Better Luck With Potluck
Updated: Jun 11, 2018
Have you ever gone to a potluck and felt a bit…unlucky? There was food, but no plates; ice—no drinks; meat—no sides; or worse, sides—no meat. Well, here are some tips you can use to ensure that your event will run smoother.
First, and most important if you are the host, you should plan the menu; at least a main dish and 2 sides (or more, depending on the number of guests you are expecting). The host will provide guests with categories, such as meat dishes, veggies, desserts, etc., to choose from. This way a variety of foods can be expected.
Second, try to collect non-perishable items a day or two before the potluck, such as plates, napkins, plastic utensils, and beverages. This will assist the host when setting up the table and with the early guests who may want to “taste test” food already prepared.
Third, the host should be greeting guests as they come in, and have a designated area for coats and purses. This helps the host to get a closer look at these items so she can know which friends to ask to borrow something from later. Just kidding.
The host should also explain the setup of the event, including where trash is to be placed, and introducing guests that may not know everyone to prevent any awkwardness. Yes, this is the slick way for the host to play matchmaker!
Don’t fret, have fun with it. And lastly, don’t forget to eat as well, and enjoy your guests!