Gatherings do not have to be complicated or stressful. With a little planning ahead of time potlucks can be one of the most stress-free and economical ways to host a get together.
Any occasion is a great for a potluck! Whether it be a work luncheon, pool party, or something more formal, wherever there is a gathering of people that need to eat a potluck can be incorporated. Some of the best times are shared over a meal.
Unless you want a very eclectic spread, you may want to set a theme such as “Italian” or “Comfort Foods” to narrow down what type of cuisine you will be having. However, it is definitely not a requirement.
Once this is decided, it is time to figure out how not to end up with 40 appetizers and no main dishes. One common method is to have a sign up sheet broken down by the following categories: appetizer, salad, main dish, dessert, and drinks. Then have your guest let you know what dish they would like to bring. Be sure to let them know how many people are attending so they know how much to prepare.
As host, in addition to the dish you are making, it is customary for you to provide the location, utensils, plates, cups, and bowls.
When setting foods out for display you will want to organize them according to what type of dish they are. Start with the appetizers, then move on to soups and salads, main dishes, and finally your desserts.
It may be a good idea to have labels and markers on hand to label guests dishes.
Once all is said and done, you will usually have plenty of volunteers that will help you clean up, which makes clean up a breeze.
Make sure guests remember to take home their serving dishes and offer them some send some leftovers home with them.
It doesn’t get much easier than that! Good time, good food, and good friends!
What are your favorite dishes to take to a potluck? Please comment below!