Happy 4th of July from our family to yours! We hope you have a wonderful day and enjoy a cocktail or two.
Happy 4th of July from our family to yours! We hope you have a wonderful day and enjoy a cocktail or two.
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?
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!!
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).
Pimento Cheese and Crackers
Pulled Pork Sliders
Toppings (Slaw, Relish, Special Sauce, Mustard, Ketchup, Cheese, Bacon. Etc)
Mac and Cheese
Fries (Sweet Potato and Regular)
Jackson Morgan Spiked Root Beer Floats
Jackson Morgan Whipped Orange Milkshakes
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Style, Darcy 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
We are big fans of the Nashville Predators at the Jackson Morgan office. If you attend a game in the suites, you can order a Jackson Morgan treat off the dessert cart. We also do several tastings in the suite areas throughout the season. We love attending Preds games, but it is not always an option. Why not host a watch party at home?
I wanted to keep it easy with food, since hosting can be tough after the holiday season. I served deli sandwiches, popcorn, and cupcakes. The perfect food for watching a game. You could also have mini burgers, a cheese tray (always), hot dogs, or even pizza.
It is always thoughtful to have a few alcohol free options for guests. I keep cream soda or root beer on hand just in case. Jackson Morgan's banana pudding was the perfect drink to cheer on the Preds. Also, our drinking glasses have catfish etched on the glass, such a fun find from Beveled Edge in Nashville.
Since this was a hockey watching party, we did not need too much decor and I only decorated my trusty bar cart. I used a glass apothecary jar and filled it with hockey pucks. Nashville Lifestyles did a feature on the Preds in an old issue, so I used that on the bar cart as well. I also hung a yellow tassel garland across the front of the bar cart. So easy!
Jackson Morgan is a proud partner of the Nashville Predators.
Merry Christmas from the Jackson Morgan family to yours. We hope you have a wonderful holiday.
With the holiday season in full swing, I have been finishing up my Christmas shopping list. Here are a few items that would be perfect for the hostess gal in your life.
You cannot go wrong with anything from Nora Fleming, but I love this little trio dish. I have used it for taco toppings, hot chocolate bar, and even to hold jewelry. A fun spreader with festive cocktail napkins is always an easy gift. If you have more time to order gifts, this pretty monogram blanket scarf has become one of my favorites and I have even used it as a bar cart runner in the past.
This bluetooth karaoke machine was a huge hit at our Christmas party and would be a blast for Christmas morning too. I normally keep a few of Ashley Brooke Design's items on hand for any last minute gift exchanges. I love how versatile Coton Color's big striped bowl is and I plan on gifting it to my mom this year filled with a few smaller presents like Courtney Whitmore's book and Lisi Lerch tassel earrings.
My all time favorite gift for any occasion are Birdies Slippers. I wear mine all the time and love that you can still look stylish in slippers. Lastly, a bottle of Jackson Morgan peppermint mocha with a bow tied around it is a gift that will be enjoyed at any party.
What are you gifting this year?
It truly is the most wonderful time of the year! We had the best time decorating for Christmas a few weeks ago.
This year we decided to go with a traditional color scheme and tree. I linked several of the items we used for our decor below. I also like to incorporate fresh greenery in the tree to make my artificial tree look "real" and as an added bonus it smells amazing.
I love adding Jackson Morgan peppermint mocha cream to hot chocolate or coffee, to me it taste like Christmas in a cup. It has become a tradition to listen to Christmas music and drink spiked hot chocolate while decorating. What are your family's holiday traditions?
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From our family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving.
We hope you have a wonderful holiday.
I always love to hear what people serve for Thanksgiving. Here is our traditional menu that my mom has served for many years. Can y'all believe Thanksgiving is only a week away?
We hope your day is full of treats and cocktails.