Halloween Movie Popcorn Bar

Whether you are hosting an outdoor movie marathon with friends or cuddling with the fam on the couch to catch your favorite fall flick, we all know a snack station is an absolute must. Can’t decide what to serve? I think critics would agree, you can’t go wrong with a movie theater tradition like popcorn!

At our popcorn bar, we offer movie-goers two flavors: buttered and caramel (boozy). This self-service style station features the popcorn nestled into handy harvest baskets with flavor choices clearly labeled for a simple scoop-and-go set up. Keep the tradition going with theater-inspired single-serve striped popcorn bags or buckets. Snackers can also feel free to scoop up some toppings from our tray, like mini peanut butter cups, candy pumpkins, candy corn, or chocolate candies and sprinkle them onto their popcorn as a sweet garnish. Depending on your friends and family, they might consider it a feature film fail to forget the movie candies, so know your audience and plan accordingly. 

Now Showing! Let viewers know what will be projected on the big screen by announcing the movie of the evening on a letterboard. If the film choice is a surprise, or if guests cast votes on which flick to watch, hosts could perform a reveal of the picture title on the letterboard for added Hollywood-style dramatic emphasis. Our letterboard is traditional in black and white pairs perfectly with our color scheme for this particular party. We opted for striped popcorn containers, serving baskets, signs, labels, serve wear, and gingham table throw also in black and white. Glints and gleams of color pop in with tinted glass and plump pumpkins throughout, not to mention our colorful assortment of candies on the snack bar.

Just like at the theater, you hope interruptions and distractions during the show are minimal. Think ahead and prevent friends from calling out to you from the snack bar as they try to remember where the boozy caramel popcorn is by creating signs or tags for items and flavors. Worried no one could decipher your chicken scratch writing? Whenever a need for signage pops up, we opt to feature hand-lettered signs by Ruthie and Oliver Letterpress. The wording is always clearly legible and the font is spirited, and Erica (owner) is a wiz at brush lettering.

On the same token, when the setting is dark, it is beneficial to offer a little lighting at your popcorn bar to prevent any crashes or snack-cidents. We use and abuse our battery-operated candles at events like this, they are so versatile and offer just enough light to be helpful and functional, yet not demanding or distracting. To add a decorative element, place the candles inside clear or tinted glass jars or festive shapes like pumpkins or witch’s cauldrons.

Sometimes it’s the tiny touches that make moments memorable. For our family, a few of us really feel like the striped popcorn containers truly set the tone. Others adored the subtle witch hat printed napkins we picked up from Lettermade. (Tip: Without a date or specific event title and sticking with a simple emblem, we can utilize these bewitching bev naps at other spooky shindigs.)

Anxious to sink your fangs into our boozy version of caramel popcorn? It’s a cliffhanger! Stay tuned… the recipe is coming up next!

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Halloween Outdoor Movie Theater

In place of a traditional Halloween gathering, I opted for a casual outdoor movie party at our family's farm showing a black and white movie. Hay bales topped with Jackson Morgan Southern Cream throw blankets, leftover fabric, and outdoor pillows were the ideal seating arrangements for movie viewing.

Food Stations

For this party, I had a bar cart as a drink station with premade Jackson Morgan cocktails on ice ready to go for when guests arrived. The whipped orange cream, salted caramel, and brown sugar and cinnamon are my top fall flavors. I also created a popcorn bar with boozy salted caramel popcorn and buttered popcorn. Candy corn, candy pumpkins, mini peanut butter cups, chocolate candies, and more were served as popcorn toppings for movie enjoying.

Movie Suggestions

We are not big scary movie fans in our family, so I opted for a black and white version of Frankenstein. A few other contenders were Hocus Pocus, The Addams Family, Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone, Charlie Brown and The Great Pumpkin, Practical Magic, and Ghostbusters.

Decor

I kept to a traditional black and white color scheme. To make the movie screen more spooky, we added giant spiders to the screen and a fog machine. I placed a few skeletons around to “enjoy” the movie as well. As with any entertaining during the fall season, I added a few pumpkins around the space. In large lanterns, I placed battery candles to help with lighting along with string lighting.

Stay tuned for more posts about this Halloween movie party.

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Favorite Halloween Hosting Staples

Image via Christy Wilson Photography for Jackson Morgan Southern Cream

Image via Christy Wilson Photography for Jackson Morgan Southern Cream

ONE// Mark and Graham’s Celebration Bowl. Add dry ice for a spooky way to keep drinks cold.

TWO// Skeleton Prop. This skeleton can be posed, such a fun prop for Halloween parties and decor.

THREE// When It Rains Paper’s Cheers Witches Cups. The perfect cups to sip on Halloween cocktails.

FOUR// Elizabeth Rose Design’s Spider Web Tags. Gift tags for party favors, hostess gifts, or boozy baked goods.

FIVE// Nora Fleming Pumpkin Mini. A carved pumpkin mini to use with any of Nora Fleming’s serving pieces.

SIX// Grandin Road’s Halloween Plates. Festive plates for Halloween parties.

SEVEN// Skull Ice Cube Tray. Make spooky ice cubes for cocktails.

