We have heard about potlucks, right? And how exactly do they function? Well, these are social gatherings where everyone is expected to make something or the other. However, what makes a potluck successful? Well, that is what we are going to discuss today! With the Halloween season just around the corner, you must be having so many events lined up and a couple of potlucks are pretty much the obvious on the list! Let us find out what things you can do in your potluck to make it stand out! Shall we?
1. Make a category and list of the dishes that will feature at the potluck- sometimes you may have noticed that two individuals have prepared the same dish! If you do not want two recipes to be repeated then you can avoid the trouble by deciding beforehand who is going to prepare what! This way there will be all sorts of dishes and no two ideas will collide with each other. Make sure that there are dishes for all categories! If you are having a casual hang out then such planning is not needed! However, if it is a big event like a Halloween potluck you have to be careful so you don't end up with just a couple of bags of chips.
2. Have enough drinks at the party- a party is incomplete without drinks! The more food in the house the more thirsty visitors will be! Since it is a family party you should have both alcoholics as well as non-alcoholic drinks so there is enough for everyone and suited to their choice. Drinks should be of different flavors as well! Everyone has their own set of preferences and you should make sure that no one falls short. Kids will be around too so keep something fun too!
3. Make food that is convenient to carry- if you are heading to your friend's place for a potluck and you are carrying some food in the back seat of the car then soup or broth is the last thing that you will prefer to carry! You do not want the gravy to spill all over the seat! Unless you are organizing the potluck in your house we would suggest you carry something dry, smoky, or spicy but never soup!
4. Plan to carry or make a lesser amount- don't make a huge amount of a single dish and rather increase the variety! At potlucks, people are more concerned with trying out a variety of options and flavors instead of just focusing on one! You can reduce the quantity of a particular dish so it becomes easier for you to cook( preparing in bulk is always tedious) you can make several items.
5. Pack food in disposable foil packs- let's be honest, no one likes to clean! If you are carrying food or serving it in normal containers then you again have to clean the whole box and that will be an additional job after the party! You can skip the process by packing them in disposable foil which can be thrown away once they are empty.
6. Carry some utensils on your own- if it is a large potluck party then don't expect the host to manage and serve all the utensils in the house! You can rather opt for carrying some with you! This way the pressure of playing the host for one individual is reduced and everyone enjoys the party.
7. Keep ready-to-serve dishes with yourself- don't assume that the host will have all the appliances at your service! There may be too much rush near the microwave too! So the best option with the situation is that you prepare something which can be served without having to heat it like salads or so on! In case you are planning to make something more elaborate make sure you inform the host beforehand so they make preparations.
8. Keep dietary instructions in mind- remember that when you are cooking for a potluck it is for everyone! Some of them may have some special dietary instructions and you have to be careful about it. Some may even be allergic to some food ingredients so you have to ask beforehand and convey the instructions to everyone so that no one encounters an adverse effect.
9. Label the dishes- everyone may have their sort of preferences and you have to label all the dishes you are making so that no one has to guess what food they are eating. It makes it easier for them to select according to their preference and not waste food.
These are some of the points which will make the Halloween potluck a success!
No Halloween party is complete without delicious Halloween potluck treats
The buttery crescent-wrapped sausages look perfect as a treat for potlucks!
Crispy outside and tender inside, the meaty treat is perfect if the guests are looking for a unique sort of appetizer!
Do not waste a second and prepare it this weekend.
Made with lean beef, and grounded meatballs, this recipe is so delectable and attractive we must say!
Displayed on the table, everyone's attention will be on the dish or rather the eyes will be staring at you!
Alright, so you have been invited to a potluck and wondering what to make!
Well, now you do not need to think anymore about the crispy and juicy jalapeno popper at your disposal.
What an exciting treat indeed!
Here is a wonderful way to present the nachos! The salads are presented in the form of puke which the pumpkin threw up after over-indulging during the festive season!
You have to take care of your little pumpkin it seems and give it some rest.
Can you imagine bloody and chopped fingers being served within the buns! Yes, that is exactly what we are talking about!
These hotdogs will take you in awe and leave you quite shaken!
Tell us whether you found it exciting to feast on the sausage fingers for the Halloween potluck.
Here come the creepy witch fingers that are the best when you are looking for appetizer ideas!
You will no longer remain clueless once you have this recipe handy!
Try it out for sure!
We have the classic recipe for the Halloween appetizer right here! The spaghetti and meatballs are delicious and juicy in every bite.
What an easy-peasy snack option that you can enjoy with a creamy dip on the side!
The bloody finger hot dogs are delectable and you should give it a try! Outstanding and perfect especially if you are invited to a potluck but do not have many preparations to make!
Get a bunch of these sausage fingers packed.
The Halloween mummy meatloaves are the perfect treat for the guests at the potluck!
