Fall Hosting Favorites

Fall Favorites

Fall is one of the best times of year, there is so much to celebrate between tailgating, cooler temperatures, Halloween, and several birthdays in our family. Here are a few of my favorites fall hosting items I am stocking up on for fall celebrations. 

ONE// Pumpkin Vase Filler. I have glass jars on my bar cart that I change out seasonally and this filler is perfect. 

TWO// Pretty Fall Wreath. An easy way to decorate for the new season, put this wreath on a front door, mirror, bar cart, mantle, you name it! 

THREE// Glass Pumpkins. These would be beautiful with candles and you can keep the pumpkins out until Thanksgiving. 

FOUR// Cooper Bar Set. This bar set is perfect for a fall bar cart. 

FIVE// Fall Garland. So versatile, you can use it on a dining room table, mantle, or around a front door. 

SIX// Loaf Pan. I always make pumpkin bread during fall and this loaf pan would take the recipe up a notch. 

SEVEN// Orange Ginger Jar. It is no secret I love a ginger jar, but the orange ones are festive for this time of year. 

EIGHT// Gold Flatware. I love adding warm gold tones to fall tablescapes. 

NINE// Copper Serve Set. This would be fun for serving candy at a Halloween party. 

TEN// Check Table Runner. You can't go wrong with a classic black and white pattern. 

ELEVEN// Gold Votives. I use these year round, but especially during fall! 

TWELVE// Pumpkin Pillow Covers. An easy way to decorate your living room for fall. 

End of Summer Pool Party Bar Cart

Earlier this week, I shared our end of summer pool party. Today, I am sharing details on our bar cart from that soirée. 

It is no secret I love a bar cart, my collection has gotten a little out of control. My all time favorite bar cart is the Society Social Madison Mixer. I love it because of its versatility, it goes with any theme or holiday especially during the summer. The faux bamboo was beyond perfect for a poolside party, I just rolled it outside for guests to use. Bar carts are great for cocktails, but I love to use them to serve snacks, appetizers, and desserts too. 

Under the umbrella shade to keep drinks and desserts cool, my bar cart was the perfect station for treats. On the top, I had a lemon water dispenser, bamboo forks, plates, napkins, paper straws, and of course our banana pudding cream. I lined the top with palm leaf placemats in case of any spills. Pink cupcakes, mixers, and our whipped orange creams lined the bottom. I also used a fresh pineapple and calligraphy cocktail sign for decoration. 

I used gold lanterns and pink flamingo yard ornaments to decorate on the side of the bar cart. When I host parties, I love to add something unexpected and these pink flamingos were a fun addition. I hate using glass for outdoor gatherings, my Nora Fleming melamine platter and Sugar and Cloth pink plastic coupe glasses are a few of my favorites for summer parties. 

 

 

 

End of Summer Pool Party

With the season about to change, we are enjoying one last summer pool party before the fall weather sets in. There is something so easy about a pool party, no need for a special menu just a few snacks and of course cocktails. It is the perfect way to celebrate the end of summer. 

Theme

What is a summer party without bright pops of color and pink flamingos? Since flamingos are all the rage right now, it was easy to find details that went with our theme. Flamingo pool floats, yard ornaments, and candles were the perfect addition to this party. I found a vintage yellow cooler and knew it would look cute and keep drinks cool. The fringe umbrellas and woven drink dispenser added a fun texture to the party. 

Decor

Pool floats make the best decor for poolside parties. We used the flamingo floats in two different colors and a pineapple float to jazz up the pool area. Our Jackson Morgan beach towels doubled as decor and party favors. Colorful pillows added a nice pop of color to the loungers. I rolled my bar cart outside to serve drinks and sweets. My favorite monogrammed Lettermade napkins and bamboo flatware dressed up the cart. Abigail T. Calligraphy made the cutest sign for our cocktails. 

The Menu

For this party, I kept the menu simple with just pink cupcakes and macarons. We served Jackson Morgan in whipped orange and banana pudding for cocktails. Since it is so hot in Tennessee during the summer, lemon water in a drink dispenser is a must. I love the idea of pairing this party with a backyard bbq and serving your favorite grilled items in the evening. 

