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 

Halloween Bar Cart

Our Halloween party would not be complete without a bar cart. This bar cart is dripping with dried moss and full of treats for guests. For this party, I had a drink station and party favors on the bottom for easy access.

Decor

To keep with the theme of our Halloween party, I used black and white with touches of gold. My favorite Hester and Cook paper lined the cart to protect from any drink spills. I had a calligrapher write out “cocktails” and “please take a spooky treat” on paper bats. I filled a lantern with gold pumpkins and had cocktail recipe books out for guests to create their own drinks. A full size skeleton held a bowl of treats. Paper bats were placed around a black wreath for a spooky feel.

Drinks

I wanted this party to feel elevated so I used my crystal cut old fashion glasses. My skull decanter was the perfect vessel for whiskey. I had all the Jackson Morgan Southern Cream fall flavors out for cocktails. Lettermade has the cutest festive napkins for Halloween, which were a great addition to the bar cart. I also had to-go cups available for adults on trick or treating routes.

Treats

What is Halloween without candy for trick or treaters? I had a bowl of candy ready for guests young and old. I made a festive trail mix (recipe coming soon) and bagged in treat bags with a striped ribbon. For adults, I put two mini bottles in the bags tied with a ribbon.

Halloween Party Food

For the Halloween party, I wanted to keep the food easy for a drop in party with various seasonal appetizers and sweets. Hosting a party is a job itself, The Orderves Company was a lifesaver, they make appetizers that you keep in your freezer for when you need gourmet appetizers in a pinch. They are amazing for easy entertaining. The chicken and waffles and bacon wrapped dates were crowd favorites!

The Menu

  • Chicken and Waffles

  • Sweet Potato Biscuits with Grilled Ham

  • Saffron Arancini

  • Bacon Wrapped Dates

  • Butternut Squash Tarts with Goat Cheese and Pistachios

  • Chocolate Cupcakes

All photos Christy Wilson Photography.

Halloween Party

Halloween is such a playful holiday to host a party. I love the idea of a party on Halloween night for friends and family to visit while in route trick or treating with food and themed sweets for everyone, and of course Jackson Morgan cocktails for adults. You could easily move this set up outside if the weather is nice too!

Color Scheme

I wanted to elevate the traditional orange and black colors you normally see this time of year. Buffalo plaid seemed like the perfect fit for a causal yet elevated Halloween party. The bonus is the tablecloth and pumpkins will work all fall and into Thanksgiving. I used black and white tones with a touch of gold throughout the party for a cohesive look.

Decor

Different style pumpkins with flameless candles surrounded by dripping dried moss set the scene down the center of the table. Black taper candles and fake spider web around the chandelier gave a spooky feel perfect for Halloween night. Skeletons were posed on each side of the table, one with candy for trick or treaters.

Calligraphy

My philosophy is that everything looks better in calligraphy. I had a good friend write out where all the food and drinks were going to be placed on these whimsical paper bats from Hester and Cook. They are my go to for paper runners, placemats, place cards, etc. I used mini close pins to attach the “cocktail” bat to a wreath above the bar cart.

Stay tuned for more details from our Halloween shoot this month including recipes, cocktails, and party favors. You can shop the items from this party below.

All photos Christy Wilson Photography.

Catstudio Giveaway

Did you catch our cocktail recipe earlier this week with these fun glasses? Our friends at Catstudio make embroidered pillows, cups, linens, and more. We love their products for entertaining, tailgating, hostess gifts, etc.

Catstudio partnered with us for a fun giveaway! Show off your state pride with these fun Tennessee and Nashville glasses that are perfect for sipping on Jackson Morgan.

To enter to win a Nashville and Tennessee glass along with a few Jackson Morgan goodies, check out our Instagram or Facebook pages for details.

Cheers!

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.