Potluck Ideas Made Simple
Tips and Easy Recipes for Trouble-Free Potluck Prep
Whether it’s a family gathering or holiday celebration, a bring-your-own approach simplifies meal planning. Get tips for hosting and attending potlucks, plus discover crowd-pleasing recipes perfect for the occasion.Tips for Hosting Potlucks
When hosting a potluck, keep these basics in mind:
- Ask invitees if they have any food allergies, then share this important information with everyone on your guest list.
- Give attendees dish suggestions. If you know you’re missing an appetizer or dessert, it’s okay to request something specific.
Some friends and family may not cook much, but that doesn’t mean they can’t contribute to the potluck. Suggest they bring non-food items like store-bought beverages, ice, napkins, plates or utensils.
- Once you’ve received all of your RSVPs, share the headcount with everyone. They’ll know how big or small to make their dish.
- Before the party starts, write the names of dishes on note cards and arrange them on the buffet table so guests know just where to put their food.
Tips for Attending Potlucks
- Streamline the setup: Put plates before the line-up of dishes and utensils after the spread. This way, attendees won’t fumble with forks and napkins while filling their plates.
Be a great guest by following a few general rules:
- Choose a dish that’s easy to transport and simple to reheat.
- Make a tried-and-true favorite that will please lots of palates. Start with something traditional, then put your own spin on it.
- Before the get-together, let your host know if you’ll need to use the oven, at what temperature and for how long.
- Bring plastic storage containers with you in case there are leftovers. As a kind gesture, offer them to your gracious host.
Potluck-Perfect Recipe Ideas
- Supplement your dish with copies of the recipe. Print them out or handwrite them on pretty stationary for a special touch.
For a dish that wows the whole crowd, try one of these easy recipes:
- Put a savory spin on an old-fashioned favorite by using rustic ingredients like roasted chestnuts and Italian sausage in Savory Bread Pudding.
- Try Cranberry & Pear Compote, a fresh take on cranberry sauce that features sweet, buttery pears and spiced oatmeal topping.
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