What is your favorite way to celebrate the end of summer? 

All photos by Christy Wilson Photography. 

Ice Cream Social

With the summer heat in full force, an ice cream social is the perfect way to cool off. Our family loves dining outdoors and using pool during the summer so a poolside party made perfect sense. Who doesn't love an ice cream party to bring out your inner child? We used Jackson Morgan to spiked all of the ice cream treats for the adults. 

Theme

For the color palette, I was inspired by sprinkles. I used bright tones and incorporated our Jackson Morgan stripe beach towels for guests to dry off after a dip in the pool. I had a bar height table with a vintage milkshake mixer and toppings for a build your own milkshake bar. At the table, I had coupe glasses with more ice cream toppings and Jackson Morgan as a centerpiece for guests to make ice cream sundaes. 

Decor

Since we were outside and ice cream can be messy, I kept the decor very simple. To keep with the theme, I used several items from Hester and Cook's summer line including the sprinkle place mats, sprinkle place cards, ice cream papers, ice cream gift tag, and green stripe runner. For the table, I had scalloped napkins, stripe coupe glasses, disposable plates, silverware all from Sugar and Cloth's new party line available on Amazon. I love these pieces, because they are pretty and disposable for a quick clean up. Nora Fleming's new melamine collection was perfect for displaying milkshake and sundae toppings. 

The Menu

For the menu, I had milkshakes and sundaes. We served salted caramel, banana split, and peppermint milkshakes. I added our favorite toppings such as sprinkles, brownies, cookies, chocolate syrup, chocolate chips, cherries, chocolate covered pretzels, caramel sauce, homemade whipped cream, and chocolate covered bananas. You can easily customize this with your preferred toppings. 

Stay tuned for more details from our ice cream social. 

All images Christy Wilson Photography

Favorite Bar Books

There is nothing I love more than a good book especially ones pertaining to hosting and cocktails! When I get in a creative rut, I flip through the pages and dream up dinner parties and decadent cocktails. I have quite the collection of entertaining and cocktail books. I change out the books throughout my house with different seasons and use them on my bar cart. The books add a nice personal touch to my home decor. It is also helpful to have cocktail books handy when hosting and mixing up drinks. 

A few of my favorites are Pizzazzerie's Entertain in Style, Katie Jacob's So Much to Celebrate, Vintage Cocktails, Winter Cocktails, Shake, Bourbon Desserts, Darcie Miller's Celebrate Everything, and Scratch and Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert (my favorite!). 

What are your favorite bar books? 

Nordstrom Sale Picks

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One of the best sales of the year went live last week at Nordstrom. It is the perfect time to stock up on pieces for hosting especially with fall and the holidays coming up. See our top picks below. 

ONE// Diptyque Candle Set. The best gifts or candles to use for a dinner party. 

TWO// Rifle Paper Co Recipe Tin. An adorable way to store recipes. 

THREE// Gold Monogram Cocktail Shaker. A classic cocktail shaker that would look great on any bar cart. 

FOUR// Smeg Retro Electric Kettle. I used this for our spiked hot chocolate station at Christmas. Much cuter than regular kettles. 

FIVE// Round Marble & Wood Serving Board. This board would be perfect for cheese trays! 

SIX// Twig Set of Cheese Knives. These knives would be pretty for fall dinner parties. 

SEVEN// Wooden Wine Trough. How fun would this be fore serving beverages at your next party? 

EIGHT// Tabletop Bar Set. This set has every item you need for making cocktails. 

NINE// Gold Bar Cart. Every home needs a bar cart. 

TEN// Wood and Marble Cake Stand. 

Happy 4th of July

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Happy 4th of July from our family to yours! We hope you have a wonderful day and enjoy a cocktail or two. 

Cheers! 

Summer Entertaining Favorites

We could not be more exited for the official start of summer this week. Isn't summer the best? So many fun reasons to host your favorite people with longer days and warm weather. Here are a few of my most used summer entertaining items that we love. 

