Memorial Day is the unofficial kickoff of summer. It’s also prime time for potluck parties. Is there etiquette for participating in a potluck? You bet there is and if you are considerate of the host and other guests, you’ll make the event go much more smoothly.
Here are 5 potluck tips to follow when you’re bringing a dish to share:
1. If you aren’t assigned a dish, ask the host if there is something she’d like you to bring. Is she short on vegetarian offerings? Does she want something kid friendly? Asking this question helps ensure there isn’t a tableful of pasta salads.
2. Don’t plan on using the host’s equipment unless you’ve prearranged it. Imagine how the party will play out if 10 people show up needing the oven. If your offering needs a blender, bring one.
3. Bring serving utensils. I am sure you’ve been to parties where guests have had to scoop out potato salad with a plastic spoon because that’s all they could find. Write your name on tape and strap it to the handles of serving pieces if you are nervous about losing them.
4. This is not the time for experimentation, especially if you’re a novice cook. Prepare a recipe that you’re familiar with and stay away from “strange” ingredients. “Bizarre Foods” may be fun to watch on TV, but most people are not likely to want to eat Eye of Newt Stew.
5. If you think you might leave before the party is over, bring food in a disposable container. Or buy an inexpensive serving dish at a big-box discount store and leave it for the host. She can recycle it for the next party.
This Memorial Day Weekend, you might be lucky enough to be invited to a potluck party. Our Sunday Supper tastemakers have developed red, white and blue recipes that serve double duty. They are good for holiday gatherings and they also celebrate our veterans by reflecting the colors of the U.S. flag.
Red, white and blue food? Sure thing, especially when you make desserts, salads and drinks with raspberries, strawberries and blueberries.
Some of of our other colorful offerings include shrimp, bruschetta, ribs, potato salad and even white BBQ sauce. Doesn’t that all sound like delicious building blocks for a summer holiday party?
Join us tonight for our live chat hosted by DB aka Foodie Stuntman of Crazy Foodie Stunts. Until then, here’s the preview of the menu to come:
Food Using One Color
- Baby Back Ribs with Roasted Strawberry Barbecue Sauce by Crazy Foodie Stunts
- Baked Tomato Breakfast Cups by Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen
- Red Velvet Milk Shake by Nosh My Way
- Strawberry Meringue Tartlets by What Smells So Good?
- Strawberry Oat Crumble by The Wimpy Vegetarian
- Alabama BBQ Sauce by Sew You Think You Can Cook
- Blueberry Breakfast Cookies by Pies and Plots
- Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream by Cosmopolitan Cornbread
- Blue Velvet Cupcakes by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
Food Using Two Colors
Red and White Food
- Pickled Shrimp with Pico de Gallo by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
- Sausage Rougail (Rougail Saucisse) by The Petit Gourmet
Blue and White Food
- Blueberry Feta Cucumber Salad by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Blueberry Pierogi by Curious Cuisiniere
Red, White and Blue Food
- Berry Berry Celebrations by Momma’s Meals
- Berry Filled Firecracker Cupcakes by The Crumby Cupcake
- Berry Patriotic Chia Seed Pudding by Tasting Page
- Easy Chocolate Covered Marshmallows by Palatable Pastime
- Eton Mess by Caroline’s Cooking
- Greek Yogurt Parfait Bar by Family Foodie
- Grilled Shrimp, Tomato and Bleu Cheese Flatbread by Our Good Life
- Individual Loaded Red, White, and Blue Salads by The Weekend Gourmet
- Patriotic Cocktail by Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch
- Patriotic Panna Cotta by The Freshman Cook
- Red White And Blue Coleslaw by Nik Snacks
- Red, White, and Blue Parfaits by Life Tastes Good
- Red, White and Blue Cherry Pie by Savory Experiments
- Red, White, and Blue Potato Salad by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
- Red, White and Blue Sangria by Food Lust People Love
- Red White and Blue Sundae by Desserts Required
- St. Honore Cake by Jane’s Adventures in Dinner
- Strawberry, Blueberry & Raspberry Cheesecake Crumble by Food Done Light
- Tomato Blue Cheese Crostini by Magnolia Days
- Triple Berry Coconut Chia Pudding Parfaits by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Vanilla Pound Cake with Fresh Berries by Peanut Butter and Peppers
- Watermelon, Feta & Beet Appetizer by Take A Bite Out of Boca
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