4th of July Party

Can y’all believe 4th of July is next week? After Memorial Day, it feels like we blink and it is time for tailgates and back to school. Summer is going by too quickly! To celebrate the 4th, I threw a party with an Americana theme.

Color Scheme

For this party, I wanted a casual red, white, and navy color scheme. My mom gifted us this antique tobacco basket from a popular antique store in my hometown, Fayetteville, Tennessee. This basket is the perfect spot to hang a festive flag garland for summer parties.

Menu

In the summer, I tend to drift towards simple meals when hosting. I called my friends at Martin’s Bbq, one of my beloved spots for bbq in Nashville, for catering. Martin's tasty ribs, potato salad, slaw, baked beans, and cornbread cakes were the main items I served for this gathering. I added watermelon on a popsicle stick, fruit, and sweet tea. I used a small star cookie cutter to cut the honeydew melon to keep with the star theme. I served a boozy strawberry banana icebox cake (recipe coming soon) for dessert along with a few assorted cookies and popsicles.

Tablescape

For the table, I incorporated a navy star table throw (linked below). Galvanized chargers paired with striped dinner plates and flag appetizer plates, coordinated with the red flatware perfectly. Mason jars seemed like the ideal drinkware choice, especially with a red stripe paper straw. I found a matching navy star napkin to complete the tablescape. I served the food in galvanized and red enamelware dishes, which are shatterproof and excellent for easy summer hosting. White hydrangeas are my go to flower arrangement year round, for this party, I added burlap flags.

Stay tuned for more recipes from this festive party.

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

Outdoor Entertaining Essentials

When entertaining outside, keep it simple. If possible, try to use melamine plates and glassware. These plates are more elevated than paper plates and will keep you at ease in case guests drop their plates when enjoying dinner. Use items you already have such as a potted herb plant and gardening boots for decor. Outdoor rugs are a great way to cozy up the space and make the dinner party feel chicer.

Have a beverage dispenser filled with water ready to go since guests will be outside. I like to add a few lemon slices for a citrus flavor. This handy bar cart doubles as an ice bucket, which keeps drinks cool even in the summer heat. I like to keep a few bar towels close by for easy clean up for spills.

For the menu, add items that you can quickly prep ahead so you can enjoy your time with guests. I love to serve fresh fruit, cheese tray, boozy ice cream cake, pre-mixed cocktails, etc. If you are serving items that require garnishes such as burgers, pre-slice and have ready to go. S’mores is always a favorite summer treat, I put together a tray with the ingredients ahead of time so it is ready to go once everyone is ready for the fire pit.

Cheers!

Please sip responsibly. All images Christy Wilson Photography. You can shop this post below. Special thanks to South of Libbie, Ruthie and Oliver Letterpress, and Nora Fleming for partnering with us on this post.

Mother's Day Gift Guide

Mother’s Day is this weekend. If you are looking for gifts for the cocktail loving lady in your life, here are a few ideas that pair well with Jackson Morgan Southern Cream.

ONE// A "pretty as a peach” cosmetic case filled with Kendra Scott earrings, mini bottles of Jackson Morgan Southern Cream in peaches and cream, and pink sunglasses.

TWO// Mini bottles of Jackson Morgan Southern Cream in peaches and cream paired with a tassel monogrammed hand towel from South of Libbie.

THREE// A straw tote bag filled with mini bottles of Jackson Morgan Southern Cream in peaches and cream, drink flask, water bottle, pink sunglasses, and a “call your mama” cosmetic case.

FOUR// A Nora Fleming cutie container paired with a pineapple or lemon mini tie to the box with a festive gift tag. Gift with a bottle of Jackson Morgan Southern Cream in banana pudding.

Please sip responsibly. All images Christy Wilson Photography. You can shop this post below. Special thanks to The Nashville Mom, The Certified Celebrator, South of Libbie, Nora Fleming, and Kendra Scott for partnering with us on this post.

Outdoor Brunch Bar Cart

Did you catch our outdoor brunch party last week? It was fun to plan with two of my favorite bloggers, The Nashville Mom and Certified Celebrator. I am sharing our outdoor bar cart from our brunch party today.

When I first saw Nicole Regan of Cedar and Rush style this pretty bar cart, I immediately ordered it. It is a great piece for outdoor entertaining and the party bucket part will hold several bottles of Jackson Morgan Southern Cream. To keep with the causal theme of our outdoor brunch, I used a galvanized drink dispenser stand and mason jar cups to serve drinks. Green paper straws were a must for cocktails. These fun hand towels by South of Libbie were a great addition to keep hands clean while making cocktails. I used one of the extra melamine lettuce cups to display a small flower arrangement.

