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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.

Please sip responsibly. You can shop this post below. All images Melissa Haithcock for Jackson Morgan Southern Cream.

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.

Easter Bar Cart

I loved our Easter brunch party post on The Sip earlier this week. Today, I am sharing all the details about the bar cart. When spring arrives, I cannot wait to create cocktails with Jackson Morgan Southern Cream in peaches and cream and banana pudding flavors. In the past, I have incorporated edible flowers to garnish spring cocktails, which is a fun addition.

When I first discovered this floral art print from Inslee, I knew it would look stunning over my bar cart in a gold frame. I filled a glass hurricane with metallic egg vase filler to match the tablescape. After running out of table space, I served carrot cake cupcakes on the bar cart. My trusty Nora Fleming napkin holder with the adorable rain boots mini held “Happy Easter” napkins for guests to use when creating cocktails or snacking on a cupcake.

On the bottom, I put together a small floral arrangement with flowers from a local flower mart. Instead of displaying the flowers in a traditional glass vase, I used a monogrammed champagne bucket from Sasha Nicholas. My “adult” Easter basket was full of candy and treats.

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

Spring Bar Cart

Spring is in the air we could not be happier. The bar cart from our spring brunch party was the perfect way to get us in the mood for a new season. My favorite way to use a bar cart is for drinks and favors. I served Jackson Morgan Southern Cream in whipped orange cream and used the 375 mL bottle as party favors, more details about the favors can be found on this blog post. There is something about citrus flavored drinks that screams spring.

When decorating a bar cart, I like to incorporate the same color scheme from the tablescape. The classic blue and white color combination paired with pops of orange was a personal favorite theme for me. I used extra oranges from our orange tree, check out the DIY here, in a pretty bowl for guests to use to garnish their drinks. I found these vintage orange glasses at a local antique store in my hometown.

This adorable bar sign from Ruthie and Oliver letterpress said “Orange you Delightful” and was lovely in addition to the fun print by Inslee. Do not be afraid to layer art and go bold with a large art print, it makes such a statement. I pulled up one of my well-loved Society Social bow back chairs and paired with a coordinating pillow. When hosting a party, I like to shop my home first and see if I already own any pieces that would be an excellent accessory for my table or bar cart. You can shop this post below.

Cheers!

Special thanks to Society Social, Nora Fleming, Ruthie and Oliver Letterpress for partnering with us on this party. Please sip responsibility. All images Christy Wilson Designs.

Valentine's Day Bar Cart

Did you catch our Valentine’s Day soirée earlier this week? I am sharing our bar cart today from the party. I prefer to have a designated cocktail spot for guests to mix up drinks so they feel comfortable to serve themselves when their drink needs refreshing. I also use my bar cart to store liquor in my dining room and change out the decor seasonally.

For this party, I served Jackson Morgan Southern Cream in salted caramel and peppermint mocha. I added a few of my favorite liquors on the bottom that I felt would mix well with these flavors including a vodka and whiskey. I keep sparkling water on hand too in case any guests need non alcoholic refreshments.

I used the crest from the Dixie Designs invitation to create an art piece that incorporated the invitation design on the bar cart. The heart coffee mugs were perfect for spiked coffee or hot chocolate. Lettermade linen napkins in blush and red stripe were great for sipping cocktails. Although I am not a fan of candy hearts, I love the way they look so I placed them in fancy footed dish for decor. It is no secret we love Pizzazzerie, her book was the perfect bar book. I also think it would make a cute Valentine’s Day gift especially paired with a bottle of Jackson Morgan.

On the bottom, I had a mirrored tray with liquor, simple syrup, candle, mini. boxwood, and a cocktail shaker, I used the remaining ranunculus flowers from the table centerpiece and created this arrangement with pieces of boxwood. Stay tuned for cocktail recipes from our brunch.

All images Christy Wilson Photography. You can shop this post below. Special thanks to Juliska and Mostess Box for partnering with us on this party.

Winter Dinner Party Bar Cart

We have shared our Winter Dinner Party with Mostess box last week. Earlier this week, we shared details about the menu. Now it is time for the bar cart.

I always get questions about how to style a bar cart. My biggest tip is not to over think it. Hang a festive wreath, add a few books, your favorite liquors, and a few pretty glasses. You want the the bar cart to be functional as well as pretty.

For winter, I used a pinecone wreath to incorporate the pinecone theme from the table. I layered a few of my favorite winter cocktail books with bottles of Jackson Morgan. In the Mostess Box, I received this mini decanter, gold tray, and pinecone gift tags. On the bottom, I used my beloved Sasha Nicholas champagne bucket as a pot for this faux pine tree, you may remember these from my Christmas tablescape a few years ago.

Since it was a cozy night in, I wanted to serve a decedent martini. I rimmed these pretty Juliska martini glasses with chocolate and crushed peppermint before guests arrived to save time when preparing cocktails. The gold tray worked great for serving drinks for the table. Stay tuned for cocktail recipes coming next week.

Thank you to Mostess Box for partnering with us on this post. 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.

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

All images Christy Wilson Photography, you can shop this post below.

Friendsgiving Bar Cart

Earlier this month, we shared our Friendsgiving party. What is a party without cocktails? It is no secret that I love a bar cart. I have used mine as a pie bar, biscuit bar, hot chocolate station, and even a place to store party favors.

For our Friendsgiving bar, I wanted to have a station for guests to make their own cocktails. I made sure to include different types of liquor along with our fall flavors of Jackson Morgan Southern Cream. I added a few fall staples such as cinnamon sticks and winter liquor favorites. Since this was a tasting party, the main cocktails were on the table on the tasting papers and the bar cart stored extra for anyone that wanted something different to sip on.

