Do you want to throw a party but you don’t want to be responsible for all of the food and drink? No problem! I have a few tips and tricks to help you organize your neighborhood block party, or a Potluck in your backyard.
There’s a saying, “if you don’t set an expectation, it leads to nothing but disappointment”. A lot of people are challenged by setting expectations because they think it’s being bossy. Guess what, it is but that is OK! I am giving you permission to be bossy. It is all about your town.
One reason you need to set the expectation as you don’t want everyone showing up with a gelatin salad or a dozen varieties of deviled eggs. You want to create a party with a variety of flavor profiles and you are the engineer of that train.
People truly want direction. Everyone has very busy lives and don’t necessarily have the time to sit down and consider what they might bring to the potluck. If you give them direction, even just as far as category of food, that is helpful to both you and the attendee.
Remember, being clear is being kind. Don’t overthink asking for your guests to let you know what they’re bringing is being picky. In the end, you will have a lovely get together and create memories and that’s the goal. I woke up open.