Picnic Gear. It is no surprise that we love a good picnic at the Jackson Morgan office. All you need is a cute picnic basket and acrylic glassware. A bottle cooler is a bonus and perfect for your favorite flavor of Jackson Morgan. 

Outdoor Dinner Parties. There is nothing better than eating dinner with your friends with pretty string lights overhead. Melamine plates with monogramed linens keep things easy, but yet sophisticated. A corn hole set keeps guests busy while dinner is being made on the grill. I like to keep a few Turkish towels outside in case anyone gets cold at night. 

Outdoor Food. I keep a drink dispenser ready with lemon water during the summer to keep guests hydrated. This William-Sonoma caramelized onion burger starter is mouth watering. We also love to experiment with stuffing burgers with cheese, special seasonings, or veggies. I love using my galvanized tiered stand for everything from sundae toppings to burger toppings during the summer. It also looks pretty in the kitchen with fresh blooms. 

Summer Desserts. Homemade ice cream is one of the best parts of summer, especially spiked with Jackson Morgan. I use the Kitchen Aid ice cream maker bowl and store the finished product in these ice cream tubs before guests come over. I also love these fruit shaped molds for ice cream or popsicles. 

What are your favorite entertaining pieces during summer? 

 

10 Questions with Malia of Lettermade

One of my favorite brands that I have loved since the beginning of Jackson Morgan is Lettermade. The owner of Lettermade, Malia, designs the most gorgeous linen cocktail napkins that I cherish for hosting. It was such a treat to do a little Q&A with her. 

ONE// Tell us a little about yourself and your company. I started Lettermade in 2014 while working in development for a school in town…I’d come home and embroider just about every day! I’ve always loved linens and keepsakes and my grandmother really appreciated well-made, beautiful linens- she was one of the biggest reasons I started Lettermade! Over the past four and a half years, we’ve been honored to collaborate on collections with brands like Gray Malin, Draper James, and Rifle Paper Co., furthering our mission to couple homespun embroidery with contemporary design. 

TWO// What is the best lesson you have learned since starting Lettermade? Patience! Starting a business is a rollercoaster of ups and downs at times and a constant learning curve. Good things take time, so patience (with myself and with developing the brand!) has been one of the biggest lessons.

THREE// How do you stay creative in your business? Working with brands like Jackson Morgan Cream! I love collaborating with other brands and bloggers; this helps create new content, brainstorm with other entrepreneurs about new ideas, and keep things fresh!

FOUR// What is the best part of your work day? When I get notes from customers saying how much they enjoy their linens or how special it makes them feel to have something meaningful on their wedding day or for their family and friends during the holidays. Lettermade has been a labor of love; when it comes to our brand nothing makes me happier than to know that we’ve made something that is meaningful to the customer and brings joy to their day!

FIVE// Do you have a favorite linen napkin design at the moment? One of my best friends always says “not my circus, not my monkeys!” - it’s the best reminder at times!

SIX// Do you have any tips for hosting a dinner party? Great background music always helps sets the tone for a fun dinner party and doing any prep work ahead of guests arriving so you’re not stuck in the kitchen instead of having cocktails with your friends!

SEVEN// What is your favorite meal to whip together last minute for guests? Lasagna cups as an appetizer (or meal!); they’re amazing, always a hit, and look pretty on a tray! (hereis the recipe!) My other go-to is my mother-in-law’s classic chicken casserole…Everyone loves a good casserole! 

EIGHT// Do you have a go to hostess gift? Embroidered cocktail napkins! :) If I’m bringing monogrammed cocktail napkins to a party, the Elise style (here) is one of my favorite styles to gift; traditional blue and white or a soft neutral monogram are my go-to’s if I’m not too familiar with the hostess’s style.

NINE// Favorite cocktail? Gin & Tonic with cucumber

TEN// What is your favorite Jackson Morgan flavor? The Banana Pudding Cream is absolutely delicious!!