Fall Recipe Round Up

ONE// PMQ for Two’s Pumpkin Spice Pudding Shots. Pumpkin Spice pudding shots made with Jackson Morgan Southern Cream in southern bread pudding.

TWO// Southern Fatty’s Whiskey Caramel Popcorn. Boozy popcorn made with Jackson Morgan Southern Cream in bread pudding.

THREE// Everyday Party Magazine’s Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Donuts. Jackson Morgan in brown sugar and cinnamon spiked donuts.

FOUR// Foxes Love Lemon’s Brown Sugar and Cinnamon White Russians. Fall cocktail made with Jackson Morgan in brown sugar and cinnamon.

FIVE// Southern Fatty’s Whiskey Cream Eclairs. Decadent dessert made with Jackson Morgan in brown sugar and cinnamon

SIX// The Shared Sip’s Cozy Cocktails. Two tasty Jackson Morgan cocktail recipes.

SEVEN// Cedar and Rush’s Easy Fall Cocktails. Fall Jackson Morgan cocktails for by the fire.

EIGHT// Certified Celebrator’s Candy Corn Cocktail. Halloween cocktail made with Jackson Morgan in whipped orange cream.

Happy 4th of July

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From our family to yours, hope you have a wonderful 4th of July. If you are looking for hosting or recipe inspiration, check out our posts from this week.

Cheers!

Spiked Strawberry Banana Icebox Cake

For our 4th of July party, I wanted to serve a dessert that was easy to make, pretty, and boozy. This spiked Strawberry Banana Icebox cake hit all those marks. It helps too that you store it in your freezer so you can make ahead and do not have to worry about it before the party starts.

Spiked Strawberry Banana Icebox Cake

Ingredients:

1 Box of Instant Banana Pudding Mix

1/2 Cup Jackson Morgan Southern Cream in Banana Pudding, cold

1 1/2 Cup Milk, cold

1 Can Sweetened Condensed Milk

2 (8 ounces) Containers Frozen Whipped Topping, thawed

4 Tablespoons Powdered Sugar

8 oz Block Cream Cheese, softened

1 Box Graham Crackers

2 Cups Strawberries, sliced

4 Bananas, sliced

Directions:

Gather all of your ingredients and a 9-inch square freezer safe dish. Make the pudding first according to the instructions on the box, but substitute 1/2 cup of Jackson Morgan Southern Cream in banana pudding for the milk. Mix the remainder of the milk with the pudding mix until a pudding consistency forms, set aside. You can add more Jackson Morgan instead of milk if you prefer for it to be boozier.

Next using an electric mixer fitted with a flat beater, beat sweetened condensed milk and cream cheese on medium-low speed until smooth. Using a rubber spatula, fold in one 8 ounce thawed whipped topping container into the cream cheese condensed milk mixture. Then add in the pudding and mix until well combined.

To assemble the icebox cake, layer the bottom of the dish with graham crackers, you may need to break a few graham crackers to cover the bottom of the dish fully. Then add a layer of sliced bananas and sliced strawberries. Pour 1/3 of the cream cheese condensed milk pudding mixture over the top of the fruit. Repeat until you fill your dish to the top. Put the icebox cake in the freezer while you make the whipped topping icing.

Using an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, whisk powdered sugar and remaining thawed whipped topping together until smooth on medium-low speed. Remove cake from freezer, spread a small layer of whipped topping icing across the top of the cake. With the remaining icing, add to a pipping bag and cut a small opening in the bag. Carefully pipe straight lines of whipped topping icing across the top of the cake. Then add sliced strawberries between the lines. Freeze overnight. Remove from freezer for 30 minutes before enjoying.

Notes:

You may have leftover pudding, which you can use to make mini boozy banana puddings with vanilla wafers.

Cheers!

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4th of July Party Favors

Happy Wednesday! For our 4th of July party, I wanted a festive party favor for guests to take home after the party. No matter how old you are, everyone loves a party favor.

I found striped treat cups and filled with red paper shred. I linked a few similar options below. I added confetti poppers, pop-its, red striped sunglasses, and a mini bottle of Jackson Morgan Southern Cream. These favors were low cost and easy to put together.

What are your favorite party favors for the 4th of July?

Cheers!

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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.

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Adult Easter Basket

Easter baskets are not just for children. In my family, we still give each other Easter baskets from the “Easter Bunny” even though we are grown. Our dogs usually get a treat too. On the bar cart from our Easter brunch party, I included a basket of my favorite things and Easter candy for guests to enjoy. I love the idea of dropping a basket full of Easter surprises on a neighbor’s doorstep too. Here are the items we included in our basket, you can personalize and add anything from a cocktail shaker to decorated cookies depending on the recipient's tastes. I linked a few of my favorite fancy Easter candies below.

Adult Easter Basket

Jackson Morgan Southern Cream in banana pudding

Assorted Easter Candy (chocolate bunny, jelly beans, etc.)

Sparkling Soda

Magazines

Ruthie and Oliver Letterpress Card

Cheers!

