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


Lettermade and Juliska Giveaway

Happy Wednesday! Every Wednesday in November and December leading up to Christmas we are hosting a giveaway to celebrate the holiday season.

Check out our Facebook and Instagram pages for a fun giveaway with these festive napkins from Lettermade and two Juliska old fashioned glasses. These are the perfect items for a Christmas cocktail party, just add a bottle of Jackson Morgan peppermint mocha.

Cheers!

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.

Pumpkin Staub Giveaway!

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Every Wednesday in November and December leading up to Christmas we are hosting a giveaway to celebrate the holiday season.

One of my favorite pieces for fall entertaining is my white pumpkin Staub Cocotte, it is perfect for soups, Thanksgiving sides, and more. As an added bonus, it looks pretty when serving. I keep it on my stove during the fall season.

Check out our instagram and facebook pages this afternoon to learn how you can win a 3 1/2 quart white Staub pumpkin cocotte. Winner will be announced next Tuesday (11/27).

We hope y’all are enjoying these giveaways as much as we have been!

Cheers!

Friendsgiving Bar Cart

Earlier this month, we shared our Friendsgiving party. What is a party without cocktails? It is no secret that I love a bar cart. I have used mine as a pie bar, biscuit bar, hot chocolate station, and even a place to store party favors.

For our Friendsgiving bar, I wanted to have a station for guests to make their own cocktails. I made sure to include different types of liquor along with our fall flavors of Jackson Morgan Southern Cream. I added a few fall staples such as cinnamon sticks and winter liquor favorites. Since this was a tasting party, the main cocktails were on the table on the tasting papers and the bar cart stored extra for anyone that wanted something different to sip on.

I kept the dripping dried moss and glass pumpkins from our Halloween party and used it on the bottom of the cart with liquor and pumpkins, since the holiday season goes by quickly I try to purchase decor that will work with several holidays. To tie in the table theme, I included napkins that coordinated with the table runner. A battery operated candle inside of a large glass pumpkin completed the cart.

Cheers!

Christy Wilson Photography

Friendsgiving Tasting Party Menu

For our Friendsgiving tasting party, I served small bites that paired well with our creams with a nod to the tastes of fall. I wanted this party to feel special, but not as stuffy as traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Several of the recipes I spiked with Jackson Morgan. For our family, banana pudding is a year round dessert especially when we have guests in town so I had to include it. Indulgent flavors such as truffles and salted caramel elevated the appetizers. I served everything as a buffet since the Jackson Morgan tasting was the main attraction for this dinner party.

The Menu

  • Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches with Pimento Cheese, Pickles, and Music City Mustard

  • Mini Truffle Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, cut small for easy dipping in the soup

  • Butternut Squash Soup, served in shooter glasses

  • Candied Pecans

  • Brown Sugar Pretzel Bites with Whipped Butter

  • Pretzel Bites with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

  • Cranberry Orange Bundt Cake, we used this recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction and spiked with our whipped orange cream and topped with sugared cranberries

  • Mini Apple Hand Pies with salted caramel sauce spiked with our salted caramel cream

  • Mini Banana Puddings, we used this recipe from Paula Deen and spiked with our banana pudding cream

All photos Christy Wilson Photography.

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.

Decor

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.

Happy Halloween!

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Happy Halloween!

Hope you have a great day full of treats and cocktails.

Cheers!

Halloween Party Favors

Who doesn’t like to leave a party with a treat? For our Halloween party we had spooky trail mix for everyone and mini Jackson Morgan bottles for adults. Package in plastic bags and tie with striped ribbon for a pretty presentation. The trail mix would also be fun to give to trick or treaters on Halloween.

Spooky Trail Mix

Ingredients:

1 cup Rice Cereal

I cup Chocolate Rice Cereal

Candy Corn

Candy Pumpkins

Peanuts

Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Peanut Butter Chips

Mini Peanut Butter Cups

Chocolate Peanut Butter Candies

Directions:

Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl. Feel free to add additional seasonal items not listed or add extra of your favorite candies.

All images Christy Wilson Photography 

Halloween Bar Cart

Our Halloween party would not be complete without a bar cart. This bar cart is dripping with dried moss and full of treats for guests. For this party, I had a drink station and party favors on the bottom for easy access.

Decor

To keep with the theme of our Halloween party, I used black and white with touches of gold. My favorite Hester and Cook paper lined the cart to protect from any drink spills. I had a calligrapher write out “cocktails” and “please take a spooky treat” on paper bats. I filled a lantern with gold pumpkins and had cocktail recipe books out for guests to create their own drinks. A full size skeleton held a bowl of treats. Paper bats were placed around a black wreath for a spooky feel.

Drinks

I wanted this party to feel elevated so I used my crystal cut old fashion glasses. My skull decanter was the perfect vessel for whiskey. I had all the Jackson Morgan Southern Cream fall flavors out for cocktails. Lettermade has the cutest festive napkins for Halloween, which were a great addition to the bar cart. I also had to-go cups available for adults on trick or treating routes.

Treats

What is Halloween without candy for trick or treaters? I had a bowl of candy ready for guests young and old. I made a festive trail mix (recipe coming soon) and bagged in treat bags with a striped ribbon. For adults, I put two mini bottles in the bags tied with a ribbon.

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.

Decor

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.

Calligraphy

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.

Catstudio Giveaway

Did you catch our cocktail recipe earlier this week with these fun glasses? Our friends at Catstudio make embroidered pillows, cups, linens, and more. We love their products for entertaining, tailgating, hostess gifts, etc.

Catstudio partnered with us for a fun giveaway! Show off your state pride with these fun Tennessee and Nashville glasses that are perfect for sipping on Jackson Morgan.

To enter to win a Nashville and Tennessee glass along with a few Jackson Morgan goodies, check out our Instagram or Facebook pages for details.

Cheers!

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 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. 

 

 

 

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. 

Theme

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. 

Decor

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. 

Theme

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. 

Decor

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? 

Nordstrom Sale Picks

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One of the best sales of the year went live last week at Nordstrom. It is the perfect time to stock up on pieces for hosting especially with fall and the holidays coming up. See our top picks below. 

ONE// Diptyque Candle Set. The best gifts or candles to use for a dinner party. 

TWO// Rifle Paper Co Recipe Tin. An adorable way to store recipes. 

THREE// Gold Monogram Cocktail Shaker. A classic cocktail shaker that would look great on any bar cart. 

FOUR// Smeg Retro Electric Kettle. I used this for our spiked hot chocolate station at Christmas. Much cuter than regular kettles. 

FIVE// Round Marble & Wood Serving Board. This board would be perfect for cheese trays! 

SIX// Twig Set of Cheese Knives. These knives would be pretty for fall dinner parties. 

SEVEN// Wooden Wine Trough. How fun would this be fore serving beverages at your next party? 

EIGHT// Tabletop Bar Set. This set has every item you need for making cocktails. 

NINE// Gold Bar Cart. Every home needs a bar cart. 

TEN// Wood and Marble Cake Stand.