DIY Spring Centerpiece

Did you catch our Spring orange brunch on The Sip earlier this week? The centerpiece for this party is an easy DIY that adds a lot of personality to your table. All you need are a few supplies from your local craft store and oranges.

Supplies

Oranges with Leaves (smaller mandarin or clementine oranges work the best)

Extra Orange Leaves

Styrofoam Cone

Styrofoam Discs

Toothpicks

Straight Pins

Vase

Directions

Step 1// Gather your supplies. Start with your desired vase you want to use for your centerpiece. I found this blue and white vase at a local interior design shop. Purchase a styrofoam cone and discs that fit into the vase. I took my vase with me to the craft store to ensure a perfect fit.

Step 2// Place styrofoam discs inside the vase. Place toothpicks in the discs then top with the styrofoam cone and make sure it is sturdy since the oranges will add extra weight. You could also use hot glue to keep the discs and cone together.

Step 3// Beginning at the bottom of the cone use toothpicks at an angle to place oranges around the styrofoam cone. I staggered the oranges to try to cover the majority of the styrofoam. Poke one end of the toothpick into the styrofoam cone, then the other into the orange. Make sure the oranges all face the same direction and are similar sizes.

Step 4// Go back and ensure there are no large holes showing where you could add another orange and move oranges around until you have your desired look. Then using straight pins, pin the extra orange leaves in the empty places on the cone where the oranges do not cover the styrofoam.

Cheers!

Spring Brunch

I love Sunday brunches, there is something wonderful about having loved ones around the table after a relaxing Sunday morning or church service. Jackson Morgan Southern Cream’s whipped orange cream is my favorite flavor to serve when the temperatures start to warm up for Spring.

Color Scheme

With Spring around the corner, I love the classic combination of blue and white with pops of orange. It is a refreshing color scheme after what feels like an extended winter. I had a sweet neighbor growing up that started my chinoiserie collection with a ginger jar she used as a vase for flowers. Since then, I have grown my blue and white collection. I love anytime I get to incorporate my treasured pieces into a tablescape.

Menu

For the menu, I served southern staples. We had fried chicken, mixed green salad, garlic green beans, cheese tray, potato salad, deviled eggs, and rolls. For dessert, orange chocolate cookies and a boozy creamsicle cake (recipe coming to The Sip soon). I incorporated oranges whenever I could to keep with the citrus party theme. I included orange marmalade on the cheese tray, orange slices on the salad, and Jackson Morgan whipped orange cream in the boozy cake. You could easily pick up these food items from the grocery store and serve in your own dishes for easy entertaining.

Table

Why wait for a fancy occasion to use your nice entertaining pieces? I love to pull out my nice linens and plates for everyday occasions. I used South of Libbie navy monogrammed linen napkins and fancy blue patterned plates. A simple striped runner was used down the center of the table, I had a mix of serving dishes from Juliska, Nora Fleming, and William-Sonoma. The orange tree was such an easy centerpiece (the DIY coming soon to The Sip). For the place settings, I pinned watercolor place cards from Ruthie and Oliver Letterpress to mini oranges. I like to keep place cards with my family member’s names on hand for last minute entertaining. It is a nice touch that rarely goes unnoticed.

Special thanks to South of Libbie, Nora Fleming, Society Social, Juliska, and Ruthie and Oliver Letterpress for partnering with us on this party.

You can shop this post below. All images Christy Wilson Photography.

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.

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.

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.

Happy New Year

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Happy New Year from the Jackson Morgan Southern Cream team!

Cheers!

New Year's Eve Bar Cart

Happy New Year’s Eve!

We shared our New Year’s Eve party last week, today we are sharing details about our bar cart from the party. A bar cart makes it easy to have a cocktail station and leave more room on the table for food. I used my bar cart for dessert too. I served this fabulous cake by Copper Whisk Cakes, chocolate truffles, and gold leafed macaroons.

I incorporated the black and white theme from the party to the bar cart with the striped runner and streamers. Typesetter designed this adorable champagne print. Instead of paper napkins, I love to use linen cocktail napkins to help elevate a party such as my monogram ones from Lettermade. Behind the bar cart I used streamers and the balloon garland to create a photo booth backdrop when I rolled the bar cart out of the way.

Our salted caramel cream was the perfect drink to serve especially when garnished with chocolate truffles.