 

 

 

 

 

Summer BBQ Menu

Earlier this week, I shared details about our summer bbq, today I am spilling all the details about the menu so you can recreate this party at your home. Our summer BBQ was one of my favorites to plan. There is something nostalgic about an old fashion backyard cookout! The menu is easy and paper plates from Party Hat Paper Co make clean up a breeze which is a win win in my book. Who wants to waste time cleaning up instead of hanging out with guests?

I started with easy appetizers served in cupcake liners to keep things easy for serving. Sliders are great so everyone can try different types of meat like pulled pork and beef. For sides, I kept to the classics like mac and cheese and grilled corn. I found this hamburger cake at my local grocery store which fit the theme perfectly. No party is completely with a few Jackson Morgan cocktails (recipes coming soon). 

Menu

Appetizers

Pimento Cheese and Crackers 

Pasta Salad 

Strawberries 

Main

Beef Sliders 

Pulled Pork Sliders 

Hot Dogs 

Toppings (Slaw, Relish, Special Sauce, Mustard, Ketchup, Cheese, Bacon. Etc) 

Sides

Grilled Corn 

Mac and Cheese 

Pasta Salad

Fries (Sweet Potato and Regular) 

Dessert

Hamburger Cake

Jackson Morgan Spiked Root Beer Floats 

Jackson Morgan Whipped Orange Milkshakes 

Cheers! 

Summer BBQ with Party Hat Paper Co

I have found a new company that I adore that I just know you will love too. Party Hat Paper Co designs boxes of party goods that coordinate with a theme. This is the bbq box, that would be perfect for Father's Day or summer parties. I had the best time coming up with a menu and creating this dinner party. 

Whats Included?

Y'all are not going to believe everything that is included in this fun box. All of the plates, forks, balloons (including the pig and grill, so fun!), napkins, berry baskets and more. Literally everything you need to throw a party. Check out their page for more details. 

Color Palette

The sweet gals at Party Hat Paper Co picked out this refreshing color palette of tan, red, and blue. I love that is not the traditional red, white, and blue that you see this time of year. This palette would work for 4th of July or Labor Day too. 

My Favorite Items

I loved the temperature markers for the burgers, such a unique item that is useful for guests. The balloons were a crowd pleaser as well, they also stayed blown up almost a week. The paper plate trays were wonderful, they held all the food perfectly. My top favorite is the "fine china" cups, I am always sucker for funny cups or napkins. 

Stay tuned for more details on my summer BBQ. 

 

Easter Brunch

It is hard to believe Easter is this weekend. We love this holiday to get together with friends and family and celebrate over good food and conversation. We had a great time putting together this Easter brunch last year. 

To host your own brunch, all you need are a few brunch staples such as quiche, sandwiches, fruit, biscuits, and of course cake. Use cake stands of varying heights to create interest on the table. These mini cake stands are a fun way to incorporate a place card. Keep the color palette simple with white dishes and a fun linen napkin. 

For cocktails, have hot and iced coffee available and your favorite Jackson Morgan flavors. Guests can create their own spiked coffee cocktails. We also love the idea of mini bottles as favors after the brunch is over. 

Cheers! 

Bridal Shower Bar Cart

On Tuesday, I shared my bridal shower tablescape. Today I am sharing the bar cart. It is no secret I love a good bar cart. It is versatile for any occasion and can be used for cocktails, desserts, presents, or even just storage for glassware. I love that you can move the cart around depending on where the party goes throughout the evening. 

For this bridal shower bar cart, I used the space for favors, cocktails, and wedding books. I found these festive "from Miss to Mrs" cups which were perfect to hold a Jackson Morgan mini bottle with paper shreds. I made a mini version of the floral arrangement from the table for the bar cart. These adorable bamboo lanterns were a lucky Homegoods find.  

I had beverages on both the table and bar cart to keep the drinks flowing throughout the evening. I find if you use the nice drink ware such as these coupe glasses and a stirrer the drink instantly seems fancy. I found "cheers" drink stirrers in the Target dollar bin that were perfect for the occasion. 

All Photography Christy Wilson

Cheers! 

Bridal Shower with Jackson Morgan

Happy Tuesday! It is my wedding week and I could not be more excited. I threw a bridal shower to celebrate this new season. If you are like me, we have several weddings and events coming up this year. Check out our tips and tricks for hosting a bridal shower.

