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10 Things You Should Never Do When Hosting a Potluck


Host a successful party by following these potluck etiquette tips

Set a theme and work as a team to host a stress-free potluck.

Hosting a potluck can be the easiest, least stressful way of holding a dinner party in your home. As long as a few simple protocols are abided by, gathering friends and family together for a potluck party will be a relaxed, friendly, and communal affair.

10 Things You Should Never Do When Hosting a Potluck (Slideshow)

As the host, you obviously want to make sure that the evening runs without a hitch. This is true of course, but only to a certain extent. As the organizer, you can assist the smooth-running of your party by delegating, planning, and providing some food and drink yourself.

If everyone works as a team, follows your clear instructions, and pulls his or her own weight, then you’ll have a fun evening on the way. However, if you give no guidelines, are vague about every detail, and prepare nothing because you’re the host, and therefore consider yourself free from any food and drink responsibility, your potluck will soon descend into disaster.

If you leave a potluck to luck, it will not work in your favor. Abide by these potluck laws, and everything will go brilliantly, just as you planned it.


How to Organize a Potluck Party

The term "potluck party" has an old-fashioned ring to it. We picture ladies in their Sunday bonnets and June Cleaver dresses, teetering in high heels while carrying a large dish covered in a checkered cloth. But in reality, potluck parties are an ideal form of entertainment for the contemporary host or hostess who would like to gather with friends but is too busy running between the office and the soccer fields to host a formal party. Whenever the impulse to host casual get-together strikes, you can call up your friends, neighbors or family, tell them you're organizing a potluck, and ask them to bring along one dish to share with the rest of the group.


How to Organize a Potluck Party

The term "potluck party" has an old-fashioned ring to it. We picture ladies in their Sunday bonnets and June Cleaver dresses, teetering in high heels while carrying a large dish covered in a checkered cloth. But in reality, potluck parties are an ideal form of entertainment for the contemporary host or hostess who would like to gather with friends but is too busy running between the office and the soccer fields to host a formal party. Whenever the impulse to host casual get-together strikes, you can call up your friends, neighbors or family, tell them you're organizing a potluck, and ask them to bring along one dish to share with the rest of the group.


How to Organize a Potluck Party

The term "potluck party" has an old-fashioned ring to it. We picture ladies in their Sunday bonnets and June Cleaver dresses, teetering in high heels while carrying a large dish covered in a checkered cloth. But in reality, potluck parties are an ideal form of entertainment for the contemporary host or hostess who would like to gather with friends but is too busy running between the office and the soccer fields to host a formal party. Whenever the impulse to host casual get-together strikes, you can call up your friends, neighbors or family, tell them you're organizing a potluck, and ask them to bring along one dish to share with the rest of the group.


How to Organize a Potluck Party

The term "potluck party" has an old-fashioned ring to it. We picture ladies in their Sunday bonnets and June Cleaver dresses, teetering in high heels while carrying a large dish covered in a checkered cloth. But in reality, potluck parties are an ideal form of entertainment for the contemporary host or hostess who would like to gather with friends but is too busy running between the office and the soccer fields to host a formal party. Whenever the impulse to host casual get-together strikes, you can call up your friends, neighbors or family, tell them you're organizing a potluck, and ask them to bring along one dish to share with the rest of the group.


How to Organize a Potluck Party

The term "potluck party" has an old-fashioned ring to it. We picture ladies in their Sunday bonnets and June Cleaver dresses, teetering in high heels while carrying a large dish covered in a checkered cloth. But in reality, potluck parties are an ideal form of entertainment for the contemporary host or hostess who would like to gather with friends but is too busy running between the office and the soccer fields to host a formal party. Whenever the impulse to host casual get-together strikes, you can call up your friends, neighbors or family, tell them you're organizing a potluck, and ask them to bring along one dish to share with the rest of the group.


How to Organize a Potluck Party

The term "potluck party" has an old-fashioned ring to it. We picture ladies in their Sunday bonnets and June Cleaver dresses, teetering in high heels while carrying a large dish covered in a checkered cloth. But in reality, potluck parties are an ideal form of entertainment for the contemporary host or hostess who would like to gather with friends but is too busy running between the office and the soccer fields to host a formal party. Whenever the impulse to host casual get-together strikes, you can call up your friends, neighbors or family, tell them you're organizing a potluck, and ask them to bring along one dish to share with the rest of the group.


How to Organize a Potluck Party

The term "potluck party" has an old-fashioned ring to it. We picture ladies in their Sunday bonnets and June Cleaver dresses, teetering in high heels while carrying a large dish covered in a checkered cloth. But in reality, potluck parties are an ideal form of entertainment for the contemporary host or hostess who would like to gather with friends but is too busy running between the office and the soccer fields to host a formal party. Whenever the impulse to host casual get-together strikes, you can call up your friends, neighbors or family, tell them you're organizing a potluck, and ask them to bring along one dish to share with the rest of the group.


How to Organize a Potluck Party

The term "potluck party" has an old-fashioned ring to it. We picture ladies in their Sunday bonnets and June Cleaver dresses, teetering in high heels while carrying a large dish covered in a checkered cloth. But in reality, potluck parties are an ideal form of entertainment for the contemporary host or hostess who would like to gather with friends but is too busy running between the office and the soccer fields to host a formal party. Whenever the impulse to host casual get-together strikes, you can call up your friends, neighbors or family, tell them you're organizing a potluck, and ask them to bring along one dish to share with the rest of the group.


How to Organize a Potluck Party

The term "potluck party" has an old-fashioned ring to it. We picture ladies in their Sunday bonnets and June Cleaver dresses, teetering in high heels while carrying a large dish covered in a checkered cloth. But in reality, potluck parties are an ideal form of entertainment for the contemporary host or hostess who would like to gather with friends but is too busy running between the office and the soccer fields to host a formal party. Whenever the impulse to host casual get-together strikes, you can call up your friends, neighbors or family, tell them you're organizing a potluck, and ask them to bring along one dish to share with the rest of the group.


How to Organize a Potluck Party

The term "potluck party" has an old-fashioned ring to it. We picture ladies in their Sunday bonnets and June Cleaver dresses, teetering in high heels while carrying a large dish covered in a checkered cloth. But in reality, potluck parties are an ideal form of entertainment for the contemporary host or hostess who would like to gather with friends but is too busy running between the office and the soccer fields to host a formal party. Whenever the impulse to host casual get-together strikes, you can call up your friends, neighbors or family, tell them you're organizing a potluck, and ask them to bring along one dish to share with the rest of the group.