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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.

Boozy Orange Chocolate Scones

Chocolate and orange are such delicious flavors when combined. For our spring brunch, I served boozy orange chocolate scones. You can also substitute cranberries for chocolate if you prefer a fruity scone. These decadent scones served with a glass of Jackson Morgan Southern Cream in whipped orange is a tasty happy hour treat.

Boozy Orange Chocolate Scones

Ingredients:

2 Cups All Purpose Flour

3 Tablespoons Granulated Sugar, additional 1 Tablespoon for Sprinkling

1 Tablespoon Baking Powder

1/4 Teaspoon Salt

5 Tablespoons Salted Butter, Frozen

3/4 Cup Chocolate Chunks

Zest of 1 Orange

3/4 Cup Heavy Cream, plus 2 Tablespoons for Brushing

1/4 Cup Jackson Morgan Southern Cream in whipped orange

1 Cup Powdered Sugar

2 Tablespoons Orange Juice

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. In a large bowl, mix together dry ingredients (Flour, Baking Powder, and Salt) excluding the extra sugar for sprinkling. Using a cheese grater, grate the frozen butter. Slowly mix in the grated frozen butter into the bowl with the dry ingredients If you prefer, you can use a pastry cutter with cold butter instead of frozen. Add in the chocolate chunks and orange zest.

Next, add the heavy cream (excluding the 2 tablespoons for brushing) and Jackson Morgan Southern Cream to the mixture. Stir slowly and be careful not to over mix. After combined, place dough on a floured pastry mat. Knead a few times with floured hands until a dough ball forms. Next, using hands form into an 8-inch circle. Cut pie shaped triangles out of the circle.

Place triangles on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Put pan with scones in the freezer for 30 minutes to allow the scones to rest before baking. After 30 minutes, remove from freezer, using a pastry brush, brush the scones with heavy cream and sprinkle with course sugar. Bake for 12 minutes or until golden.

While waiting for the scones to cool, make the glaze. Combine powdered sugar and orange juice until you have a thick glaze, if not thick enough you can add more sugar. Once scones are cooled, drizzle glaze on top of the scones and enjoy!

Cheers!

Recipe Slightly Adapted from Elisabeth and Butter. Christy Wilson Photography.

Spiked Peppermint Mocha Iced Coffee

This easy peppermint cocktail is perfect for a boozy brunch. You can set up a bar with different flavors of Jackson Morgan Southern Cream and encourage guests to create their own cocktail. For garnishes, include mini donuts, chocolate syrup, caramel syrup, simple syrup, and fun paper straws.

Peppermint Mocha Iced Coffee

Ingredients:

6 oz Iced Coffee

1 1/2 oz Jackson Morgan Southern Cream in Peppermint Mocha

Peppermint Mocha Donut from Drunken Donut, garnish

Directions:

In a glass with ice, pour in your favorite iced coffee. Then add Jackson Morgan Southern Cream in peppermint mocha. Top with a festive paper straw and donut on the straw. Enjoy!

Cheers!

All Photos Christy Wilson Photography

Valentine's Day Boozy Heart French Toast

Did you catch all of our Valentine’s Day soirée posts? No brunch is complete without trench toast, especially if made boozy with Jackson Morgan Southern Cream. I followed our Salted Caramel French toast recipe, the step by step video can be found here, but made a few tweaks to make it more festive for Valentine’s Day.

Salted Caramel French Toast

Ingredients:

Loaf of Brioche Bread 

3 Eggs 

1 Tablespoon Sugar 

3/4 Cup Heavy Cream

1/4 Jackson Morgan Salted Caramel 

1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract 

Pinch of Salt 

4 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter 

Caramel Sauce (for garnish) 

Maple Syrup (for garnish) 

Strawberries cut into Hearts (for garnish)


Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a shallow dish. whisk eggs, sugar, heavy cream, Jackson Morgan salted caramel, vanilla extract, and salt, set aside. Cut brioche bread into half inch slices then use a heart cookie cutter to cut out hearts from each brioche bread slice.

2. In a skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of butter on medium high heat until bubbly. Dip bread in the egg mixture, then add to the skillet until golden on each side. Continue until all pieces of bread have been cooked, you may need to add the remaining butter to keep the bread from sticking to the pan. 

3. Add bread to a oven safe pan. Bake for 5 minutes. 

4. To serve, drizzle with caramel sauce, maple syrup, and top with strawberries cut into hearts.

Cheers! 

Valentine's Day Soirée

Whether you love Valentine’s Day or hate it, it is always fun to have loved ones over for brunch. For Valentine’s Day this year, I opted for a festive brunch. You can celebrate Galentine’s Day with your girlfriends or scale this back for a brunch party for two on Valentine’s Day weekend. Valentine’s Day is the last holiday for our peppermint mocha cream until the holidays roll back around and a brunch felt like a proper send off for one of our most beloved flavors.

Color Scheme

I wanted a softer feel than traditional red and white colors for this brunch party. I opted for blush and white with pops of red. The boxwood wreaths added a fresh pop of green to the soirée and were a Target find. The invitation from Dixie Designs inspired the tablescape. I love using real invitations, it adds a nice touch to a party. I used the gift tags from the paper suite for Jackson Morgan mini bottles for the party favors.

Table

Since the India Armory tablecloth was a print, I kept the centerpiece simple with mini mason jars filled with stunning ranunculus flowers in blush pink. I tied mini boxwood wreaths to the chairs with blush velvet ribbon to match the larger wreath over the bar cart. The heart appetizer plates from Juliska were one of my favorite details. I used mini cake stands to display individual cakes next to each place setting.

