The spring and summer months’ usher in a warmth that will no doubt be a cause for celebration. With that in mind, you’ll be invited to quite a few gatherings, including potlucks. These gatherings allow friends and family to bring a special dish to share with everyone else. It’s a great opportunity to entertain, taste a new cuisine, and have fellowship with like-minded people. If you get an invite to go to one of these great options, consider a few tips that will ensure that you’re having a great time and that you follow the protocol that comes with these events.
What To Bring and What Not To Bring
The first thing that you should realize is that you’re going to have to bring a food item. Now, there are a lot of things that you can bring, and this is an opportunity to consider making your favorite. With a few exceptions, don’t bring along something that is incredibly spicy as not everyone can handle spice. Also, don’t bring anything that is going to cause food spoilage if left out. For instance, you don’t want to bring potato salad and have it sitting out in the sun or at room temperature for a long period of time.
When in doubt, ask the host of the party or a friend what you should bring. Remember to bring enough to share, but don’t go overboard. Try to aim for 8 servings or so, and try to make it simple. Don’t overthink this, unless you’re a chef and people expect you to bring on something complex. Overall, just think about something simple, easy to transport, and can withstand being left out for a while.
Quick Do’s and Don’ts
Whether you’re a veteran of potlucks, or you are new, you’ll want to do a few things and avoid doing others. With that in mind, consider the following quick breakdown of things to remember.
- Enjoy all the food that people bring, be adventurous and try out the great options available.
- Allow others to get some of the food available, this may be a potluck, but there are finite portions, as this is not like a buffet.
- Be social, these are fun events, and will no doubt allow you to get to know others in a friendly atmosphere.
- Bring dishes that have mayonnaise in them.
- Just buy something at a supermarket and bring it, try to make something and share a favorite dish with others.
Lastly, if you’re the host, you’re going to want to take on a few key roles. First and foremost, make sure that you delegate some tasks to help you with coordinating what dishes are being brought. Also, assign who’s getting cutlery, drinks and more. Don’t try to do it all on your own. Take your time and plan things out accordingly, including venue, food item, invitations and more. Done right, this will go quite smoothly.
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