Photos Christy Wilson Photography, you can shop the post below.

New Year's Eve Party

New Year’s Eve is next week, how are you planning on celebrating? I always love to plan a dinner party with our closet friends and family. I ask everyone to dress in their best cocktail attire like this Camilyn Beth dress and enjoy one last meal together before ringing in the New Year.

Decor

With the black, white, and gold balloon garland from Vroom Vroom Ballon being over the top, we did not need much decor other than a stripe runner down the table. Monogrammed black napkins adored each plate along with a gold party cracker. I brought out my white, gold, and black china and used matching serving dishes along with my Nora Fleming favorites to keep the table simple. How cute is the champagne bottle mini?

Menu

New Years as the last hurrah for the holiday season. To celebrate, we always have indulgent foods such as filet mignon, truffle Mac and cheese, cheese boards, baked brie, and rich cocktails. Copper Whisk Cakes made this fabulous tiered cake that matched the balloon garland. Our salted caramel cream is my favorite Jackson Morgan flavor to serving during NYE. I poured into fancy coupe glasses and added a chocolate truffle garnish, so simple but looks decadent.

Activities

The party crackers are my favorite party trick, each one has a conversation starter in it. During dinner you take turns opening each one. After dinner, I moved the ballon garland to where the bar cart is to create a Photo Booth area for guests to take pictures. I normally bring out board games and turn on the ball drop in New York while everyone enjoys cocktails.

Stay tuned for more details from our New Year’s Eve party. You can shop this post below.

All Images Christy Wilson Photography.

Christmas Brunch Menu

Did you catch our Christmas brunch and bar cart posts from last week? Today we are sharing all the details about the menu we served for our Christmas brunch. I love to cook and bake, but during the holidays, I prefer to delegate. This year I went to a few of my favorite brunch spots and ordered a catering order for my brunch party. I plated on pretty serving dishes from Juliska and it instantly looked elevated.

Menu

Bagels and Cream Cheese from Proper Bagel

Brioche and Croissants from Brightside Bakery

Assorted Biscuits from Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit

Fruit

Donuts


Lettermade and Juliska Giveaway

Happy Wednesday! Every Wednesday in November and December leading up to Christmas we are hosting a giveaway to celebrate the holiday season.

Check out our Facebook and Instagram pages for a fun giveaway with these festive napkins from Lettermade and two Juliska old fashioned glasses. These are the perfect items for a Christmas cocktail party, just add a bottle of Jackson Morgan peppermint mocha.

Cheers!

Christmas Brunch

This year for Christmas, I wanted to host something different than your typical Christmas dinner. I opted for a Christmas brunch where I asked everyone to come in cozy pajamas and slippers to sip on spiked coffee and enjoy breakfast treats. Since the holiday season is always busy, a brunch time slot was perfect for everyone’s schedules.

Decor

I wanted to use my coveted green chairs from Society Social. I tied mini wreaths to the back of the chairs with gold ribbon. The greenery centerpiece with battery operated candles and lights made the party festive and since it is faux, I can use year after year. You could also recreate with real greenery. I like to keep things simple during the holiday season with decor since it is easy to go overboard.

Menu

Since it was a causal event in pajamas, a formal sit down with placemats did not seem right. A buffet style set up with bagels accompanied by cream cheese, donuts, Brightside Bakery treats, assortment of biscuits, and fruit was perfect for this party. We had a bar cart full of Jackson Morgan Southern Cream and garnishes for spiked hot chocolate or coffee.

Color Scheme

I kept to traditional red, green, and gold colors. I added in navy with the rug and Society Social bow back chairs. The touch of navy freshened up the normal Christmas color schemes. Since the table and food was colorful, I used only white serving pieces from the Berry and Thread collection by Juliska.

Stay tuned for more details from our Christmas brunch party. You can shop this post below.

All Images Christy Wilson Photography.

Pumpkin Staub Giveaway!

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Every Wednesday in November and December leading up to Christmas we are hosting a giveaway to celebrate the holiday season.

One of my favorite pieces for fall entertaining is my white pumpkin Staub Cocotte, it is perfect for soups, Thanksgiving sides, and more. As an added bonus, it looks pretty when serving. I keep it on my stove during the fall season.

