Potato salad, green bean casserole, baked beans, corn, brownies. These are all acceptable and welcomed additions to any potluck dinner during the summer months. And, chances are, you'll be invited to more than one potluck affair this summer. But what to bring? The choices are endless, and this often makes making a decision rather hard! Whatever you choose to bring, it's important that it stands out amongst the many other dishes.
Here are a few tips on how to make sure your dish stands out and most importantly, gets eaten:
Presentation is everything - Remember that people eat with their eyes first. If something looks sloppy or haphazardly plated, people will skip it over. Use the correct serving plate or bowl to make sure your dish is eye catching and stands out.
Think about people's likes and dislikes - If you know a lot of the people that are attending the potluck party, take into account their likes and dislikes. Are there more vegetarians than meat eaters? Does someone have an allergy to a specific food. This is not only thoughtful, but it ensures your dish gets eaten first!
Ask around - It's important to know who's bringing what, and if you can't find out from guests directly, it's okay to ask the host what they might need. No one wants to go to a potluck where there is ten pounds of coleslaw!
Moms, what are your favorite go-to pot luck recipes?