I was inspired by a cocktail that I had out in Santa Monica about a month ago. It was the most refreshing and interesting drink that I had drank in a long time. It was a Blackberry Smash - citron vodka, blackberries, mint, sour mix and blackberry liquor. I ran with the blackberry theme and dug up an old beer stein that was my grandmother's. It was adorned with what -- how convenient blackberries! I used deep purple and brown napkins and drew from some colors on the pitcher to pick out my serving pieces. I filled the stein with wheat colored giant mums and purple glads. In my bar area I filled my Jan Barboglio piece with purple glads and sunflowers.
For the party I served appetizers and the blackberry smashes. I had seared scallops on parmesean crisps, cheese wafers, pork & bell pepper skewers, artichoke leaves with aioli, and bruchetta. It was a smash! Wish you had been there!