Potluck Protocol

If you want to throw a quick and easy party, host a potluck -- as long as you follow Etiquette Expert Melanie Perko's Potluck Protocol.  She stopped by to inform us that etiquette rules still apply  - for both hosts and attendees. 

  • Great way to share fun, costs and favorite recipes, but takes host organization
  • Host must assign like dishes (like in cost, heartiness and variety, and theme appropriate) and provide some of the basics, beer, wine, back up dishes
  • Host should not hold a potluck in place of a party where they should be 100% hosting -- birthday, graduation, graduation dinner and wedding
  • Be aware if you are bringing the hors d'oeuvre, you should be on time if not early
  • Be aware of  food allergies so be prepared to list out or announce ingredients
  • Many guests shy away from dips, mayo dishes, creams, anything bacteria producing
  • Know that brownies are the most popular dessert for potlucks
  • Know that a veggie tray is not a dish
  • Label your dish and be prepared to leave contents as a hostess gift, also bring the proper utensils for your dish
  • If you need oven space of prepare time, advise your hostess


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