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

Valentine's Day Gift Idea

Happy Valentine’s Day! After becoming a member of Certified Celebrator’s Sprinkle Sister program, I have been thinking about ways to intentionally love on other people. Valentine’s Day is a great excuse to put together gifts for your loved ones. This gift basket could be dropped off at friend, coworker, neighbor, or family member’s house to spread love on Valentine’s Day. I went with a spiked hot chocolate themed gift basket, but you can make this your own with other themes.

Valentine’s Day Gift

Supplies:

Jackson Morgan Southern Cream in peppermint mocha

Gift Basket

Paper Shreds

Paper Coffee Cups

Red Jackson Morgan Southern Cream Stone Coffee Mug, Available here

Peppermint Sticks

Marshmallows

Treat Bags

Hot Chocolate Packets

Festive Cocktail Napkins

Gift Tag

Ribbon


Directions:

Gather your supplies and place paper shreds in the bottom of the basket or bin. I love these pre assembled gift baskets linked below to keep things simple. Add in your items, I tied a Dixie Design’s gift tag to the Jackson Morgan bottle with pom-pom ribbon I found at a local craft store.

I used treat bags for marshmallows and tied with a pretty ribbon. The paper coffee mugs from Natalie Chang were adorable in the basket. I also loved the Breathless Paper “Totally Unnecessary Cocktail” napkins. After you place everything in the basket, drop off on someone’s doorstep for a fun surprise.

If you are looking to gift something on a smaller scale, the paper coffee mugs filled with paper shreds and a mini Jackson Morgan bottle also makes a thoughtful gift.

Cheers! 

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Drunken Donuts

You have have noticed a new collaboration around our social media pages. Jackson Morgan is thrilled to be included on Drunken Donuts Nashville’s menu. Drunken Donuts combines two of our favorite things, donuts and booze. These tasty boozy donuts are available in seasonal flavors that change regularly. You can only get these in the Nashville area for now.

I included the Jackson Morgan Southern Cream peppermint mocha and salted caramel chocolate pretzel donuts in our Valentine’s Day brunch. You could easily gift these donuts with a clear treat bag, fun ribbon, and a cute gift tag. It would be such a great Valentine’s Day gift for girlfriends or coworkers. I always love to top a paper straw with one of these donuts as a drink garnish for iced coffee cocktails too. The options are endless.

To learn more about Drunken Donuts, check out their website here. Next time you are in the Nashville area, grab a box!

All images Christy Wilson Photography.

New Year's Eve Bar Cart

Happy New Year’s Eve!

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

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

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

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

Merry Christmas

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Merry Christmas from our family to yours. Enjoy a spiked hot chocolate and time with family.

Cheers!

New Company Store Items

We added several fun items to our company store. Our company store sells merchandise such as t-shirts, coffee mugs, etc that have Jackson Morgan’s logo on it. The new arrivals would make great Christmas or Valentine’s Day gifts.

My personal favorites are the fleece pullover and ornaments. I plan on attaching the ornaments to gifts this Christmas as a gift topper. Check out our company store for these new arrivals and old favorites.

ONE// Ornaments in White, Green, and Red

TWO// Bar Tool Set

THREE// Travel Coffee Mug in Red or White

FOUR// Gray Check Sherpa Blanket

FIVE// Coffee Mugs in Red and White

SIX // Checked Fringe Blankets in Tan or Red

SEVEN// Fleece Pullover in Pink and Tan

EIGHT// Wooden Cheese Boards

Predators Hockey Tickets Giveaway!

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

Today, our team is giving away two lower bowl tickets to the Predators hockey game on 12/29 against the New York Rangers.

Stop by our Instagram or Facebook at 4pm to see details on how to enter. Winner will be announced next Tuesday (12/18).

Christmas Brunch Menu

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

Menu

Bagels and Cream Cheese from Proper Bagel

Brioche and Croissants from Brightside Bakery

Assorted Biscuits from Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit

Fruit

Donuts


Christmas Brunch Bar Cart

Did you catch our Christmas brunch from earlier this week? To keep the spirits going, we are sharing our bar cart from the brunch Christmas party.

I had the food on the table as a buffet style and needed an area for guests to make their drinks for the party. On the bar cart, I had a hot chocolate station complete with festive toppings. I used a red hot water kettle to keep the hot chocolate warm and easy for serving. A three tiered tray kept all the garnishes organized. I used our red coffee mugs and mini Santa coffee mugs for displaying the extra toppings.

Jackson Morgan peppermint mocha was on the bottom of the bar cart for a spiked hot chocolate option. I like to give my guests the opportunity to make their own cocktails and customize with unique garnishes. Another great reason for using a bar cart is you can roll it next to the tree for drink refills when opening presents.

Christmas Hot Chocolate Toppings

  • Mini Marshmallows

  • Mini Gingerbread Houses

  • Peppermint Bark

  • Peppermint Spoons

  • Peppermint Cookies

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Christmas Brunch

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

Decor

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

Menu

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

Color Scheme

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

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

All Images Christy Wilson Photography.

Happy Thanksgiving

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From our family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!

We hope you enjoy time with family and a cocktail or two to celebrate the holiday.

Cheers!

Pumpkin Staub Giveaway!

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

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

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

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

Cheers!