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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Tips for Setting Up An Outdoor Movie Theater

Did you catch our Halloween outdoor movie theater post earlier this week? We wanted to dive into more of the technical details for recreating this at home. We learned a few tips and tricks along the way.

Screen Set Up

The set up for the outdoor theater is quite simple. All you need is an outdoor movie screen, projector, computer, HDMI cord, and an extension cord depending on your location. Set up the screen (the one we used is linked below) and tethered it to something substantial just in case there is wind. You can use sandbags or large containers filled with water to keep the screen in place. We discretely hid this behind the brick pillars for our movie night. You can also use a sheet or the side of a house or barn instead of a screen.

Technology

Place a projector a few feet away, and you may have to adjust the distance if the movie does not fill the screen. Make sure your projector is placed high enough, we stacked hay bales and set it on top. Using an HDMI cord connect your computer to the projector and mirror your computer screen with the movie playing. You can add wireless speakers if you want louder sound. We used a bluetooth speaker to stream the sound from the movie, but the computer would be loud enough for a small group of guests.

Hopefully with these tips, you will not have any issues setting up your own outdoor movie theater. Kick back, have a bowl of popcorn, and enjoy a cocktail with the movie.

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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.

Outfits for Tailgating

Does the team attire in your closet seem a little dated? It might be time to retire that ratty t-shirt and toss the stained sweatshirt. If you’re in the market for merchandise, check out these retailers to pick up some new gear for game day. 

  • Draper James Spirit Collection features inspired articles in team colors and spirited sayings like “Tailgates & Touchdowns” and “Go Ya’ll”.

  • Project 615 is a perfect pick for fans of the Volunteer State looking for tees, sweatshirts, and other threads for Tennessee natives. 

  • Gameday Couture offers a variety of everyday pieces like tops and bottoms, but also team accessories like jewelry, sunglasses, belts, and bags.

  • Crown and Ivy for Belk is a brand with the set-up to score great game day looks with go-to items like dresses, polos, tunics, and even quilted vests to cut the breeze coming off the field. 

  • Jackson Morgan Logo Tailgate Bag is ideal for hauling your gear to the game. Not sure if you grabbed everything? Take a quick convenient glance through the clear construction.

  • Jackson Morgan Checked Throw fights the chill on the field and keeps you cozy as a quarterback on the bottom of a victory pile-up after throwing the winning touchdown pass.

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Easy Tailgating Entertaining Pieces

If your family is like ours, you may not be keen on busting out the fine China for a football party. However, you know you need sturdy serve wear for such an occasion. For our tasty tailgating menu items, we trust a variety of melamine pieces from the Nora Fleming collection. This option is perfect for outdoor dining and casual entertaining while holding true to the quality and design the brand upholds. As a game day bonus, the mini beer and red party cup attachments are a nice finishing touch.

When space is limited, we rely on our special teams serving pieces to take the field and handle the situation. The captain of that squad is our tried-and-true tiered tray. Sturdy and strong, stock each shelf with mouth-watering appetizers, and then stack up the shelves to save space on the serving table. When the final buzzer blows, the tiered tray breaks down for easy traveling, and cleaning it is a cinch.

Our tailgate parties would not be the same without our versatile orange cooler. The fact that it rolls not only makes it easy to move around during the party if needed, but partygoers also will not have to risk being put on the injured list attempting to lift and haul the cooler around. It maintains temperature well and keeps drinks cold, while also offering a handy area to keep cups, straws, and other party accessories. Like any well-rounded player, our orange cooler is adaptable and brings a broad skillset to the playing field!

Please sip responsibly. You can shop this post below. All images Melissa Haithcock for Jackson Morgan Southern Cream. Special thanks to Flying Ham Rentals, The Flower Walls, Party Hat Paper Company, and Nora Fleming for partnering with us on this party.

