Want to spend time with friends without spending a lot of cash? There's no better way than a potluck. Divide the cooking and share the fun.
Everyday Food, March 2012
- The host often makes the main course. Assign guests categories for the rest of the meal, such as salad or dessert.
- Have friends who are always late? Don't assign them the hors d'oeuvres!
- Ask friends who don't cook to bring bread, fresh fruit, or wine.
- Make room in your refrigerator beforehand for perishable fare.
- You can give your guests a theme to inspire them without requesting that people make specific dishes. Do have recipe suggestions in case they ask.
- Make dishes that travel well -- a platter of fussy appetizers may not survive a car ride.
- Bring food in containers that can go right on the buffet. Don't forget the serving utensils.
- A dish that's ready to serve is best, but let your host know ahead of time if you'll need oven, stove, or fridge space.