Potlucks are one of the most congenial of all social events -
informality, good food, not a lot of work,
and the element of surprise in what is served.
The organizer of a potluck can make it very simple
or enlist the help of others.
Having a theme and assigning an item
or having a sign-up is helpful.
Make-ahead items provide hazzle-free entertainment.
Avoid items that need to be spooned, sliced or spread
or are messy or difficult to eat.
Have food that can be prepared in advance and one or two that need to be reheated.
Make a list of dishes and utensils needed to serve the food.
Appetizers are one of the easiest ways to entertain.
Chop Suey, Chow Mein, Fried Rice, Fortune Cookies, Almond Cookies, egg foo young.....
Kind of fun and unique
Apple Dessert, Bread Sticks (soft), Chicken Casserole, Dill Pickles, Eggs (Deviled),
Fruit, Green Pea Salad, Ham Slices, Icebox Cookies, Jello Salad, Kielbasa,
Lettuce Salad, Macroni & Cheese, Nachos, Oatbread,
Potato Salad, Quiche, Rice Krispie Treats, Slaw, Turkey,
Utensils, Veggies, Wheat Rolls, Xtra Plates, Yams, Zucchinni Squares
BACK OF THE BOX
All food at this potluck has to be made from a recipe from the back of a box or on a can.
The options are many from appetizers to deserts. Have people bring the box or can.
Eggs, Meat, Potatoes, Breadstuff, Spread, Juice, Fruit,.....
CINCO DE MAYO
This is a nice potluck for the month of May.
Suggestions: Tacos, Burritos, Enchiladas, Refried Beans....
EASY TO DO
Sloppy Joes - Taco Salad - Salad Bar - Fast Food
People bring their favorite food. Indicate type of food (meat, vegetable, dessert, bread)
or there might only be chocolate chip cookies!
Choose foods that do not require a fork or spoon and are easy to pick up.
Chicken wings, beef rollups, deviled eggs, fruit, vegetables,
cheese, pickles, pinwheels, kabobs, meatballs, vienna sausage, bread sticks, cheese puffs,
brownies, bars, cream puffs, cookies.....
Ham, rice, lumpia, kebobs, chinese chicken salad,.....
Indian Stew, Meatballs, Tamales, Sliced Turkey, Smoked Fish, Sweet Potatoes,
Cabbage Slaw, Bean Salad, Potato Salad, Green Salad, Corn Bread,
White Rolls, Wheat Rolls, Pumpkin Pie, Berry Cobbler, Carrot Cake,.....
NEW BABY OR NEIGHBOR DINNER
Provide dinner for the family that has a new baby or is new to the neighborhood. This can be done by one person or several people can make just one of the items. Salad, Casserole, Vegetable, Dessert.
Pancakes are one of the oldest prepared food in human history.
Picnics are great for large or small groups.
This can be done any time of year but National Sandwich Day is in November.
A variety of fillings: tuna, egg salad, meat, cheese etc.
Condiments: catsup, mustard, mayonaise. Different kinds of bread: white, wheat, sourdough, rye.
And then, of course, cookie sandwiches for dessert!
Celebrate Black History Month in February with fried chicken, black eyed peas with ham hocks,
potato salad, macaroni and cheese, red beans and rice, cornbread, grits, and peach cobbler.
An interesting potluck for Super Bowl Sunday. Several kinds of soup, salads, crackers, bread, and desserts.
ST PATRICK'S DAY
Potato Bar-grated cheese, chili, butter, diced ham, sour cream, bacon bits......
TASTE OF THE State of Washington
Examples include Salmon, apple pie, meatballs, Cranberry sauce,
Crab cocktail, Berry Cobbler, Green Salad, .... Below is information about each state.
TASTE OF THE
suggestions for some states:
HA-pineapple upsidedown cake, ID-potato salad, IO-cornbread,
KA-sunflower seeds, KY-fried chicken, LA-gumbo, ME-lobster, MD-crab cakes,
MA-baked beans, MN-meatballs, MS-mud pie, MT-cowboy stew,
NB-corn chowder, NM-tortillas, NY-pizza, NC-sweet potatoes, OR-cherry pie,
PA-Dutch cakes, RI-deviled eggs, TN-pecan pie, TX-Tex-Mex chili,
VT-maple brittle, VA-ham, WA-apple cake, WV-spaghetti, WS-meatballs......
UNITED NATIONS - suggestions for some countries
US-American flag cake, Swedish Meatballs, French Bread, Italian Spaghetti,
German Chocolate Cake, English Muffins, Chinese Fried Rice, African sweetballs,
Indian beef curry, Australian Kiwi tart, Irish soda bread, Slovakian peroji, Phillipino lumpia,
Polish sausage, Spanish rice, Hungarian goulash, Israli salad,Italian pizza, Mexican frijoles.....
Italian: Spaghetti, Garlic Bread, Green Salad, Antipasto.....
Everything red: Ham, Tomatoes, Cranberry Sauce,
Kidney Bean Salad, Red Jello Salad, Cherry Pie.....