I’m not a huge fan of formal parties. Informal gatherings are more my style, with plenty of good food and lively conversation. How can you not be relaxed while wearing your pajamas? A party would be a good excuse to find a new, fun set of lounging clothes. How could that be bad?
Personally, one of my favorite party tasks is planning a menu but I love surprises and the experience of sharing other people’s favorite dishes, hence the potluck portion of my little get together.
The only venue needed will be a big room with plenty of comfortable seating that can be arranged to accommodate everyone enjoying their refreshments. It's getting cold around this time of year so I'd probably want a cozy fireplace to take the chill off and add to the ambiance. Okay, I’m officially excited but the guests list is what's making me smile.
If I get to imagine a party, then I get to imagine that my house is big enough to include everyone in the blanket invitation that I’m sending into cyberspace. I’ve met so many lovely people over the years that I’ve been a member of Romance Books ‘4’ Us that if I could manage the party of my dreams, I’d get to meet you all in person.
I’m dreaming big and hoping you all show up in your pajamas with your favorite pot luck dish, ready to have some fun! I have a harvest table with lots of room for sweet and savory dishes along with some spiced cider warming in the crock-pot.
Here’s a recipe for a fun little appetizer that we have at most of our parties. Besides being delicious, my other favorite thing about it is there are only two ingredients…
Polish Sausage in Plum Sauce
1 lb. Polish Sausage (smoked or fresh—I usually make this with fresh sausage)
1 16 oz. jar of Plum Jam
Cover Polish sausage with at least an inch of water and simmer for 20 minutes. Drain and transfer to a cutting board and slice into one inch rounds. Transfer the sausage to a small crock-pot and cover with the plum jam. Heat on low until the jam is melted and everything is hot, turn it down to warm. You can serve this with bread, crackers if you wish.
***Microwave directions. After cooking and slicing the sausage, transfer to microwave safe dish, pour on the jam, cover with a lid and microwave on high until jam is melted. It’s ready to serve.
I’m wearing my favorite plaid pajamas and arranging a sliced, smoked turkey breast on a big platter. What are you bringing?
There will be a door prize! Everyone leaving a recipe will be entered for a $5.00 Amazon gift card. The winner will be announced here and on my Facebook page. Let’s get this party started!