I placed a mint plant on the bottom part of the bar cart for guests to garnish their drinks. The bar station was surrounded by planters filled with my favorite herbs and flowers. I tucked my green rain boots next to the bar area since they matched the garden theme party too. Ruthie and Oliver Letterpress made this adorable “Drink up y’all” sign that is fun for any bar area. To cozy up the bar, I used a round woven outdoor rug.

Stay tuned for more posts from this fun party on The Sip. If you are in Nashville on May 8th we are hosting a Mother’s Day shopping event at Draper James from 5:30-7:30 pm, bring your mama and come sip, shop, and enjoy a bloom bar with us.

Please sip responsibly. All images Christy Wilson Photography. You can shop this post below. Special thanks to The Nashville Mom, The Certified Celebrator, South of Libbie, Nora Fleming, Kendra Scott, and Ruthie and Oliver Letterpress for partnering with us on this party.

Mother's Day Party Favors

I am loving all the fun details from our outdoor Mother’s Day brunch party. I shared a post about the table earlier this week, today I am sharing the party favors.

Brittany of Certified Celebrator, who is the queen of small gifts for intentionally celebrating others created these festive gift boxes. She included flower seed packets in each box and tied with ribbon for an easy party favor. On the outside of the box, she attached a "Happy Mother's Day" tag. Check out her blog for more favors and gift ideas.

You could easily include your favorite herb drink garnish seeds such as mint, rosemary, basil, thyme, etc. along with a bottle of Jackson Morgan Southern Cream. I also love the idea of attaching the seed packet to a bottle with a gardening tool.

Stay tuned for more details from this party on The Sip.

All images Christy Wilson Photography. Special thanks to The Nashville Mom and The Certified Celebrator for partnering with us on this party.

Mother's Day Outdoor Brunch

The weather is ideal for outdoor brunch parties during May in Tennessee. For our brunch table, we incorporated green, navy, and pops of yellow for a fresh color scheme. Instead of using a traditional vase, I opted for a floral watering can filled with grocery store hydrangeas for a more casual vibe. I flanked the table with planters full of my favorite herbs, hydrangeas, and boxwoods. A whimsical fringe umbrella kept guests comfortable during the midday sun.

The Nora Fleming melamine collection was exceptional for serving food outside without having to worry about pieces breaking. The loveliest South of Libbie monogram napkins held a menu card by Ruthie and Oliver Letterpress. How fun are these melamine lettuce plates? They were a Homegoods find, but I linked similar plates below. I used bamboo flatware since it was a casual occasion. I love to use place cards even for informal settings, it is a tiny detail that elevates any event.

We served simple brunch staples including tea sandwiches, mini waffles, fresh fruit, chantilly cake adorned with berries, cookies, and cheese straws. I had iced coffee ready for Jackson Morgan Southern Cream spiked drinks. I incorporated galvanized platters and trays to serve food and to coordinate with the chargers.

Stay tuned for more posts from this fun party on The Sip. If you are in Nashville on May 8th we are hosting a Mother’s Day shopping event at Draper James from 5:30-7:30 pm, bring your mama and come sip, shop, and enjoy a bloom bar with us.

Please sip responsibly. All images Christy Wilson Photography. You can shop this post below. Special thanks to The Nashville Mom, The Certified Celebrator, South of Libbie, Nora Fleming, Kendra Scott, and Ruthie and Oliver Letterpress for partnering with us on this party.

Easter Egg Hunt

I can hardly believe Easter is this weekend, it feels like Christmas was yesterday. I remember growing up my mother would sew my brother and I matching outfits for the big Easter egg hunt at church. When we were babies, the outfit included a bonnet. There is something extraordinary about those memories now as an adult. Why not host an adult Easter egg hunt?

To create an adult Easter egg hunt at home, hide eggs with mini liquor bottles in them. Jackson Morgan has the cutest little bottles available in most states. As the prize, fill a basket with a full-size bottle of Jackson Morgan Southern Cream, festive napkins, fun cups, and Easter candy. The person with the most eggs wins the basket. These adorable Easter egg hunt signs were a Target find and linked below.

I had a hydration station with our plastic mason jar mugs from our company store just in case our egg hunt got competitive. In our family, we turn everything into a competition. All you need is a party bucket, fun straws, and themed paper napkins.

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

Easter Bar Cart

I loved our Easter brunch party post on The Sip earlier this week. Today, I am sharing all the details about the bar cart. When spring arrives, I cannot wait to create cocktails with Jackson Morgan Southern Cream in peaches and cream and banana pudding flavors. In the past, I have incorporated edible flowers to garnish spring cocktails, which is a fun addition.

