A great party has a high impact moment. For this intimate birthday dinner, the amazing Maurice of Bloom and Plume created said moment with a colorful hanging garden. A true artist, Maurice is so fun to work with because he always brings a creative, unique perspective to the visual story of the party. Since the flowers and bistro lights created such a festive atmosphere, I aimed to match that energy with a playful dinner menu. Guests started with Greg’s delicious cocktails (the grilled peach old-fashioned is a new favorite) and yummy snacks such as b.l.t. filled cherry tomatoes. After a summery salad, we served some crowd favorites: buttermilk fried chicken with creamed corn, wilted greens, tomatoes and french fries (the best!). A great night, made special by a series of thoughtful toasts to the birthday girl, was one I was happy to be a part of.