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.


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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.


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.


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.

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

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.


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.

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.


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.


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.

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 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.


Bagels and Cream Cheese from Proper Bagel

Brioche and Croissants from Brightside Bakery

Assorted Biscuits from Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit



Friendsgiving Tasting Party

Hosting season is upon us, every year I find myself planning Friendsgiving and overwhelmed with having to make a full Thanksgiving dinner. I wanted to switch things up this year and instead of serving turkey host a fall tasting party. With so many fun flavors of Jackson Morgan Southern Cream, I love to host parties where guests can try several flavors of our creams.


I reused the glass pumpkins from our Halloween party. I incorporated a few white and gray pumpkins into the mix to freshen up the table. Instead of using candles, I used battery operated string lights. It created a warm glow over the table.

Table Set Up

I paired a coordinating food item with each of our popular Jackson Morgan Southern Cream flavors. The Hester and Cook tasting papers allowed guests to try each of the Jackson Morgan flavors. Simple white serving dishes displayed the festive fall food.

Color Scheme

A simple black and white color scheme was perfect for celebrating Friendsgiving. I love all of the warm colors during the fall, but wanted to keep this party simple. I used my crystal glassware to dress up the table.

Stay tuned for more details from our Friendsgiving tasting party.

All Images Christy Wilson Photography.

Halloween Party Food

For the Halloween party, I wanted to keep the food easy for a drop in party with various seasonal appetizers and sweets. Hosting a party is a job itself, The Orderves Company was a lifesaver, they make appetizers that you keep in your freezer for when you need gourmet appetizers in a pinch. They are amazing for easy entertaining. The chicken and waffles and bacon wrapped dates were crowd favorites!

The Menu

  • Chicken and Waffles

  • Sweet Potato Biscuits with Grilled Ham

  • Saffron Arancini

  • Bacon Wrapped Dates

  • Butternut Squash Tarts with Goat Cheese and Pistachios

  • Chocolate Cupcakes

All photos Christy Wilson Photography.

Halloween Party

Halloween is such a playful holiday to host a party. I love the idea of a party on Halloween night for friends and family to visit while in route trick or treating with food and themed sweets for everyone, and of course Jackson Morgan cocktails for adults. You could easily move this set up outside if the weather is nice too!

Color Scheme

I wanted to elevate the traditional orange and black colors you normally see this time of year. Buffalo plaid seemed like the perfect fit for a causal yet elevated Halloween party. The bonus is the tablecloth and pumpkins will work all fall and into Thanksgiving. I used black and white tones with a touch of gold throughout the party for a cohesive look.


Different style pumpkins with flameless candles surrounded by dripping dried moss set the scene down the center of the table. Black taper candles and fake spider web around the chandelier gave a spooky feel perfect for Halloween night. Skeletons were posed on each side of the table, one with candy for trick or treaters.


My philosophy is that everything looks better in calligraphy. I had a good friend write out where all the food and drinks were going to be placed on these whimsical paper bats from Hester and Cook. They are my go to for paper runners, placemats, place cards, etc. I used mini close pins to attach the “cocktail” bat to a wreath above the bar cart.

Stay tuned for more details from our Halloween shoot this month including recipes, cocktails, and party favors. You can shop the items from this party below.

All photos Christy Wilson Photography.

Fall Hosting Favorites

Fall Favorites

Fall is one of the best times of year, there is so much to celebrate between tailgating, cooler temperatures, Halloween, and several birthdays in our family. Here are a few of my favorites fall hosting items I am stocking up on for fall celebrations. 

ONE// Pumpkin Vase Filler. I have glass jars on my bar cart that I change out seasonally and this filler is perfect. 

TWO// Pretty Fall Wreath. An easy way to decorate for the new season, put this wreath on a front door, mirror, bar cart, mantle, you name it! 

THREE// Glass Pumpkins. These would be beautiful with candles and you can keep the pumpkins out until Thanksgiving. 

FOUR// Cooper Bar Set. This bar set is perfect for a fall bar cart. 

FIVE// Fall Garland. So versatile, you can use it on a dining room table, mantle, or around a front door. 

SIX// Loaf Pan. I always make pumpkin bread during fall and this loaf pan would take the recipe up a notch. 

SEVEN// Orange Ginger Jar. It is no secret I love a ginger jar, but the orange ones are festive for this time of year. 

EIGHT// Gold Flatware. I love adding warm gold tones to fall tablescapes. 

NINE// Copper Serve Set. This would be fun for serving candy at a Halloween party. 

TEN// Check Table Runner. You can't go wrong with a classic black and white pattern. 

ELEVEN// Gold Votives. I use these year round, but especially during fall! 

TWELVE// Pumpkin Pillow Covers. An easy way to decorate your living room for fall. 

End of Summer Pool Party

With the season about to change, we are enjoying one last summer pool party before the fall weather sets in. There is something so easy about a pool party, no need for a special menu just a few snacks and of course cocktails. It is the perfect way to celebrate the end of summer. 


What is a summer party without bright pops of color and pink flamingos? Since flamingos are all the rage right now, it was easy to find details that went with our theme. Flamingo pool floats, yard ornaments, and candles were the perfect addition to this party. I found a vintage yellow cooler and knew it would look cute and keep drinks cool. The fringe umbrellas and woven drink dispenser added a fun texture to the party. 


