe on the box. Make the cake mix according to the instructions on the box, but substitute 1/2 cup of Jackson Morgan Southern Cream in whipped orange cream and 1/2 cup water for 1 cup of water. (Base amount of JM/water on amount of water your box recipe calls for.) You can add more Jackson Morgan instead of milk if you prefer it to be boozier. Pour mix into a lined cupcake pan and bake according to instructions on the cake mix box. Once cupcakes have cooled, top with vanilla icing and orange sprinkles. Serve immediately or keep in the fridge until football fans arrive.

Please sip responsibly. You can shop this post below. All images Melissa Haithcock for Jackson Morgan Southern Cream. Special thanks to Flying Ham Rentals, The Flower Walls, Party Hat Paper Company, and Nora Fleming for partnering with us on this party.