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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.

Friday Favorites

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ONE// Mother’s Day Event at Draper James Nashville. Come see us on May 8th for a Mother’s Day event at Draper James Nashville. Come sip and shop!

TWO// Southern Living’s Mind Your Manners Video Series. We are cracking up watching this new video series.

THREE// Everyday Party Magazine’s Chocolate Pecan Pie Recipe. Check out this tasty recipe spiked with Jackson Morgan Southern Cream.

FOUR// William-Sonoma’s Mother’s Day Gift Guide. Can we have one of each, please?

FIVE// Tuckernuck’s Americana Style Shop. Memorial Day is around the corner, perfect time to stock up on red, white, and blue pieces.

Mother's Day Party Favors

I am loving all the fun details from our outdoor Mother’s Day brunch party. I shared a post about the table earlier this week, today I am sharing the party favors.

Brittany of Certified Celebrator, who is the queen of small gifts for intentionally celebrating others created these festive gift boxes. She included flower seed packets in each box and tied with ribbon for an easy party favor. On the outside of the box, she attached a "Happy Mother's Day" tag. Check out her blog for more favors and gift ideas.

You could easily include your favorite herb drink garnish seeds such as mint, rosemary, basil, thyme, etc. along with a bottle of Jackson Morgan Southern Cream. I also love the idea of attaching the seed packet to a bottle with a gardening tool.

Stay tuned for more details from this party on The Sip.

All images Christy Wilson Photography. Special thanks to The Nashville Mom and The Certified Celebrator for partnering with us on this party.

Mother's Day Outdoor Brunch

The weather is ideal for outdoor brunch parties during May in Tennessee. For our brunch table, we incorporated green, navy, and pops of yellow for a fresh color scheme. Instead of using a traditional vase, I opted for a floral watering can filled with grocery store hydrangeas for a more casual vibe. I flanked the table with planters full of my favorite herbs, hydrangeas, and boxwoods. A whimsical fringe umbrella kept guests comfortable during the midday sun.

The Nora Fleming melamine collection was exceptional for serving food outside without having to worry about pieces breaking. The loveliest South of Libbie monogram napkins held a menu card by Ruthie and Oliver Letterpress. How fun are these melamine lettuce plates? They were a Homegoods find, but I linked similar plates below. I used bamboo flatware since it was a casual occasion. I love to use place cards even for informal settings, it is a tiny detail that elevates any event.

We served simple brunch staples including tea sandwiches, mini waffles, fresh fruit, chantilly cake adorned with berries, cookies, and cheese straws. I had iced coffee ready for Jackson Morgan Southern Cream spiked drinks. I incorporated galvanized platters and trays to serve food and to coordinate with the chargers.

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.

Friday Favorites

Image via The Pink Clutch

Image via The Pink Clutch

ONE// The Pink Clutch’s Boozy Banana Bread Pudding. Paige made a boozy banana bread pudding with Jackson Morgan Southern Cream, check out the post for the recipe.

TWO// Target’s Outdoor Bar Cart. How fun is this bar cart for summer entertaining?

THREE// William-Sonoma’s Melamine Plates. Pretty plates for outdoor dinner parties.

FOUR// Rachel Ray’s Orange Cream Milkshakes. Just add Jackson Morgan to this recipe for a boozy treat.

FIVE// Southern Living’s Derby Essentials. Anyone hosting a derby party next weekend?

Peach Cocktail

Peach season is around the corner. Jackson Morgan Southern Cream’s peaches and cream liqueur is the perfect base for tasty spring cocktails. This peach cocktail is easy to make with only two ingredients.

Spring Peach Cocktail

Ingredients:

2 Ounces Jackson Morgan Southern Cream in Peaches and Cream

1/2 Ounce Vodka

Directions:

In a cocktail shaker, combine Jackson Morgan Southern Cream peaches and cream and vodka. Shake well in a cocktail shaker. Strain into a glass.

Cheers!

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

Friday Favorites

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.

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.

Friday Favorites

Image via Camilyn Beth

Image via Camilyn Beth

ONE// Camilyn Beth’s New Designs. Pretty dresses for spring parties.

TWO// Juliska’s Al Fresco Collection. The weather is warming up, time to host an outdoor party with these melamine pieces.

THREE// Everyday Party Magazine’s Boozy Banana Cream Pies. A fun recipe made with Jackson Morgan Southern Cream.

FOUR// Draper Jame’s Friends and Family Sale. You cannot beat 25% off, time to stock up for spring and summer.

FIVE// South of Libbie Monogrammed Guest Towels. These guest towels make great hostess gifts.

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

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ONE// WSWA. Next week we will be in Orlando for WSWA. If you are there, stop by and try a sip of Jackson Morgan.

TWO// Dollar Hydrangea. Hydrangeas for only $1 a stem?! Count us in!

THREE// Sally’s Baking Addiction Chocolate Bread Pudding Recipe. This bread pudding recipe spiked with Jackson Morgan would be delicious for brunch.

FOUR// Juliska Al Fresco Entertaining. All of these shatter proof entertaining pieces have us craving an outdoor dinner party.

FIVE// Southern Living’s Hey Y’all Video Series. We recently stumbled upon Southern Living’s youtube series called Hey Y’all. So many great hosting tips and recipe ideas.

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.

Spring Brunch Party Favors

Party favors are an easy way to make any party feel more elevated. Jackson Morgan Southern Cream has a line of 375 mL bottles that are available in most markets. These bottles are larger than our mini bottles, but not quite as big as our standard 750 mL size. For our Spring brunch, these bottles in whipped orange were perfect for gifting as party favors.

I always keep gift tags on hand and love Dixie Design’s expansive collection. They also have invitations wrapping paper, stickers, and other stationary needs that match. The blue and white crest gift tags I used can be found here. I also linked a few of my favorites below. During the holidays, I usually stock up when stationery companies have sales. You may remember the red and pink gift tags I used for our Valentine’s Day soirée.

For the party favors for the Spring brunch party, I just tied orange paper straws to our Jackson Morgan Southern Cream 375 mL bottle with a gift tag. I used white pom pom wired ribbon, but you could use any ribbon you own. These party favors could not be easier to put together.

What are your go-to party favors to gift?

Christy Wilson Photography. You can shop this post below.


Friday Favorites

Image via Hester and Cook

Image via Hester and Cook

ONE// Hester and Cook’s Easter Shop. So many pretty papers for Spring and Easter hosting.

TWO// Draper James “What Would Dolly Do?” Shirt. These fun shirts are finally back in stock.

THREE// Delish’s 14 Iced Coffee Hacks. Several recipe ideas for iced coffee, add Jackson Morgan Southern Cream for a boozy treat.

FOUR// William-Sonoma’s Easter Shop. Festive tabletop pieces for Spring and Easter entertaining.

FIVE// Lettermade’s Party Animal Linen Napkin Set. These napkins would be a conversation starter.

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.

Menu

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.

Table

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.

Friday Favorites

Image via Emily McCarthy

Image via Emily McCarthy

ONE// Emily McCarthy's Master Party. Are you watching the Masters this week? This party is ideal for the occasion. 

TWO// Swoozie's Vacation Shop. All of these items are perfect for summer vacations or parties. 

THREE// Project 615 Hockey Shirts. Are you ready for hockey playoff season? We love all of this fun gear. 

FOUR// Boozy Unicorn Hot Chocolate. This recipe looks tasty for spring and could be made with Jackson Morgan. 

FIVE// Nashville Lifestyle's Drink of the Month. Our frozen orange cocktail at Kung Fu in Nashville is the drink of the month for April. 

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.