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Image via Pizzazzerie

Image via Pizzazzerie

ONE// Pizzazzerie’s Colorful Easter Table. We love this gingham and stripe tablescape combo for Easter.

TWO// Taste of Home’s Easter Recipes. A full list of Easter recipes for celebrating this weekend.

THREE// Sasha Nicholas Tea Set. How precious is this monogrammed tea set? Perfect for Mother’s Day.

FOUR// Draper James’ Dresses. Still looking for an Easter dress?

FIVE// Sally’s Baking Addiction’s Cupcake Bouquet. A fun and easy dessert for Spring.

Chocolate Egg Martini

Looking for an easy cocktail to serve for Easter brunch? This three ingredient cocktail is simple and festive for the holiday. Who doesn’t love the mix of chocolate and banana flavors? If you are looking for more Easter inspiration check out these posts from The Sip: Easter brunch, boozy banana pudding recipe, adult Easter basket, and Easter bar cart.

Chocolate Egg Martini

Ingredients:

1 1/2 Ounce Jackson Morgan Southern Cream in Banana Pudding

1/2 Ounce Creme de Cocoa

Chocolate Egg Candies, garnish

Directions:

In a cocktail shaker, add Jackson Morgan Southern Cream and creme de cocoa. Shake well and pour into a martini glass. Skewer two chocolate egg candies on a metal cocktail pick and place on the side of the glass as a garnish.

Cheers!

Please sip responsibly. All images Christy Wilson Photography. You can shop this post below.

Easter Egg Hunt

I can hardly believe Easter is this weekend, it feels like Christmas was yesterday. I remember growing up my mother would sew my brother and I matching outfits for the big Easter egg hunt at church. When we were babies, the outfit included a bonnet. There is something extraordinary about those memories now as an adult. Why not host an adult Easter egg hunt?

To create an adult Easter egg hunt at home, hide eggs with mini liquor bottles in them. Jackson Morgan has the cutest little bottles available in most states. As the prize, fill a basket with a full-size bottle of Jackson Morgan Southern Cream, festive napkins, fun cups, and Easter candy. The person with the most eggs wins the basket. These adorable Easter egg hunt signs were a Target find and linked below.

I had a hydration station with our plastic mason jar mugs from our company store just in case our egg hunt got competitive. In our family, we turn everything into a competition. All you need is a party bucket, fun straws, and themed paper napkins.

All images Christy Wilson Photography. You can shop this post below.

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.

Boozy Banana Pudding

Banana pudding is a staple in the south. We serve it for birthdays, holidays, or just because. My mom came up with the idea for Jackson Morgan in the banana pudding flavor. They always say your mother is always right and she hit the nail on the head with this flavor. You can serve this dish many ways, but we preferred a layered dessert in a trifle dish growing up.

Boozy Banana Pudding

Ingredients:

1 Box of Vanilla Wafers

4 Bananas

8 Ounces Whipped Cream Topping

1 Box of Instant Banana Pudding Mix

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

1 1/2 Cup Milk, Cold

Dried Banana Chips, optional garnish

Directions:

Gather all of your ingredients and trifle dish. Make the instant 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. You can add more Jackson Morgan instead of milk if you prefer for it to be boozier. Slice the fresh bananas and set aside.

In a trifle bowl, layer vanilla wafers, fresh bananas, banana pudding, and whipped cream topping. Make sure you go in this order so your vanilla wafers will not be soggy, end with whipped cream topping. Place four vanilla wafers in a sealed plastic bag and use a rolling pin to crumble the cookies. Sprinkle the crushed cookies over the whipped cream topping and place a few banana chips on top as a garnish. Serve immediately.

Cheers!

All images Christy Wilson Photography. You can shop this post below.

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.

Easter Brunch

It is hard to believe Easter is right around the corner, we have had a few spring-like days in Tennessee, and I hope the cold weather is behind us. For the first time, I am hosting my family for Easter. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to give my Mom a break from entertaining. I plan to use this same tablescape, but hopefully move it outside if it is nice weather.

Color Scheme

After what feels like the longest winter, I was ready for a fresh color scheme. The bright green gingham paired with the brown bunny plates created a pretty color scheme. I incorporated texture with natural elements such as the seagrass chargers and moss bunnies. Pops of gold added a nice modern touch, how cute are these gold foiled bunnies?! The art over the bar cart is where the color inspiration came from, I adore this floral print by Inslee.

Menu

I am a traditionalist when it comes to Easter menu planning. For our Easter brunch, we had spiral ham, scalloped potatoes, deviled eggs, asparagus tart, glazed carrots, roasted artichokes, rolls, boozy banana pudding (recipe coming to The Sip soon), and of course Jackson Morgan Southern Cream cocktails. I especially love our peaches and cream and banana pudding flavors this time of year.

Decor

Although I love fresh flowers, they often die too quickly. For this table, I used speckled egg vase filler in a pretty hurricane that I can display all spring and reuse next year. I added mini moss baskets, which holds Jackson Morgan Southern Cream mini bottles perfectly for party favors. My crystal glasses dressed up the table for the occasion. I was thrilled when I found these crystal cordial glasses, which are basically a fancy shot glass to serve Jackson Morgan in for parties. Ruthie and Oliver letterpress place cards matched the napkins and table throw well.

How are you celebrating Easter? #sipandbesocial

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

Friday Favorites

ONE// William-Sonoma's Easter Candy Shop. These sweets are perfect for an adult Easter basket. 

TWO// Erica's Sweet Tooth Carrot Patch Dessert. This dessert is easy to make and would be fun for brunch this weekend. 

THREE// Southern Living's Bunny Plates. The perfect touch of whimsy to any Easter table. 

FOUR// Town & Country's 25 Best Easter Cocktails. It is going to be hard to pick which cocktail to make from this list. 

FIVE// Anthropologie Bee Glasses. We love these fun glasses for spring. 

Happy Easter

Easter

Happy Easter from our family to yours.

Cheers! 

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!