Decor

For the decor, I wanted to keep it simple. I stayed with a neutral color palette of gold and white with touches of blush. I love the idea of decorating with personalized pieces that the bride and groom can take home and keep as a memory of their shower. This Coton Colors platter with the "Going to the Chapel" attachment was the perfect piece to include as a gift. I used an array of white serving pieces including pieces from my Nora Fleming collection

I also love the idea of themed showers such as a fiesta or barbecue especially if it is a joint shower with the groom. You want to make sure you keep the couple's taste in mind. 

Food

For this shower, I kept to traditional food such as finger sandwiches, cheese, fruit, and an assortment of sweets. I used paper diamond cutouts found on Etsy with mini powdered doughnuts to create "rings". You could also use these for cupcake toppers. 

Find out what the bride and groom's favorite foods are and see if you can incorporate it into the shower. I love to pack a to go bag with leftover treats for the couple too. 

Cocktails

We had plenty of Jackson Morgan salted caramel cream for cocktails. I also had elderflower sparking lemonade. Many showers include a mimosa bar, but I love the idea of a coffee bar with different toppings and types of coffee. 

Stay tuned for more details from this fun shower. 

All photography Christy Wilson. 

St. Patrick's Day Bar Cart

St. Patrick's Day is next weekend! One of my favorite ways to celebrate different seasons and holidays is changing out the decor for my bar cart. How do you celebrate the seasons and holidays? 

For my St. Patrick's Day bar cart, I stayed with a gold and green color scheme. I also love the idea of a rainbow theme. I found St. Patrick's Day themed cookies and rainbow sprinkle cupcakes, which looked great with these green cake stands. The gold glittered champagne bottles added a nice touch of gold. Our salted caramel cream pairs well with sweets too. 

Happy Everything has fun attachments to decorate for the holiday. I love using the big bowl as an ice bucket. The Typesetter made the cutest "I'm Feeling Lucky" print. I change out art with different prints seasonally. One of my favorite details is the "W" moss letter I hung above the bar cart. 

Paper straws are an inexpensive way to change out decor, these green straws add a touch of fun to any cocktail. I love to stack my favorite entertaining books such as Pizzazzerie: Entertain in StyleDarcy Miller's Celebrate Everything!, and The Art of the Bar Cart at the bottom of my bar cart and change out with different party themes. You can shop this post below. 

Stay tuned for St. Patrick's Day themed cocktails coming next week. 

All Photography Christy Wilson

Cheers! 

Spring Entertaining Picks

Spring is calling our name and we are excited about all of the endless opportunities for parties once the weather warms up. Here are a few of our picks for spring hosting and entertaining. 

Wreath// A fresh floral wreath can brighten up any bar cart or party. 

Vase// This fun vase is perfect for tulips. 

Napkins and Tablecloth// We love this floral pattern with the pops of green and yellow. 

Bee Tumblers and Pitcher// I have always loved these cups and pitcher especially around spring time. 

Bunny Platter// This platter would be fun to serve cupcakes or even jelly beans for Easter. 

Rattan Cocktail Shaker// This cocktail shaker is perfect to display on a bar cart for spring. 

Bunny Catchall// I would use this for sauces or smaller sides for spring dinner parties. 

Gingham Apron// Gingham is my favorite pattern for spring and this apron would be cute to cook in all spring long. 

Bunny Plates// The perfect addition for Easter brunch. 

Galvanized Tiered Stand// Not only can this stand be used for Easter, but also for summer parties. 

Easter Platters// Festive platters for serving spring sides or a catchall in an entryway. 

Seersucker Napkins// Seersucker just screams spring and these monogram napkins are perfect for spring dinner parties. 

Gingham Plates// These versatile plates can be used for Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day too. 

Bunny Cookie Jar// A fun jar to stash sweets or Easter candy. 

 

 

Valentine's Day Brunch

Valentine's Day is around the corner and we love any reason to get together with friends over cocktails and good food. This year, I hosted a Valentine's Day brunch. Why not show your friends how much they mean to you by hosting a fun brunch or dinner? Now for the details on the festive brunch. 