Pool floats make the best decor for poolside parties. We used the flamingo floats in two different colors and a pineapple float to jazz up the pool area. Our Jackson Morgan beach towels doubled as decor and party favors. Colorful pillows added a nice pop of color to the loungers. I rolled my bar cart outside to serve drinks and sweets. My favorite monogrammed Lettermade napkins and bamboo flatware dressed up the cart. Abigail T. Calligraphy made the cutest sign for our cocktails. 

The Menu

For this party, I kept the menu simple with just pink cupcakes and macarons. We served Jackson Morgan in whipped orange and banana pudding for cocktails. Since it is so hot in Tennessee during the summer, lemon water in a drink dispenser is a must. I love the idea of pairing this party with a backyard bbq and serving your favorite grilled items in the evening. 

What is your favorite way to celebrate the end of summer? 

All photos by Christy Wilson Photography. 

Ice Cream Social

With the summer heat in full force, an ice cream social is the perfect way to cool off. Our family loves dining outdoors and using pool during the summer so a poolside party made perfect sense. Who doesn't love an ice cream party to bring out your inner child? We used Jackson Morgan to spiked all of the ice cream treats for the adults. 


For the color palette, I was inspired by sprinkles. I used bright tones and incorporated our Jackson Morgan stripe beach towels for guests to dry off after a dip in the pool. I had a bar height table with a vintage milkshake mixer and toppings for a build your own milkshake bar. At the table, I had coupe glasses with more ice cream toppings and Jackson Morgan as a centerpiece for guests to make ice cream sundaes. 


Since we were outside and ice cream can be messy, I kept the decor very simple. To keep with the theme, I used several items from Hester and Cook's summer line including the sprinkle place mats, sprinkle place cards, ice cream papers, ice cream gift tag, and green stripe runner. For the table, I had scalloped napkins, stripe coupe glasses, disposable plates, silverware all from Sugar and Cloth's new party line available on Amazon. I love these pieces, because they are pretty and disposable for a quick clean up. Nora Fleming's new melamine collection was perfect for displaying milkshake and sundae toppings. 

The Menu

For the menu, I had milkshakes and sundaes. We served salted caramel, banana split, and peppermint milkshakes. I added our favorite toppings such as sprinkles, brownies, cookies, chocolate syrup, chocolate chips, cherries, chocolate covered pretzels, caramel sauce, homemade whipped cream, and chocolate covered bananas. You can easily customize this with your preferred toppings. 

Stay tuned for more details from our ice cream social. 

All images Christy Wilson Photography

Favorite Bar Books

There is nothing I love more than a good book especially ones pertaining to hosting and cocktails! When I get in a creative rut, I flip through the pages and dream up dinner parties and decadent cocktails. I have quite the collection of entertaining and cocktail books. I change out the books throughout my house with different seasons and use them on my bar cart. The books add a nice personal touch to my home decor. It is also helpful to have cocktail books handy when hosting and mixing up drinks. 

A few of my favorites are Pizzazzerie's Entertain in Style, Katie Jacob's So Much to Celebrate, Vintage Cocktails, Winter Cocktails, Shake, Bourbon Desserts, Darcie Miller's Celebrate Everything, and Scratch and Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert (my favorite!). 

What are your favorite bar books? 

Summer Entertaining Favorites

We could not be more exited for the official start of summer this week. Isn't summer the best? So many fun reasons to host your favorite people with longer days and warm weather. Here are a few of my most used summer entertaining items that we love. 

Picnic Gear. It is no surprise that we love a good picnic at the Jackson Morgan office. All you need is a cute picnic basket and acrylic glassware. A bottle cooler is a bonus and perfect for your favorite flavor of Jackson Morgan. 

Outdoor Dinner Parties. There is nothing better than eating dinner with your friends with pretty string lights overhead. Melamine plates with monogramed linens keep things easy, but yet sophisticated. A corn hole set keeps guests busy while dinner is being made on the grill. I like to keep a few Turkish towels outside in case anyone gets cold at night. 

Outdoor Food. I keep a drink dispenser ready with lemon water during the summer to keep guests hydrated. This William-Sonoma caramelized onion burger starter is mouth watering. We also love to experiment with stuffing burgers with cheese, special seasonings, or veggies. I love using my galvanized tiered stand for everything from sundae toppings to burger toppings during the summer. It also looks pretty in the kitchen with fresh blooms. 

Summer Desserts. Homemade ice cream is one of the best parts of summer, especially spiked with Jackson Morgan. I use the Kitchen Aid ice cream maker bowl and store the finished product in these ice cream tubs before guests come over. I also love these fruit shaped molds for ice cream or popsicles. 

What are your favorite entertaining pieces during summer? 


Easter Brunch

It is hard to believe Easter is this weekend. We love this holiday to get together with friends and family and celebrate over good food and conversation. We had a great time putting together this Easter brunch last year. 

To host your own brunch, all you need are a few brunch staples such as quiche, sandwiches, fruit, biscuits, and of course cake. Use cake stands of varying heights to create interest on the table. These mini cake stands are a fun way to incorporate a place card. Keep the color palette simple with white dishes and a fun linen napkin. 

For cocktails, have hot and iced coffee available and your favorite Jackson Morgan flavors. Guests can create their own spiked coffee cocktails. We also love the idea of mini bottles as favors after the brunch is over.