I am a big fan of potlucks. My young adult group, and baptism class folks will tell you this as fact. So I am always planning them. In my experience, here are 5 tips for throwing a raging potluck of awesomeness.
5. Farmer Sausage. Someone has to bring some meat. It is central to any good potluck. We are Mennonite and nothing screams Mennonite more than PRAIRIE farmer sausage. Canadian prairie in particular. Farmer sausage from Saskatchewan is great, but farmer sausage from Manitoba is straight from heaven.
4. Make sure it is not all salad. Last year before our first Baptism class of the year I asked everyone to bring something for our potluck lunch. Excited because I love potlucks, I showed up to see that every single person brought salad… and yes, I brought a salad too. Devastating. If you feel this is a real danger, send the youtube video below via email, or other social media. It serves as a good warning.
3. That Jell-O with the fruit in it is really really good. Make sure someone brings it. It shouldn’t be good though because frankly it looks gross. But it is awesome. I don’t know who thought of it, but they are a potluck dessert champion and deserve the most elite of Mennonite status… whether they are ethnic Mennonite or not…
2. Don’t spike the church juice. It’s not that kind of party. Though if the juice has fermented long enough in the fridge it may unintentionally turn into one.
1. Guilt the people who are eating at the potluck but didn’t bring anything. They will learn for next time. Every potluck has them. They are like ninjas. They are unseen but you know they are there lurking in the shadows. And they are freeloading. Seek them out. Find them and passive aggressively let them know that freeloading is not how your potluck rolls.
What would you add to this list?