Check out our instagram and facebook pages this afternoon to learn how you can win a 3 1/2 quart white Staub pumpkin cocotte. Winner will be announced next Tuesday (11/27).

We hope y’all are enjoying these giveaways as much as we have been!

Cheers!

Friendsgiving Bar Cart

Earlier this month, we shared our Friendsgiving party. What is a party without cocktails? It is no secret that I love a bar cart. I have used mine as a pie bar, biscuit bar, hot chocolate station, and even a place to store party favors.

For our Friendsgiving bar, I wanted to have a station for guests to make their own cocktails. I made sure to include different types of liquor along with our fall flavors of Jackson Morgan Southern Cream. I added a few fall staples such as cinnamon sticks and winter liquor favorites. Since this was a tasting party, the main cocktails were on the table on the tasting papers and the bar cart stored extra for anyone that wanted something different to sip on.

I kept the dripping dried moss and glass pumpkins from our Halloween party and used it on the bottom of the cart with liquor and pumpkins, since the holiday season goes by quickly I try to purchase decor that will work with several holidays. To tie in the table theme, I included napkins that coordinated with the table runner. A battery operated candle inside of a large glass pumpkin completed the cart.

Cheers!

Christy Wilson Photography

Friendsgiving Tasting Party Menu

For our Friendsgiving tasting party, I served small bites that paired well with our creams with a nod to the tastes of fall. I wanted this party to feel special, but not as stuffy as traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Several of the recipes I spiked with Jackson Morgan. For our family, banana pudding is a year round dessert especially when we have guests in town so I had to include it. Indulgent flavors such as truffles and salted caramel elevated the appetizers. I served everything as a buffet since the Jackson Morgan tasting was the main attraction for this dinner party.

The Menu

  • Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches with Pimento Cheese, Pickles, and Music City Mustard

  • Mini Truffle Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, cut small for easy dipping in the soup

  • Butternut Squash Soup, served in shooter glasses

  • Candied Pecans

  • Brown Sugar Pretzel Bites with Whipped Butter

  • Pretzel Bites with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

  • Cranberry Orange Bundt Cake, we used this recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction and spiked with our whipped orange cream and topped with sugared cranberries

  • Mini Apple Hand Pies with salted caramel sauce spiked with our salted caramel cream

  • Mini Banana Puddings, we used this recipe from Paula Deen and spiked with our banana pudding cream

All photos Christy Wilson Photography.

Friendsgiving Tasting Party

Hosting season is upon us, every year I find myself planning Friendsgiving and overwhelmed with having to make a full Thanksgiving dinner. I wanted to switch things up this year and instead of serving turkey host a fall tasting party. With so many fun flavors of Jackson Morgan Southern Cream, I love to host parties where guests can try several flavors of our creams.

Decor

I reused the glass pumpkins from our Halloween party. I incorporated a few white and gray pumpkins into the mix to freshen up the table. Instead of using candles, I used battery operated string lights. It created a warm glow over the table.

Table Set Up

I paired a coordinating food item with each of our popular Jackson Morgan Southern Cream flavors. The Hester and Cook tasting papers allowed guests to try each of the Jackson Morgan flavors. Simple white serving dishes displayed the festive fall food.

Color Scheme

A simple black and white color scheme was perfect for celebrating Friendsgiving. I love all of the warm colors during the fall, but wanted to keep this party simple. I used my crystal glassware to dress up the table.

Stay tuned for more details from our Friendsgiving tasting party.

All Images Christy Wilson Photography.

Happy Halloween!

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Happy Halloween!

Hope you have a great day full of treats and cocktails.

Cheers!

Halloween Party Favors

Who doesn’t like to leave a party with a treat? For our Halloween party we had spooky trail mix for everyone and mini Jackson Morgan bottles for adults. Package in plastic bags and tie with striped ribbon for a pretty presentation. The trail mix would also be fun to give to trick or treaters on Halloween.

Spooky Trail Mix

Ingredients:

1 cup Rice Cereal

I cup Chocolate Rice Cereal

Candy Corn

Candy Pumpkins

Peanuts

Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Peanut Butter Chips

Mini Peanut Butter Cups

Chocolate Peanut Butter Candies

Directions:

Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl. Feel free to add additional seasonal items not listed or add extra of your favorite candies.

All images Christy Wilson Photography