You may have a great backyard and a willingness to entertain the masses during the summer month,s but if you don’t have the budget for frequent gatherings at your home, it doesn’t mean you should avoid entertaining this summer. If you want to invite your family and friends over, but don’t have the cash for burgers, hot dogs, and drinks, throw a potluck party! If you have never had a potluck meal before, it simply means that you host the soiree and the guests you invite each bring something for the meal.
How to Host the Perfect Summertime Potluck 1 of 6
Click through for all the tips you need to host the perfect potluck this summer!
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YouÃï¿½Â¢Ã¯Â¿Â½Ã¯Â¿Â½re Not Alone 2 of 6
Many people are in the same boat budget-wise; they have enough to make the ends meet, but not much left over when the bills are paid. Too often, people will sulk about what they can't do when money is an issue. The good news is that more people are understanding of sensitive money matters and are getting creative about having fun.
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Preplan Your Idea 3 of 6
The most important thing to remember is that the key focus of your potluck cookout is being able to spend time with family and friends while not blowing your budget in the process. You want to delegate what items are needed for the occasion so make a list of things you need including food, charcoal, drinks, and desserts.
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Invite the Masses 4 of 6
Create invitations for your family and friends even if they are just handwritten notes or computer-generated invites. Outline the date, time, location and other important details your guest will need to know. Inform them it is a potluck occasion and they will need to bring a covered dish, dessert, or other item. It's wise to divide up who should bring what kind of item so you don't end up with 35 desserts and nothing else. On several invitations, ask for a dessert, on several others ask for appetizers or snacks, and so on until all of your basics are covered.
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Create the Fun 5 of 6
As the host, you shouldn't have to shell out much cash, but should still put a little fun into the day. Plan some old-fashioned backyard games for the kids (water balloons anyone?). Collect old board games or decks of cards for the adults to play. Find an extension cord and bring your CD collection out to the patio.
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Suggest a Round Robin 6 of 6
When your family and friends gather for your first potluck cookout, suggest starting a tradition and swapping houses for the next one. Since no one is responsible for buying everything for the cookout, it can be a great tradition to start for frugal summertime entertaining.
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