First time I heard this word “Potluck party” when I moved to Singapore and thought it is a new concept.I didn’t hear about it earlier and back in India gathering meant inviting close ones for the lunch/dinner to the house and cooking a full-fledged meal.
and ….. I still love inviting and cooking for my family and friends
Thanks to my friends for introducing the concept and here is what potluck means, it a gathering of people where each person contributes a dish of food prepared by them. Later everyone enjoy food, play games, Irish dance or just spend time together and endless talk.
The one thing that makes potluck parties a fun event is that it gives everyone an opportunity to involve in hosting the party. However, it requires some planning for sure otherwise last minute we tend to forget the basic essentials.
To start with, first write down whom all you are inviting close friends, colleagues, slot a day and time as per the convenience of everyone. A potluck party should have at least 5 to 7 people or couples for it to be fun and memorable. The more the better!2. Let each one pick a dish
Once you figure out the guest list, you can ask each one what they would like to prepare instead of you deciding the dish for everyone. Every
individual has a speciality dish that he/she can cook well. Coordination is a must to ensure there are a perfect number of appetisers, main course and desserts without any overlapping of same stuff.
3.Do not miss out on the essentials
This is very important point which we tend to miss out. If you are of the view that a potluck party host just needs to provide the venue, you are wrong. The basic items such as plates and utensils, tissue papers, water and other drinks is solely your responsibility. So ensure that everything is well stocked.
4.Pay attention to the food
Apart from the essentials, you also have to take care of the food and the temperature at which food is served. If a dish needs to be warmed in the oven before serving or if some dessert has to be refrigerated, do it.Always make sure that you are aware of everyone food preferences, some people don’t eat non vegetarian, less salt, less sugar.
Please have a provision for the same as motive is to have fun time together.
If there are too many guests coming over, choose dishes or plates made of thermocol, paper or plastic. This way you would not need to wash all the utensils once the party is over and in turn, save up all your time and energy. Moreover, keep a huge bin near the kitchen so that the guests can dispose of the plates in the bin after use.
6. Picnic Potluck
case clearly divide all the things as outside you will not get the basic essentials like plates, spoons, tissue etc. For potluck picnic, if anyone who for some reason can’t cook they can bring these essentials as well.
toys etc .