If you've just moved into a new home, a dinner party is a great way to catch up with friends as you show off your new place. However, these gatherings can be extremely challenging to host. From creating the menu to preparing the meal, many people may be put-off by the amount of responsibility that falls on the host's shoulders.
Potlucks are a great way to enjoy the benefits of a sit-down dinner party without having to do all the work yourself. However, this type of gathering takes a bit of careful planning.
Request that guests RSVP with the dish they are bringing along. If you notice any duplicates, ask one friend to prepare a different item – you don't want a dozen pasta dishes and no dessert! Also, be sensitive to those with different eating habits. If guests are vegan, keep kosher or have food allergies, make sure there is food available that they can enjoy.
While each dish can be served in the container in which it's brought, make sure to have a good amount of serving utensils on hand so that food can be easily doled out.
Set-up folding tables for the potluck items and designate a different area for housewarming gifts so that your dining room table remains uncluttered – remember, you'll need space to eat!