A fabulous party always includes fabulous food, and that was certainly true of the epic pre-Barn Sale party hosted by our first MC Maestros, Drs. Thomas McCue and Sean Bresnahan, also known on Instagram as @thecourtlycheckbears.

Dr. Sean, who loves to cook and has his own Instagram account, @cookingwithdrb, planned the party menu. For this gathering of about 50 people, Sean considered everything from what was in season to balancing sweet and savory dishes that included some healthy alternatives like fresh fruit and cheese. He also wanted to keep the flow of the party going, so he focused on finger foods that guests could serve themselves and eat while mingling.

Many of his dishes are available at the deli counter or the bakery of your local grocery store, so they’re super-easy to prepare. Here’s the party menu, with two recipes for dishes that you can make at home:

  • Chili-Lime Watermelon Skewers
  • Mediterranean Melody
  • Sean’s Famous Cinnamon Buns
  • Tropical Fruit Bowl
  • Various pastries and charcuterie boards
  • Chicken Teriyaki Dumplings
  • Pan-Seared Pork Pot Stickers
  • Silver Dollar Sandwiches with various Italian meats
  • Various sweets and desserts

Chili-Lime Watermelon Skewers

Watermelon
Chopped cilantro
Tajin (a Mexican seasoning that’s a blend of chili peppers, lime, and sea salt)
Bamboo skewers

Cut watermelon in chunks about 2 inches square and thread onto bamboo skewers. Sprinkle with a little cilantro and Tajin.

 

Mediterranean Medley
Bruschetta
Tapenade
Tzatziki
Hummus
Olives
Pita wedges

Arrange the pita wedges on a platter (Courtly Check, of course), and add the dipping sauces to small bowls.

Sean also created two signature drinks for the party. The Twin-tini is named for the sons—Thomas V and Grayson—he has with Tommy. The Cruella is named for the Disney character who dresses in black and white.

At the party, the drinks were served buffet-style in our Beverage Hostesses and guests added their own garnishes. They were able to see how the Twin-tini changed from blue to pink with the addition of ice cubes infused with lemon juice.

The recipes below are for making the drinks in single servings.

The Twin-tini
2 ounces fresh lemon juice
3 ounces club soda
2 ounces blueberry vodka
2 ounces simple syrup

Combine ingredients with ice and shake. Pour into a martini glass and garnish with a lemon or lime slice.

 

The Cruella
2 ounces raspberry vodka
½ ounce Triple Sec
1½ ounces white cranberry juice
½ ounce fresh lime juice (for rimming the glass)
Black rimming sugar
White rimming sugar

Pour a circle of rimming sugar—half black and half white—on a plate. Dip glass edge into lime juice and then into rimming sugars.

Combine drink ingredients with ice and shake. Pour into a glass and garnish with fresh raspberries.

 

 

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