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Hannah asked in Food & DrinkEntertaining · 3 months ago

Ideas for the potluck??

I am getting married in June and many of the wedding party do not know each other. There are a few couples but slot of the people have never met, so we are having all 12 people over our house to eat and get to know each other. However, I don’t want it to be boring! Does anyone have ideas on what we could do?? Has anyone done an event like this??

Also keep in mind, 3 of the wedding party members are years older than everyone else

Any help you’ll be great, thank you!

4 Answers

  • Anonymous
    3 months ago

    wash hands due to corona

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  • Jerry
    Lv 7
    3 months ago

    Potlucks work great for family gatherings where everyone is somewhat familiar with Aunt Jane's lasagna, Cousin Dave's 5 bean salad, Granny's broccoli casserole. But when there are two unfamiliar families, that's putting far too much pressure on people to not only try unfamiliar foods but to do so right there in front of the cook -- who may be offended if one's reaction to that new food is negative. 

    Can you gather a couple electric skillets and/or griddles to put on a cooked at the table pancake supper? You and your intended take turns making pancakes so that both of you get a chance to eat. Since the cooks are there at the table, everyone is part of the get together. And "We're all here together eating pancakes as they cook" gives structure to the gathering, avoids the awkward "We're all here together doing nothing and wondering what to say" intervals. 

    Use precooked breakfast meats (and vegetarian options?) and make up the pancake batter ahead of time. Make it festive with a variety of pancake toppings: real maple syrup, honey, butter, real whipped cream, fresh fruits, fruit preserves, and so on. Make cartons of yogurt available to those who want to avoid the carb-bomb of pancakes. An extra table, like a folding work table, may be wanted to hold the griddles. 

    I got the idea of hosting pancake suppers from the American painter James McNeill Whistler. Not having the funds or the servants to give the sort of dinner parties his friends gave, he prepared pancakes at the dinner table for his guests. 

    The big drawback is that everyone needs table and chair to eat. No way you can eat pancakes from a plate in your lap. 

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  • 3 months ago

    Maybe have a chilli bar. Make a big pot of chilli, and have a bunch of toppings to go on it that people can add as they like. You could have salad and a veggie platter on the side, and for the ones that don't like chilli, have a sub making station available as well so that guests can make their own subs.

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  • 3 months ago

    Do a potluck sign up for like, 3 main dishes, 4 sides, 2 drinks, 2 desserts, and you supply one of the mains and an app like chips and dip or something. Then find some fun "minute to win it" games for people to participate in

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