5 Tips for Potlucks and Memorial Day Recipes #SundaySupper

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5 Tips for Potlucks and Memorial Day Recipes #SundaySupper

Red White and Blue #SundaySupper
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
Red Food

White Food

Blue Food

Food Using Two Colors
Red and White Food

Blue and White Food

Red, White and Blue Food

5 Tips for Potlucks by Sunday Supper Movement

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Janet K. Keeler

Award-winning journalist Janet K. Keeler was the longtime food and travel editor of the Tampa Bay Times in St. Petersburg, Fl. She is now an assistant professor of journalism and food writing at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. Janet retired from daily newspaper journalism in April 2015, ending a 35-year career. She has been a news reporter, copy desk chief, and features editor. She is also the author of “Cookielicious: 150 Fabulous Recipes to Bake & Share,” which was published in 2010 by Seaside Publishing.

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May 24, 2015


  1. After entertaining for years I can say those are excellent tips. Running out of serving spoons or having to return people’s dishes is not so great.

  2. Cindy Kerschner

    Those are great tips! I learned the hard way to bring things in disposables. One of my favorite dishes got “legs” lol!


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