I kept the dripping dried moss and glass pumpkins from our Halloween party and used it on the bottom of the cart with liquor and pumpkins, since the holiday season goes by quickly I try to purchase decor that will work with several holidays. To tie in the table theme, I included napkins that coordinated with the table runner. A battery operated candle inside of a large glass pumpkin completed the cart.

Cheers!

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.

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. 

 

 

 

Banana Pudding Predators Cocktail

Earlier this week, we shared how to host a hockey watch party. For any party, you need any easy cocktail to serve your guests. This banana pudding cocktail is a great option to serve while watching the Preds or any sports game. 

Banana Pudding Predators Cocktail

Ingredients:

2 oz Jackson Morgan Southern Cream in banana pudding

1 oz Vanilla Vodka  

Ice

Directions:

In a cocktail shaker combine banana pudding cream and vanilla vodka. Shake well. Strain over fresh ice. 

Jackson Morgan is a proud partner of the Nashville Predators.  

Cheers! 

How to Host a Hockey Watch 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? 

Food

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. 

Drinks

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

Decor

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.  

New Year's Bar Cart

There is something special about celebrating the New Year, all the glitter and excitement around a fresh start. My favorite way to celebrate is staying in with friends with my bar cart handy for drinks and sweets. 

Now for the details on the bar cart. Black, white, and a touch of gold screams New Year’s Eve. This bar cart is a World Market find from a few months ago. I found this adorable star banner on Amazon. I have had my eyes on these fun champagne glasses from Anthropologie for a few months now and finally purchased them for New Year’s. The gold scalloped plates are from Waiting on Martha and the gold forks are from Target. To pull everything together, I used several different sized cake stands to create a tiered tray to hold desserts. 

As for sweets, I had truffles, gold wrapped candies, cookies, macarons, and cupcakes. To be honest, I cheated with the cupcakes by buying them from my local grocery store and topping with fancy sprinkles from Texan Sprinkles. Most people traditionally drink champagne on NYE, but at our house, Jackson Morgan salted caramel cream is the drink of choice. 

ow let’s chat party favors. I saw these gold favor boxes from Swoozies and knew they would make the perfect favor boxes. I put gold foiled macarons in these pretty boxes as favors for each guest. No NYE party is complete without party hats and blowers which double as a take home gift too. 

Abigail T made this beautiful calligraphy banner. I moved the bar cart to create an instant photo booth to capture fun memories. These balloons were a Target dollar bin find. I used Jackson Morgan bottles instead of the tradition balloon weights to create some flair for the photo booth. My outfit from Draper James could not have matched the party any better.

These adorable striped pieces from Coton Colors are a staple at my house, I change out the attachments for each season. The champagne bottle attachment normally stays on all year because why not celebrate everyday? I filled the cookie jar with black and white cookies for an extra treat. You can shop this post below. 

How do you spend New Year's Eve? 

Spring Bar Refresh

Spring

Although it is still technically winter, this weekend temperatures were in the 70's in Tennessee, which means it is time to add a few touches of spring to my bar area. Jackson Morgan's newest flavor, banana pudding is the perfect spring drink and looks lovely on any bar.

Below are a few of my favorite items to refresh your bar area for spring, I LOVE the pineapple decanter and adorable Easter pillow. A boxwood wreath is always a favorite, new artwork can freshen up any space, and paper straws are an inexpensive way to change decor with the seasons. The navy bar from Serena and Lily is part bar cart and part party bucket which will transition well for summer entertaining. 

What is your favorite decor items to freshen up your home with the seasons? 

DIY Super Bowl Brownies

These easy DIY brownies are fun for Super Bowl parties or even tailgating. 

Super Bowl Brownies

Super Bowl Bar Cart

I have never been much of a football fan, but like any southern gal I love entertaining for big games like the Super Bowl and of course tailgating. No football party would be complete without sweets and tasty cocktails. I love to pair desserts and cocktails together on a bar cart. It adds a fun flair to parties. 

For the Super Bowl next weekend, I whipped up these mini salted caramel milkshakes (see recipe below) which paired quite nicely with Brightside Bakeshop's salted caramel rolls (she spiked with Jackson Morgan just for us). I also made mini brownie bites and piped white icing to make them look like footballs, which is so easy and makes for a fun dessert. 


 

Spiked Mini Salted Caramel Milkshakes

 

Thanks to Brightside Bakeshop for partnering with us. 


 

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Thanksgiving Pie Bar Cart

I love a bar cart loaded with cocktails, but I really love a pie bar cart! For my Friendsgiving party I used my bart cart to serve all of our tasty desserts. I also had my guest's party favors on the cart.

We had pumpkin and pecan pie (spiked with Jackson Morgan as always). For my full Friendsgiving party, check out the original post here. 

Cheers! 

Morgan  

Valentine's Day Coffee/ Hot Chocolate Bar

For Valentine's Day this year, we hosted a Valentine's Day brunch. Our coffee and hot chocolate bar was huge hit! Guests had the option of fresh brewed coffee or hot chocolate as a base. We then had three Jackson Morgan flavors to choose from with festive toppings such as marshmallows, graham crackers, and chocolate hearts. We used our favorite whimsical Ashley Brooke Designs mugs to complete the affair. This is an easy set up for Valentine's Day this weekend. Several of the items we used on our coffee bar are also in our Valentine's Day giveaway. Enter to win these gold foiled napkins and an ABD mug here