They will hardly expect something so innovative as this one. So are you ready to give it a try to something so lovely and haunting this season?
Then make it right away!
If you are in the mood for something themed for the season then the jack-o-lantern bell pepper is the best to indulge in!
There are loads of filling to keep yourself satiated in every bite!
Plus, it is healthy too!
The witch fingers are super easy for one to make!
All you need to do is be innovative and your appetizer is ready!
The perfect treat for kids as well as adults during holiday potlucks.
If you are planning to make a casserole for the guests at the potluck then why make something ordinary?
Here is a recipe for a creamy casserole with the decoration of a spider web on top.
The loaded mashed potato recipe is a treat to the taste buds.
13. Mummy pizza dip
This is perhaps the best treat that you will come across during the Halloween season!
Easy to prepare for the parties, it is the way that you adorn the dip tray which makes the difference.
Here is a snack that resembles a giant snake. Thank us later for this brilliant recipe now you go ahead and enjoy it for its brilliant taste.
So get your dips ready and dig in. Tell us how much you liked it!
The Green mac and cheese served in a jar makes it seem like a can of toxic waste has accumulated.
At first glance, you will not like to eat it but once you give it a try then you will simply not be able to resist.
Here is something that will surely tempt you! The mac and cheese with spiders are delicious and will suit the occasion so well.
Try it for sure.
If you wish to make something customized to the theme of the party then the bloody guts cinnamon rolls are the best!
These look perfect for the occasion as you pour syrup on them giving a gory appearance too!
Shall we try it then?
The contrasting presence of wasabi and avocado is so gorgeous that you will simply be able to resist the dish!
Rich and flavorful, your party is simply incomplete without a couple of deviled eggs on the table.
This pumpkin had eaten too much and now he is on the verge of throwing up! Here is what you should be having on the table!
Instead of offering pasta salad ordinarily on the table, you can present it in such a marvelous style and see how impressed everyone shall be!
Here is something for you that even adults will be compelled to try out! Make these amazing Halloween pizzas which are ideal for kids as well as adults!
What an excellent idea to make for Halloween potlucks.
21. Oozy green eyes
We have found an innovative way to present the meatballs to the guests! The Oozy green eyes are magnificent with ghost-tagged toothpicks!
What a brilliant idea to engage in this season. Make it for sure.
The great pumpkin brownie is the ideal recipe which is flooded with a smooth touch of frosting on top!
The recipe is so easy to emulate and perfectly seasoned for the season of Halloween!
Look how the pumpkin grins back at you!
The Jack-o-lantern mini pizzas are the best! These are so easy for you to make and render with rich and juicy toppings!
Saucy and spicy, these are perfect to indulge in as appetizers.
Are you ready to try out this dish and be smitten already?
Although it might not look quite appealing you have to agree that most of the dishes as a Halloween platter do look great either!
But if you are looking for something wholesome and creamy then try out the Kitty Litter casserole ground beef Halloween dinner recipe right away!
The Candy corn Oreo truffles are a wonderful creation especially if you have planned to make something sweet and lovely for the guests!
So are you ready to experience the taste of it?
In this recipe, you have to place the cheeseballs in such a way that the Halloween mummy is designed.
Wonderful and yummy, everyone will be smitten by the idea.
What an extraordinary customized theme cheeseball for the season!
Combining lean beef and sauces, the big mac pizza is a treat for pizza lovers! So do not be surprised if the dish disappears in the blink of an eye.
Creamy and flooded with the presence of cheese, what a brilliant choice it is!
Filled with pizza topping and cheese, the spooky calzone snake is outstanding and perfectly matches the theme of Halloween!
Everyone will be quite intrigued by your idea and love to take a bite! Shall we try it then?
Desserts for Halloween are incomplete without the presence of a sumptuous cheesecake for the season.
What a brilliant idea customized to the theme of the party! So don't waste a second and dig in!
Everyone who has a sweet tooth will find the cheesecake so irresistible.
We all love pizzas, don't we? But now imagine a pizza that has all your favorite treats as toppings!
That's right! It becomes even more flavourful and exotic!
A sweet and savory pizza is what we are talking about this season!
The skillet buffalo chicken is gorgeous and you should give it a try!
Flavorful and creamy, first of all, we all love buffalo sauce with chicken, now the excitement just doubles with the pumpkin-shaped representation. Shall we try it then?
With Halloween just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to gather your friends and family for a spooktacular Halloween potluck! Whether you’re after something savory, like a cheesy spiderweb dip, something sweet, like a graveyard cake, or something unique, like glow-in-the-dark punch, these recipes have everything you need to make your party one to remember. So don’t fear—cook up some Halloween treats and let the good times roll! After all, there’s nothing more festive than a night of deliciousness, fun, and laughter. As Mark Twain said, “The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.” Start planning your party today for an unforgettable Halloween celebration.