“A potluck is a gathering of people where each person is expected to bring a dish of food to be shared among the group. Synonyms include: potluck dinner, Jacob’s join, Jacob’s supper, faith supper, covered dish supper, pitch-in, carry-in, bring-a-plate. “
Apres Thanksgiving! Let the left-overs begin, but why not include your friends, and neighbors, in this flavorful feast?! Chances are you’ll each have a wonderful contribution to the evening’s event. Who said left-overs aren’t better the second time around? You know you’ve tasted something, and have often said “it tastes better the next day”! With food being at an all time high, wages being scarce, or not at all, why not share the bounty of the season? The idea of potluck was to have each member bring a course, decided upon before the actual meal; however, it could be “potluck surprise”. The fun of potluck would be an impromptu calling for a gathering that is informal, and casual, adding to the merriment.
If you are especially ambitious, a themed casual evening could be organized by having your guests wear certain color shirts, Santa hats, ornaments as accessories, or Holiday pajamas and slippers! Another fun idea would be a tree trimming party, complete with potluck dinner. We’ve gotten away from these simple gatherings which bring joy, and create memorable moments especially for children.
Potluck Holiday Open House parties are especially inviting, because they create a feeling of warmth, and welcome to everyone! You may be the trendsetter for the season, and start a yearly tradition in your neighborhood. The very nice aspect of open house is that friends, family, and neighbors can come at their leisure; giving you time to mingle with each, and every one!
Which ever you decide to do, remember to keep it simple, and fun creating a stress-free environment to kick off the season. You may be especially brave, and even include pets!
One thing is certain, as long as one person is alone or hungry, and is within our reach, can there really be a Holiday spirit in our homes, and hearts? I’ll let you decide.
Related articles and Potluck Recipes:
Frugal Food Series: Potluck Favorites (frugalupstate.com)
Intro quote: Georgia Times, Wikipedia
potluck event, deviled eggs- wikipedia
not even a mouse, tree trimming ideas- marthastewart.com
pet friendly potluck- Image by _G2 via Flickr
happy holidays-by ashley brechtel via Flickr