Did you know that September is the perfect time to plan that memorable Fall Potluck lunch/dinner. I look forward to everything that Fall has to offer, including getting major cravings for all things pumpkin: pumpkin spiced tea, pumpkin bread, pumpkin coffee from Starbucks, and the unforgettable pumpkin pie!
A potluck lunch or dinner is where everyone attending brings a “covered dish,” or other menu item to the party. Because everyone chips in on cooking, it’s a low-cost way to cater a large meal for everyone that you invite to the special event. Fall is the perfect time for cozy-casual potluck parties. There’s a lot to be done when you take on the responsibility of hosting a potluck lunch or dinner. Here you have the must have’s that will make your party planning a little easier when creating that awesome Fall Potluck!
However, the best potluck lunches or dinners are relaxing and fun, with some form of organization on behalf of the host or hostess. This is the time for your guests to share any of their signature dishes for the seasoned pot luck attendant, or to try out a new refreshing recipe with your family and friends. All potlucks should include appetizers, soups or salads, entrees, desserts, and some wonderful beverages. That way you can get a variety of approaches that reflect each cook’s background, and may end up with some surprise dishes and unexpected new recipes for Fall meal planning for the family.
1. Have a theme: The theme of the epic potluck could be seasonal such as a Fall, Winter, or Spring Potluck. The theme could center around the holidays Christmas, New Year’s, or Thanksgiving.
2. Have date at least a month in advance of the potluck: Give your special guests adequate time to plan and schedule time for their attendance and what signature dishes they would like to bring to the event.
3. Have heavy-duty plates, napkins, cups, and serving utensils at the ready: Having the proper place settings available are essential for a successful pot luck. The need to have more plates, and napkins is better in my humble opinion than having less!
4. Have guests RSVP at least two weeks before the potluck: Have guests RSVP at least two weeks in advance will allow the hostess time to prepare for the number of people and various dishes for the potluck. If you receive any last-minute cancellations you have time to fill in the gaps with other special dishes of your own.
5: Have a positive attitude and cheerful spirit: Having a joyful spirit is important for any intimate event that you hold at your home. Your home should be a welcoming and thoughtful environment for everyone that attends and shares to create lasting memories.
What are your 5 must-have’s to plan a memorable Fall potluck?