Flying Ham Campers

Our rad retro-themed tailgate party with vintage vibes and decor is totally the bee’s knees! Friends and family always crush on the camper and claim that it is what truly sets the scene for our shindig. If you are hot to trot to feature one at your next event, we want to emphasize all the credit for the camper to the Flying Ham of Nashville, Tennessee. This camper is the perfect place to sip on Jackson Morgan Southern Cream cocktails.

The rental process could not be simpler. The Flying Ham offers two sizes of campers at two set prices. Both options will include all the bells and whistles, such as a TV with Blu-ray player, coffeemaker and mugs, even a record player to resound the retro feel, all with no hidden additional fees. Morgan and Ashley, the husband and wife team behind the company, have included a long list of amenities and helpful photos of even the inside of the campers on their website. The best part? Whether you are tailgating, glamping, or just hosting a good ole fashioned party - simply name your spot, and they will deliver the camper to your desired location.

Tubular Tidbit - The Flying Ham offers handmade gift certificates, custom created to fit your specific event (birthday, glamping, just because, etc). The holidays are just around the corner, check out theflyingham.com or shoot them an email at flyinghamrentals@gmail.com for more info.

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Tasty Tailgating Menu

Our family loves to get together, but we are not necessarily fans of spending a lot of time in the kitchen before the tailgate. Thus, we go for easy recipes that can be made ahead of time, or at the last minute, with a few healthy options alongside more indulgent treats. Read on for our game day game plan.

There are a few aspects of the stadium you may wish to replicate at your tailgate. For us, one of those is most definitely hot popcorn. Serve it salty and buttered, keep it light, or boozy with Jackson Morgan Southern Cream in salted caramel - you really cannot go wrong! Sometimes, when your mind is wound up in the game, it is just hard to decide what you want. In those moments, most of our friends and family reach for something to please both pleasures of the palate. A snack mix composed of pretzels, caramel popcorn, mini peanut butter cups, chocolate candies, and peanuts offers the indecisive snacker a grand little combination of sweet and salty.

Considering your guest list can also really help determine your menu. Those eating according to a specific diet or simply opting to snack light might also appreciate the option of a veggie tray served with a scrumptious dip or two. Queso at kickoff has always been a crowd-pleaser at our tailgate parties, especially when the cheese dip is served hot from our football crockpot.

Our whole family is known to dig into a bucket of chicken wings, but we do have our own seasoning preferences, so we like to cook up a few flavor possibilities to keep the home team happy. Turkey Roll-Ups are another tasty tradition. Even the most complicated item on the menu is super well-received and straightforward, so much, so they never seem to last until halftime! Caprese bites are heavenly little morsels of mozzarella, grape tomatoes, and basil leaves, all stacked on a kabob stick then drizzled with balsamic glaze. These might sound a little fancy for a football party, but they pair perfectly with punting the pigskin.

Don’t forget to serve up something to satisfy the sweet tooth. Our Jackson Morgan Southern Cream whipped orange cupcakes boast a winning record, they never disappoint. Stay close to the huddle and we will reveal this power play of a recipe soon!

Please sip responsibly. You can shop this post below. All images Melissa Haithcock for Jackson Morgan Southern Cream. Special thanks to Flying Ham Rentals, The Flower Walls, Party Hat Paper Company, and Nora Fleming for partnering with us on this party.

Tailgating Party Bar Set Up

Continuing the theme with our tailgating party at the family farm, we are sharing our bar set up today. What is a tailgate without a libation station? For our rad retro-themed tailgate, we broke out our Tennessee orange rolling cooler. Filled with our favorite beverages, this cooler keeps Jackson Morgan Southern Cream in whipped orange cream, salted caramel, and brown sugar at the perfect sipping temperature! This chilled chest offers plenty of space, so feel free to toss in some bottled non-alcoholic drinks like root beer and orange cream soda as well.

Our station is decked out in vintage team decor from a throwback Tennessee pennant, puffy pom poms, foam fingers, old school orange megaphone, and a crate full of footballs. Who doesn’t dig this snazzy referee balloon? This guy might turn into a punching bag before the end of the game, but we saw him at Party Hat Paper Company and invited him to the shindig.

