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.

DIY Spring Centerpiece

Did you catch our Spring orange brunch on The Sip earlier this week? The centerpiece for this party is an easy DIY that adds a lot of personality to your table. All you need are a few supplies from your local craft store and oranges.


Oranges with Leaves (smaller mandarin or clementine oranges work the best)

Extra Orange Leaves

Styrofoam Cone

Styrofoam Discs


Straight Pins



Step 1// Gather your supplies. Start with your desired vase you want to use for your centerpiece. I found this blue and white vase at a local interior design shop. Purchase a styrofoam cone and discs that fit into the vase. I took my vase with me to the craft store to ensure a perfect fit.

Step 2// Place styrofoam discs inside the vase. Place toothpicks in the discs then top with the styrofoam cone and make sure it is sturdy since the oranges will add extra weight. You could also use hot glue to keep the discs and cone together.

Step 3// Beginning at the bottom of the cone use toothpicks at an angle to place oranges around the styrofoam cone. I staggered the oranges to try to cover the majority of the styrofoam. Poke one end of the toothpick into the styrofoam cone, then the other into the orange. Make sure the oranges all face the same direction and are similar sizes.

Step 4// Go back and ensure there are no large holes showing where you could add another orange and move oranges around until you have your desired look. Then using straight pins, pin the extra orange leaves in the empty places on the cone where the oranges do not cover the styrofoam.


Spring Brunch

I love Sunday brunches, there is something wonderful about having loved ones around the table after a relaxing Sunday morning or church service. Jackson Morgan Southern Cream’s whipped orange cream is my favorite flavor to serve when the temperatures start to warm up for Spring.

Color Scheme

With Spring around the corner, I love the classic combination of blue and white with pops of orange. It is a refreshing color scheme after what feels like an extended winter. I had a sweet neighbor growing up that started my chinoiserie collection with a ginger jar she used as a vase for flowers. Since then, I have grown my blue and white collection. I love anytime I get to incorporate my treasured pieces into a tablescape.


For the menu, I served southern staples. We had fried chicken, mixed green salad, garlic green beans, cheese tray, potato salad, deviled eggs, and rolls. For dessert, orange chocolate cookies and a boozy creamsicle cake (recipe coming to The Sip soon). I incorporated oranges whenever I could to keep with the citrus party theme. I included orange marmalade on the cheese tray, orange slices on the salad, and Jackson Morgan whipped orange cream in the boozy cake. You could easily pick up these food items from the grocery store and serve in your own dishes for easy entertaining.


Why wait for a fancy occasion to use your nice entertaining pieces? I love to pull out my nice linens and plates for everyday occasions. I used South of Libbie navy monogrammed linen napkins and fancy blue patterned plates. A simple striped runner was used down the center of the table, I had a mix of serving dishes from Juliska, Nora Fleming, and William-Sonoma. The orange tree was such an easy centerpiece (the DIY coming soon to The Sip). For the place settings, I pinned watercolor place cards from Ruthie and Oliver Letterpress to mini oranges. I like to keep place cards with my family member’s names on hand for last minute entertaining. It is a nice touch that rarely goes unnoticed.

Special thanks to South of Libbie, Nora Fleming, Society Social, Juliska, and Ruthie and Oliver Letterpress for partnering with us on this party.

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

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



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.


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.


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.

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. 




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

Friday Favorites

Image via Nora Fleming

Image via Nora Fleming

ONE// New Nora Fleming Pieces. Cannot wait to use these for our next dinner party. 

TWO// Love and Lion Temporary Tattoos. How fun are these temporary tattoos? We are thinking our next party needs a tattoo bar. 

THREE// J.Crew's With a Twist Tee. This t-shirt needs to make it in my closet asap! 

FOUR// Pottery Barn's Patriotic Melamine Plates. For any 4th of July or Labor Day dinner parties, these plates are perfect. 

FIVE// Fashionable Hostess's 4th of July BBQ. This is such an easy party to recreate. 


Summer BBQ with Party Hat Paper Co

I have found a new company that I adore that I just know you will love too. Party Hat Paper Co designs boxes of party goods that coordinate with a theme. This is the bbq box, that would be perfect for Father's Day or summer parties. I had the best time coming up with a menu and creating this dinner party. 

Whats Included?

Y'all are not going to believe everything that is included in this fun box. All of the plates, forks, balloons (including the pig and grill, so fun!), napkins, berry baskets and more. Literally everything you need to throw a party. Check out their page for more details. 

Color Palette

The sweet gals at Party Hat Paper Co picked out this refreshing color palette of tan, red, and blue. I love that is not the traditional red, white, and blue that you see this time of year. This palette would work for 4th of July or Labor Day too. 

My Favorite Items

I loved the temperature markers for the burgers, such a unique item that is useful for guests. The balloons were a crowd pleaser as well, they also stayed blown up almost a week. The paper plate trays were wonderful, they held all the food perfectly. My top favorite is the "fine china" cups, I am always sucker for funny cups or napkins. 

Stay tuned for more details on my summer BBQ. 


Gold Hot Chocolate

Earlier this week, we shared our Olympic Watch Party. What is a party without cocktails? This "gold" hot chocolate uses our award winning cream and gold marshmallows to continue the Olympic theme while watching the games. 

Gold Hot Chocolate


2 oz Jackson Morgan Southern Cream in salted caramel 

Hot Chocolate 

Mini Marshmallows 

Gold Food Spray 


Fill a mug with your favorite hot chocolate. Pour Jackson Morgan in salted caramel into the hot chocolate and stir. Put mini marshmallows on a paper plate and spray with gold food spray until evenly gold, you will need to allow each side of the marshmallows to dry.  I used this color spray for my marshmallows. Then you add the marshmallows to your hot chocolate or use a cocktail pick like I did. 


Friday Favorites

Image via Mark and Graham

Image via Mark and Graham

ONE// Mark and Graham's Celebration Bowl. This fancy ice bucket is on our wish list for our next soirée. 

TWO// Swoozie's Flamingo Snow Tube. We are hoping for snow this weekend and this snow tube looks so fun! 

THREE// Good Life Eat's Peppermint Mocha Hot Chocolate. Our peppermint mocha cream would be delicious in this hot chocolate. 

FOUR// Draper Jame's Blooming Dress. This pretty party dress is perfect for Valentine's Day. 

FIVE// Pizzazzerie's DIY Pink and Red Valentine's Day Party Wall. How fun would this be for a Photo Booth backdrop? 

DIY Super Bowl Brownies

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

Super Bowl Brownies

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. 



Last Day of Summer Garden Party

We are sad that the last day of summer is today, but that just gives us an excuse to throw one last  summer garden party before decorating with pumpkins! Jackson Morgan just released a new flavor, banana pudding. It is the perfect drink to celebrate summer.

No party is complete without cupcakes and cocktails. Our banana pudding flavor mixed with vanilla vodka is a fun sweet treat at the end of a busy day.


Jackson Morgan Party in Fayetteville, TN

Come have a cocktail with us in our hometown of Fayetteville, TN! There will be frozen drinks, giveaways, music, dancing, and more. 

We hope to see you there.