Holiday Potlucks are my favourite!
The holidays are meant to be spent with the people you love, but it can be difficult to find the time in the midst of all your holiday preparation. It may seem impossible to plan a holiday gathering on top of shopping for gifts and decorating for the holidays in addition to all your regular responsibilities.
A great way to maximize quality time with your loved ones and minimize your stress is to host a holiday potluck. This way, you have less to worry about in the kitchen and more time to enjoy the holidays.
These tips will help you efficiently plan the perfect holiday potluck gathering while maintaining the festive spirit that makes this time of the year so special.
Create festive invitations
Get people excited for your potluck by sending out festive invitations. However, not everyone has the time or the skill to create well-designed event invitations. If this is the case for you, try using an online graphic design tool that has Christmas potluck invitation templates for you to use.
Download the invitations, send them over to friends and family via messenger, WhatsApp and email.
Holiday Potluck: Stay organized by coordinating with your guests
The best part of potlucks is all the amazing food options your guests will bring. The only problem is coordinating with everyone. Things can get tricky if all your guests decide to bring the same veggie platter. To avoid this scenario, try sending out a potluck sign up sheet in advance.
SignUp.com is a great online resource that allows you to quickly and easily send out a potluck sign up sheet so everyone knows what to bring. Participants can communicate with the host and other guests through the SignUp app to ensure they are getting all the important details. In addition, they provide automated event reminders so your guests don’t forget the date and time of your gathering in the midst of the holiday madness.
Don’t skip on the details
A potluck is an efficient and low effort event, but that does not mean it needs to feel like it. If you want to elevate your gathering and make it feel a little more upscale, create a menu and decorations to get your guests excited.
Once your guests fill out the potluck sign up sheet, you can use their responses to create your menu. Along with invitation templates, you can find menu templates online that you can use to make your own potluck menu. Send the menu to your guests in advance to get them looking forward to your event or print them out to give to them in person.
Holiday Potluck: Set the right mood with music
Another simple way to jazz up your holiday party is by playing music to suit the mood. Everyone has their favorite songs they want to hear during the holiday season, but we doubt you have access to a DJ. That’s why it’s a great idea to have a playlist prepared with all the songs you and your guests want to hear.
You can also give your guests the power to give their input on the music by using Spotify’s Group Session feature. This feature allows up to five invited participants to pause, play, or skip music as well as add new music to the queue. PocketLint offers more information about Spotify Group Sessions and how to use it. Using a Group Session allows your guests to listen to the music they want to hear so that you don’t have to worry about it.
Prepare for the cleanup
It can be easy to get so caught up in the planning of a potluck that you forget to prepare for the cleanup. With a lot of food, you could be left with a lot of leftovers. Make sure you don’t get caught off guard by making sure you have plenty of Tupperware and cleaning supplies. We recommend making sure you have disposable Tupperware or ones that you are willing to part way with so your guests can take some food for home.