Feel a little friendly competition coming on? Divide into teams and break out the boards and bags! We all know cornhole is better with cocktails, so mix up Jackson Morgan Southern Cream in cute custom cups that echo your theme. We scooped up these “Go Ya’ll” and “Tailgating with Jackson Morgan” reusable plastic containers with lids and straws from our friends at Party Hat Paper Company. They take the stress out of party planning so we can focus on family and fun!

Stay tuned to see the starting line up on our Tasty Tailgating Menu.

Please sip responsibly. You can shop this post below. All images Melissa Haithcock for Jackson Morgan Southern Cream. Special thanks to Flying Ham Rentals, The Flower Walls, Party Hat Paper Company, and Nora Fleming for partnering with us on this party.

Tailgating at the Farm

Our family loves getting together on game day. One of our favorite places to cheer on our team is this little piece of land with a great water view - Our Family Farm! Nestled in our hometown of Fayetteville, Tennessee, we love the look of our team colors reflecting off the smooth water of the pond. The farm is less crowded than a busy stadium, and far enough away that the neighbors cannot hear us contesting every questionable call. We enjoy having friends and family over to celebrate game day with cornhole, cocktails, and easy appetizers.

Venue

This time we took our tailgate game to a new level with a rad retro makeover! The vintage camper we rented from The Flying Ham in Nashville was spot on for this event. With its cozy set up, comfortable seating, and vintage vibe - you cannot go wrong renting one of these for your next event. We embraced the camper’s nostalgic feel and incorporated some old school gear in our decor as well. Sipping on something with a little extra pizzazz makes close games and overtimes a little more bearable, always keep some Jackson Morgan Southern Cream nearby.

Cocktails

Jackson Morgan Southern Cream in whipped orange cream is the perfect flavor for tailgating in Tennessee. Add ice and your favorite brand of Tennessee whiskey for am easy game day cocktail. Plastic tailgating cups with sayings such as “Go Y’all” and “Tailgating with Jackson Morgan” from Party Hat Paper Company made sipping cocktails even more festive. As the weather becomes colder, our family adds Jackson Morgan in salted caramel to the line up for spiked coffee or hot chocolate. Top with marshmallows for the best treat!

Decor

Set up was a snap with our Custom Party in a Box from Party Hat Paper Company. They chose party goods, signage, table cloth, cups, straws - the works, and it all came in our choice of color scheme: orange, green, and teal. The turf table runner was the perfect touch to pull it all together. Incorporating some larger than life pieces like the gold “Touchdown” balloons creates decor with a significant impact! Our family loves capturing memories at these good-time gatherings, so we also featured a boxwood wall with an orange T from The Flower Walls Nashville. Throw in some peppy pom poms, foam fingers, megaphone, and footballs as props, and you have the perfect photo backdrop. Stay tuned for more details from this fun tailgate including cocktail recipes, menu, and more.

Please sip responsibly. You can shop this post below. All images Melissa Haithcock for Jackson Morgan Southern Cream. Special thanks to Flying Ham Rentals, The Flower Walls, Party Hat Paper Company, and Nora Fleming for partnering with us on this party.

Favorite Shops for Statement Earrings

Every great hostess needs the perfect set of statement earrings. I often get asked my favorite shops for statement earrings. I am incredibly lucky that I have friends who are shop owners that carry the best products. Check out my top five, you can also shop this post below.

ONE// The Sandy Pearls. Amy Grace makes festive tassel earrings in several colors for every occasion. She also has a group that you can join to help with styling your accessories.

TWO// The Tiny Tassel. I went to college with Mimi and have always loved her festive earrings. How fun are the flamingos earrings?

THREE// Lisi Lerch. I have worn Lisi Lerch for years, her beaded tassel earrings make quite the statement with any outfit.

FOUR// Camilyn Beth. My sweet friends at Camilyn Beth just started carrying statement earrings to match their dresses, I love mine!

FIVE// Kendra Scott. This is my go to everyday earrings, I have the Elle earrings in several colors. I wear the white pair all summer long.

