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11.02.2011

You're Invited: Jackson Pollock Cocktail Party

November is my birthday month and since Jackson Pollock and I were born in same small town in Wyoming, he became the inspiration for this month's You're Invited.  Just be sure your guests have a safe and sober ride home.
I created this invitation on Photoshop from Pollock's Lavender, but if you don't use Photoshop try Word or have postcards made at your local printer.  

PARTY SNACKS
Since this party is scheduled for after dinner, food is less important, but it's still nice to have something to nibble on while imbibing.

1. Splattered Pretzel Sticks - Melt 2 -3 types of chips (dark chocolate, milk chocolate, white chocolate, butterscotch, or peanut butter) slowly (and seperately) in microwave.  Once melted, dip pretzel sticks and let excess drip off.  Set aside to let dry.  When dry, drizzle contrasting mixture over top.  

2. Veggie Plate - Transform a simple veggie plate by drizzling the condiments over the top.  Balsamic vinegar, mexican crema, aioli, basil puree, honey mustard and flavored oil are all good options.  Try drizzling a few complimentary condiments together such as balsamic and basil puree.  

3.  Confetti Cheese - Roll 1 goat cheese log in a mixture of 1/3 cup chopped red pepper, 1/4 cup chopped pecans, 1/3 cup chopped parsely, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper, 1/4 cup minced green onion.  Serve with toast points or crackers.

COCKTAIL
Fill squeeze bottles with different fresh homemade syrup flavors: chocolate, vanilla simple syrup, grenadine, pumpkin, basil puree, choose your favorites and set out suggested drink recipes and let your guests be the artist.  Drizzle syrup in chilled martini glass and top with shaken recipe.  

DECORATION
Let your inner Pollock out a few days before the party and get to work on a few canvases of your own.

  1. Use painters drop cloth with your own Pollock-esque splatter for a table cloth.  
2. Buy enamelware platters to serve the party snacks.  I found this one on ebay.
3. Use blank canvases for DIY drip art like this one from The Drip Artist

"Someone said that life is a party.  You join in after it's started and leave before it's finished." Elsa Maxwell

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