Here on the prairie we have what we call "Courtland Friday Nights". It's a cocktail party, of sorts, and it used to be weekly but it now is whenever anyone wants to have one which, unfortunately, is not even monthly anymore.
It's an easy party to host for your only responsibility is the house, one appetizer, cups for drinks, ice, and plates and napkins and whatever you want to drink. You can do forks, too, but that's not a requirement. And you can be extra nice and have some cokes available -- but you don't have to.
Food and drink are provided by the attendees. Each person brings an appetizer for the communal appetizer table and everyone brings whatever they want to drink -- alcoholic or not.
It's held from 5:30 to 7:30 or so.
What an easy party and what a great way to kick off a weekend!
And yesterday, we had a Courtland. December is always a great time for the house is decorated and it seems as if more people come when anything is held in December!
We had a great time, got caught up with some friends we don't see that often, and still were home by the 9 o'clock news!
There were so many guests that the food overflowed the dining room table into the kitchen. It truly was an appetizer feast!
My contribtuion -- these Sausage Stars. A great appetizer and so easy and they didn't last 10 minutes before all 24 were gone!
They are easy to make and are so tasty! They're best if they rest a bit before serving which is perfect for a Courtland -- take them out of the oven and by the time you get to the party, they're rested!
They looked so pretty on a silver tray with paper doilies underneath.
1 pound pork sausage
1 1/4 cup grated cheddar cheese
1 1/4 cup grated Monterey Jack cheese
1 cu prepared Ranch dressing
1 small jar diced pimentos
1 t. ground red pepper (or to taste)
Won Ton wrappers
Preheat oven to 350. Cook sausage and drain thoroughly.
Combine drained sausage with cheeses, pimentos, dressing and red pepper.
Lightly grease 2 muffin 12 cup tins.
Press one won-ton in each cup and bake 5 minutes.
Remove from tins and place on baking sheet. Fill each won-ton cup with sausage mixture.
Bake an additional 5 to 8 minutes until cheese is bubbly.
Your appetizer looks so yummy!!
Tell me, how did it get the name "Courtland"? We had a neighborhood Christmas party last night and had such a good time visiting with neighbors we rarely talk to. This might be fun to do.
Have a great Saturday.
Beautiful, Martha! Easy, fun and delicious is a combination that's hard to beat. You are quite the hostess. (I wouldn't worry about how often someone has a Courtland. Sometimes things like that mean more when they're done less frequently.) Great job as always!
Martha, your Friday evening parties sound like a wonderful way to keep in touch with friends and get the weekend underway. I like it when everyone helps out so the hostess is not bogged down in too much work. Your home is so lovely, it truly is the perfect place to host a gathering. I bet everyone loves coming to your house. I have made these sausage stars in the past and they really are tasty, and gorgeous to look at too. (until the last one gets eaten... which as you say, doesn't take very long.)
What a great way to have a party! And your appetizer looks and sound delicious.
By the way, I now have Wolfermann's English muffins thanks to you. They had them at our Costco.
What FUN! Love this idea! I would love to host one of these events.
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