Decor

To keep the theme simple, I used a traditional color palette of red, white, and blush. I wanted this brunch to feel fancy since it was a special occasion. I brought out my monogrammed linen napkins and paired those with my all time favorite plates from Pottery Barn. The striped runner and heart placemats added a touch of whimsy and made clean up a breeze. My trusty Nora Fleming pieces with the Valentine's Day minis were ideal for serving the delicious food. The new wood serving board is the best for cheese trays. 

Attire

Since this was brunch was on the fancier side, everyone wore cocktail dresses. I love these dresses from Camilyn Beth, they are well made and timeless. The white Tilly dress with the tulle sleeves was a favorite of mine and would be perfect for a bridal shower or New Years Eve party. The classic Go Go dress has been my go to cocktail dress for years, I own it in hot pink and navy and have worn it many times over the last few years. 

Cocktails

What would a party be without cocktails? Our peppermint mocha cream was the perfect drink to serve for brunch. It goes well in coffee or just over ice (how I served it). I cut strawberries into hearts using this tutorial and garnished the cocktails using a cocktail pick. I find if you serve a simple cocktail in a nice glass such as this blush gold coupe it seems more fancy. I used our Jackson Morgan mini bottles as party favors by tying a bow with red striped ribbon around the bottles and placing at each plate. 

The Menu

For our Valentine's Day Brunch, Brightside Bakery made the most delicious brioche rolls in an array of flavors and croissants which paired nicely with our peppermint mocha cream. For brunch, we had bacon, biscuits, cheese tray, spiked salted caramel French toast, fresh fruit, feta cheese pastry tarts, and festive cookies. Stay tuned for a recipe for the spiked salted caramel French toast. 

How are you celebrating Valentine's Day? 

Special thanks to Camilyn Beth, Nora Fleming, and Brightside Bakery for partnering with us on this party. 

Olympic Watch Party

The Winter Olympics start this week and we cannot wait! To kick off the fun events, we are sharing our Olympic watch party. This party was very easy to put together and your guests will love the theme. Invite a couple of friends over and enjoy a Jackson Morgan cocktail while cheering for the U.S.A. 

The decor only took a few minutes to pull together. I found these paper party rings and taped them to poster board to create the Olympic Rings. I used a laser leveler to make sure the rings were even. This backdrop could also be used for a photo booth.

Plastic popcorn containers from a party store made the perfect podium for our Jackson Morgan bottles. Other than that all we used was a white table cloth and serving dishes for food and drinks. So easy and you can use items you already have at home. I also linked a few fun stars and stripe options below if you would prefer a more festive table linen. 

Red striped cups held popcorn with chocolate candies for easy snacking during the sporting events. My trusty Nora Fleming tray with the American flag mini held the "gold medal" cakes. I found these 'Merica wooden forks from Eat Drink Host and knew they would be the perfect addition to the table. With a party like this, paper plates are the way to go. I used gold rimmed plates from Target. 

Stay tuned for recipes and cocktails from our Olympic watch party. You can shop this post below. 

Cheers! 

Super Bowl Ideas

The Super Bowl is this weekend, we are planning on hosting a fun party with friends. Is there anything better than watching football (and commercials) with your buddies while enjoying yummy food? Here are few ideas for your Super Bowl party. 

ONE// Use turf and spray paint to create a runner for your table. We used number stencils to create the one shown here. I linked a turf printed table cloth below too. 

TWO// Make mini pulled pork sandwiches and add a touch of our brown sugar and cinnamon cream to the sauce. Create a bar area with different toppings and sauces for guests to customize their sandwiches. 

THREE// Have a bar cart on hand for drinks for your guests. We used construction paper and a white paint pen to create drink labels that looked like football laces. 

FOUR// Make mini spiked milkshakes with our salted caramel cream. All you need is vanilla ice cream, Jackson Morgan in salted caramel, and whipped cream. 

FIVE// Use white icing to pipe football laces on brownie bites. Such an easy way to incorporate the football theme into the party.