Potluck parties are one of the least stressful and most budget-friendly ways to throw a party. So if you don’t want to end up with 10 bags of chips and not enough real food then needs to follow the rules when it comes to potlucks.
Every guest should follow these 10 Commandments of a Potluck.
10 Commandments of a Potluck
1. Thou shalt not come empty-handed. The official definition of a potluck is “a meal or party to which each of the guests contributes a dish.” not a meal or party to which bringing a dish is optional. Contributing a dish is a requirement for participation (and usually that dish should feed 8 – 10 people.)
2. Thou shalt not bring ice and only ice. Then proceed to eat everything but ice.
3. Thou shalt not assume there will be microwave, stove or refrigerator space available. There is only so much microwave, stove, or refrigerator space to go around. Check with the hosts ahead of time if you plan on making something that needs to be chilled or heated at the party. You might need to alter your plans and bring a dish that can be served at room temperature.
4. Thou shalt know the difference between a side dish and a condiment. Condiments do not count as a dish unless it is your job to supply all the condiments from mayonnaise to mustard to hot sauce.
5. Thou shalt not criticize someone else’s dish. Say something nice about the other homemade food at the potluck otherwise keep your opinions to yourself.
6. Thou shalt not bring a Drama Queen (King) as a plus one. Leave them home.
7. Thou shalt not spark a political debate during the potluck. No matter how much you think the country has gone to rack-and-ruin because of the recent election this is not the time to share your opinions.
8. Thou shalt come prepared. Bring everything you need to serve your dish. People don’t have 20 trivets or 20 serving spoons—bring your own.
9. Thou shalt not bring soup, stew or something else that needs to be served in a bowl. Stick to pasta, chicken wings, Jell-O salad—or any dish can be eaten off of a plate.
10. Thou shalt only take home in a brown bag what you brought in the brown bag. Do not plan to take home dinner for the hubby or your lunch for tomorrow.
We have all been to potlucks where at least one or more of these commandments are broken. For the love of potato salad, be sure you are not one of the guilty ones.