When I first discovered this floral art print from Inslee, I knew it would look stunning over my bar cart in a gold frame. I filled a glass hurricane with metallic egg vase filler to match the tablescape. After running out of table space, I served carrot cake cupcakes on the bar cart. My trusty Nora Fleming napkin holder with the adorable rain boots mini held “Happy Easter” napkins for guests to use when creating cocktails or snacking on a cupcake.

On the bottom, I put together a small floral arrangement with flowers from a local flower mart. Instead of displaying the flowers in a traditional glass vase, I used a monogrammed champagne bucket from Sasha Nicholas. My “adult” Easter basket was full of candy and treats.

All images Christy Wilson Photography. You can shop this post below. Special thanks to Nora Fleming and Ruthie and Oliver Letterpress for partnering with us on this party.

Easter Brunch

It is hard to believe Easter is right around the corner, we have had a few spring-like days in Tennessee, and I hope the cold weather is behind us. For the first time, I am hosting my family for Easter. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to give my Mom a break from entertaining. I plan to use this same tablescape, but hopefully move it outside if it is nice weather.

Color Scheme

After what feels like the longest winter, I was ready for a fresh color scheme. The bright green gingham paired with the brown bunny plates created a pretty color scheme. I incorporated texture with natural elements such as the seagrass chargers and moss bunnies. Pops of gold added a nice modern touch, how cute are these gold foiled bunnies?! The art over the bar cart is where the color inspiration came from, I adore this floral print by Inslee.

Menu

I am a traditionalist when it comes to Easter menu planning. For our Easter brunch, we had spiral ham, scalloped potatoes, deviled eggs, asparagus tart, glazed carrots, roasted artichokes, rolls, boozy banana pudding (recipe coming to The Sip soon), and of course Jackson Morgan Southern Cream cocktails. I especially love our peaches and cream and banana pudding flavors this time of year.

Decor

Although I love fresh flowers, they often die too quickly. For this table, I used speckled egg vase filler in a pretty hurricane that I can display all spring and reuse next year. I added mini moss baskets, which holds Jackson Morgan Southern Cream mini bottles perfectly for party favors. My crystal glasses dressed up the table for the occasion. I was thrilled when I found these crystal cordial glasses, which are basically a fancy shot glass to serve Jackson Morgan in for parties. Ruthie and Oliver letterpress place cards matched the napkins and table throw well.

How are you celebrating Easter? #sipandbesocial

Special thanks to Nora Fleming, Ruthie and Oliver Letterpress, and Juliska for partnering with us on this party. All images Christy Wilson Photography. You can shop the post below.

Spring Bar Cart

Spring is in the air we could not be happier. The bar cart from our spring brunch party was the perfect way to get us in the mood for a new season. My favorite way to use a bar cart is for drinks and favors. I served Jackson Morgan Southern Cream in whipped orange cream and used the 375 mL bottle as party favors, more details about the favors can be found on this blog post. There is something about citrus flavored drinks that screams spring.

When decorating a bar cart, I like to incorporate the same color scheme from the tablescape. The classic blue and white color combination paired with pops of orange was a personal favorite theme for me. I used extra oranges from our orange tree, check out the DIY here, in a pretty bowl for guests to use to garnish their drinks. I found these vintage orange glasses at a local antique store in my hometown.

This adorable bar sign from Ruthie and Oliver letterpress said “Orange you Delightful” and was lovely in addition to the fun print by Inslee. Do not be afraid to layer art and go bold with a large art print, it makes such a statement. I pulled up one of my well-loved Society Social bow back chairs and paired with a coordinating pillow. When hosting a party, I like to shop my home first and see if I already own any pieces that would be an excellent accessory for my table or bar cart. You can shop this post below.

Cheers!

Special thanks to Society Social, Nora Fleming, Ruthie and Oliver Letterpress for partnering with us on this party. Please sip responsibility. All images Christy Wilson Designs.

Spring Brunch Party Favors

Party favors are an easy way to make any party feel more elevated. Jackson Morgan Southern Cream has a line of 375 mL bottles that are available in most markets. These bottles are larger than our mini bottles, but not quite as big as our standard 750 mL size. For our Spring brunch, these bottles in whipped orange were perfect for gifting as party favors.

I always keep gift tags on hand and love Dixie Design’s expansive collection. They also have invitations wrapping paper, stickers, and other stationary needs that match. The blue and white crest gift tags I used can be found here. I also linked a few of my favorites below. During the holidays, I usually stock up when stationery companies have sales. You may remember the red and pink gift tags I used for our Valentine’s Day soirée.

For the party favors for the Spring brunch party, I just tied orange paper straws to our Jackson Morgan Southern Cream 375 mL bottle with a gift tag. I used white pom pom wired ribbon, but you could use any ribbon you own. These party favors could not be easier to put together.

What are your go-to party favors to gift?

Christy Wilson Photography. You can shop this post below.


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!