Boozy Ice Cream Tray

Did you catch our flatbread and boozy ice cream party on The Sip last week? It is the adult version of a pizza and ice cream party. For the party, I put together an ice cream tray. It is an easy way to serve a dessert that requires minimal effort during the hot summer months.

I included all the fun toppings for sundaes. I used chocolate caramel cookies, mini ice cream cones, brownie bites, peppermints, caramel chocolate squares, marshmallows, cherries, chocolate covered pretzels, peanut butter cups, waffle cone bowls, caramel sauce, chocolate syrup, and mini Jackson Morgan bottles for extra boozy sundaes. Guests could build personalized ice cream sundaes. It made the party extra fun.

To create this at home, utilize an oversized tray. I found an antique wooden soda crate and linked a similar one below. Line the tray with paper or plastic wrap to keep your toppings from leaking through the bottom. I arranged extra paper from the table runner. Then layer in your large items first and fill with your favorite ice cream toppings. Keep your ice cream containers and mini ice cream cones in the freezer until you are ready to serve.

The recipes for boozy ice cream are coming to The Sip blog soon, stay tuned.

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Flatbread and Ice Cream Party Bar Cart

Can you tell I have loved having this outdoor bar cart this summer? I have used it for hosting several fun parties. It is nice to have a designated drink station since our outdoor table is not huge.

For the bar cart for the flatbread and boozy ice cream party, I kept things plain since it was a causal affair. I had a small flower arrangement, Jackson Morgan Southern Cream, straws, and cups. It has been crazy humid in Tennessee the last couple of weeks, and I added lemon water to help guests cool off. I also use the bar cart to hold the dessert cups for boozy ice cream.

I found this mason jar set that included a carrier to make transporting drinks inside and out easier. The whipped orange cream flavor of Jackson Morgan is my top pick for summer. It is refreshing and tastes like a melted orange milkshake. The playful lemon wedge napkins are always fun for Summer parties. One of my hosting tricks for outdoor entertaining is to include an outdoor rug, I love this round rug for my outdoor bar area.

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Flatbread and Boozy Ice Cream Party

Who else had pizza and ice cream parties growing up? We took an adult spin with the party theme and hosted a grilled flatbread and boozy ice cream party, the perfect party for the middle of summer. My brother, Jackson, had no complaints about being the taste tester for the boozy ice cream.

Color Scheme

Since it was an outdoor party, I wanted cheerful colors. The rainbow table runner set the scene followed by the bright yellow watering can as a flower vase. I used basic white hydrangeas from the grocery store for flowers, I always keep a few of these around the house during the summer months for impromptu gatherings. Pink silverware and colorful napkins added to the color scheme.

Menu

With the help of the Big Green Egg, we grilled flatbreads for an elevated pizza party. Along with the pizza, I served an easy Caesar salad. I had toppings for the pizza by the grill for a build your own pizza. Fresh basil in a mason jar, mozzarella, tomatoes, olive oil, and pepperonis was the base for the pizzas. You can add any of your favorite pizza toppings. For dessert, we served boozy ice cream and festive toppings for sundaes. The boozy ice cream recipes are coming soon to The Sip.

Tablescape

I wanted to keep the decor simple for this table. I used a colorful paper Hester and Cook runner as the base. Instead of traditional plates, I used wooden serving boards. These boards look like mini pizza paddles and could double as a party favor for guests. If given the option, I always go for melamine serving dishes and cups when hosting outside to minimize broken pieces. I adore Sugar and Cloth’s line on Amazon for tableware. The silverware, straws, napkins, and ice cream coupes are all disposable without looking inexpensive, this makes clean up a breeze too.

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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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Outdoor Entertaining Essentials

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

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

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

Cheers!

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

Mother's Day Gift Guide

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

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

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

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

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

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

Outdoor Brunch Bar Cart

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

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

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

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

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

Mother's Day Party Favors

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

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

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

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

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

Mother's Day Outdoor Brunch

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

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

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

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

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