Are you planning a potluck, but unsure of some of the basics? One of the most common questions is whether it's spelled "potluck" or "pot luck." In this post, we'll not only settle that debate, but also cover how much food to bring and how to coordinate a potluck. And to make things even easier, we'll show you how you can use Lome to plan the perfect gathering.
What is a potluck and how does it work?
A potluck is a gathering where each person or group brings a dish to share with everyone. This communal way of gathering is popular for many reasons – it's a great way to try new recipes, share cultural cuisine, and of course, connect with others. In most cases, dishes are served buffet-style, and guests can go back for seconds or thirds.
Is it "pot luck" or "potluck"? Why is it even called that?
The term potluck is typically spelled as one word and comes from the sixteenth century where an author used pot-luck to mean the unexpected guest got the “luck of the pot” or whatever was already prepared.
How much food should each person bring to a potluck?
The amount of food each person or group brings to a potluck can vary depending on the number of guests and the type of event. However, a good rule of thumb is to bring enough for at least 10-15 people. If you're unsure about how much to bring or need some inspiration, check out your Lome potluck sign up form to determine how many people are coming to your event. If you need further help, try this cooking for a crowd calculator.
How to coordinate dishes and avoid duplicates
One of the biggest challenges of hosting a potluck is coordinating dishes and ensuring there aren't too many duplicates. One way to avoid this is to create a sign-up sheet or use a tool like Lome to help guests indicate what they plan to bring. This way, you can see what types of dishes will be served and make adjustments as necessary. Additionally, it's a good idea to suggest specific categories (e.g., appetizers, entrees, desserts) to give guests some guidance.
In summary, whether you spell it "potluck" or "pot luck," this type of gathering is a great way to bring friends and family together for a delicious meal. By following our tips on how much food to bring and how to coordinate dishes, you can ensure that everyone has a great time. And don't forget to use Lome to simplify the planning process!