Menu

I kept with a traditional bunch menu. Apple hand pies with pink icing (an adult pop tart), spinach quiche, fried chicken and waffles, fresh fruit, spiked Jackson Morgan salted caramel pancakes (recipe coming soon), heart sugar cookies, mini pink layer cakes, biscotti, assorted croissants, Jackson Morgan spiked Drunken Donuts, cinnamon rolls (topped with red and pink sprinkles), and biscuits with maple pecan butter.

All images Christy Wilson Photography, you can shop this post below. Special thanks to Juliska, Nora Fleming, and Drunken Donuts for partnering with us on this party.

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

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

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.

Banana Spiked Coffee

This coffee cocktail could not be easier to make and is a fun drink to make on the weekends. You can use any flavor of our creams, but we love the banana cream for spring.  

Banana Spiked Coffee

Ingredients:

2 oz Jackson Morgan Southern Cream in banana pudding

Hot Coffee

Directions:

Brew your favorite coffee. Add Jackson Morgan banana pudding cream and mix well. Enjoy! 

Spiked Salted Caramel French Toast

Are you planning a brunch this weekend to celebrate Valentine's Day? This spiked salted caramel French toast recipe is the perfect dish to serve. The sweet brioche bread mixes with the caramel flavoring for a yummy morning treat. 

Spiked Salted Caramel French Toast

Ingredients:

Loaf of Brioche Bread

1/4 Cup Jackson Morgan Southern Cream in salted caramel 

3/4 Cup Milk or Heavy Cream

3 Eggs 

1 Tablespoon Sugar 

1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract 

Pinch of Salt

4 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter 

Caramel Sauce (Optional) 

Maple Syrup (Optional) 

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a shallow dish, whisk together Jackson Morgan, milk, eggs, sugar, vanilla extract, and salt then set aside. Cut the brioche bread into half inch slices. 

In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of butter on medium high heat until bubbly. Dip bread in the egg mixture on both sides, shake off excess. Then add dipped bread to the skilled and cook until golden on both sides. Continue until all pieces of the bread have been cooked. You may need to add remaining butter to keep the bread from sticking to the pan. 

Add bread to an oven safe pan and bake for 5 minutes. To serve, drizzle with caramel sauce and maple syrup (optional) or enjoy plain. 

Cheers! 

 

 

Valentine's Day Brunch

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. 

Decor

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. 

Attire

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. 

Cocktails

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. 

The Menu

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? 

Special thanks to Camilyn Beth, Nora Fleming, and Brightside Bakery for partnering with us on this party. 

How to Create a Brunch Coffee Bar

For Jackson Morgan's Easter Brunch, we already shared recipes for spiked banana bread and iced coffee. We swapped out our usual bar cart for a coffee bar. This set up is easy and you can use items you already own. 

How to Create a Coffee Bar: 

  • Pick a theme, for our coffee bar we chose bright colors for spring. 
  • Use coffee mugs you already own and mix and match. We used a variety of Ashley Brooke Design's mugs. Everyone picked their favorite saying to sip on coffee. 
  • Pick your favorite liquor, we of course had our spring flavors of Jackson Morgan (banana pudding and salted caramel). We also had champagne for mimosas. 
  • For your mixers, use carafes. We had iced coffee, hot coffee (we kept the hot coffee near the coffee maker), and orange juice. 
  • Include fun items such as paper straws, hazelnut wafers (for coffee stirrers), tray, flowers, and artwork. 
  • Have alternative drinks such as sparkling water for between cocktails.

Cheers!  

 

 

Banana Iced Coffee

With the start of Spring, we have traded in our traditional hot coffee for iced coffee. For brunch or an afternoon pick me up, this coffee cocktail is our go to treat. Simply add Jackson Morgan banana pudding to your favorite iced coffee. 

Ingredients:

·   8 oz Iced Coffee

·   1 1/2 Oz Jackson Morgan Southern Cream in Banana Pudding

Directions:

Pour iced coffee over ice, then add in Jackson Morgan Southern Cream in banana pudding and stir. 

Cheers!

 

Father's Day

Get Dad what he really wants for Father's Day this weekend, a bottle of Jackson Morgan.

Our Tennessee whiskey creams are also great for Father's Day brunch.

Check out our locator tab to find a store near you. 

Cheers! 

 

Valentine's Day Brunch

Jackson Morgan Southern Cream hosted a Valentine's Day brunch for the holiday. Our coffee/ hot chocolate bar was shared earlier. Today, we have the full event for you! For our brunch, we had Jackson Morgan spiked treats, festive flowers, goodie bags, and of course cocktails. We have the details below so you can host your own Valentine's Day brunch this weekend. P.S. You can win several of the items we used for our brunch (the Draper James table runner, Jackson Morgan coffee mug, and more) buy entering our Valentine's Day giveaway

Details: 

Table: The color scheme was red, blush, and a touch of black. We filled apothecary jars with coffee beans. This not only looked pretty, but smelled amazing. Different heights of cake platters and plates made the table more interesting. 

Flowers- We filled Jackson Morgan coffee mugs with the cutest mini arrangements to keep with the brunch theme. 

Menu- Brunch classics were served but with a twist. We had s'mores pancakes, cinnamon rolls, strawberries on a stick, doughnuts, quiche, and croissants. For the pancakes and cinnamon rolls, the batter was spiked with Jackson Morgan. 

Cocktails: Jackson Morgan peppermint mocha white russians and blue mules were served along with our coffee and hot chocolate bar

DIY favors- Our signature Jackson Morgan coffee mugs filled with chocolate hearts, a peppermint mocha cocktail recipe, and a whimsical gift tag. 

How are you planning on spending Valentine's Day? We hope it is with Jackson Morgan. 

Cheers!