There are few things more enjoyable than getting together with a big group of friends and laughing over delicious plates of food. Instead of spending a lot of money to go out to a swanky restaurant, why not invite your pals over for a potluck dinner?
Potluck dinner parties are great ways to try out a variety of meals while catching up with your nearest and dearest. But, to make sure the shindig is a success, precise party planning is key.
Make sure that partygoers tell you what they are cooking a few days before the get together – if everybody is oblivious as to what others are bringing, you could end up with seven pasta dishes and one plate of brownies. Compile a list of what each guest is making and, if one recipe seems to be repeated, ask one of the attendees to whip up a different meal.
Put on your party planning hat and figure out the best layout for your party. Some people prefer hosting the potluck around a large table, while others may opt for a buffet-style dinner. Any set-up is fine, as long as it is conducive to sharing food and good conversation.
Set up a separate area as a cocktail lounge, where guests can chat and relax before it’s time to eat.