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4th of July Potluck Picnic

Potluck Picnic Ideal for a Family 4th of July Celebration

Many families enjoy a tradition of gathering together for the 4th of July holiday. Sometimes, the same person assumes the responsibility for the get-together, often because they have the largest backyard and other times because they simply like to entertain.

Hosting a large family event every July 4th can be really taxing on just one individual or family unit, so many families opt to share in the responsibilities for this annual party.

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Just like a big church supper, many opt to make their Fourth of July party a potluck-type event, asking that each attendee bring a little something to share with the other guests. Usually, it works out wonderfully, and because the food is made with lots of different hands according to lots of different tastes, you’ll have a great variety to enjoy.

There are a few different ways to handle a potluck picnic.

  • Hold it at someone’s house. That means one person is the host. In this case, you have the option of making the host responsible for the venue only or having them chip in by making some of the food as well. Often, it it’s a barbecue, the host may supply the items that will be prepared on the grill, such as hot dogs, hamburgers, sausages, chicken, etc. Others can bring side dishes, salads, dessert, and beverages.

  • Pack up your picnic basket and find a “neutral” location where everyone can gather. It’s always nice to pick a point that’s convenient to all, but be aware that the Fourth of July holiday means local and county parks are often crowded. If you plan early, however, you might be able to reserve a picnic grove for your event. When having your celebration at a park instead of at someone’s house, everyone will have some responsibility not only for food but also for items such as tablecovers, cups and plates, flatware, etc.

    Organizing your Potluck Picnic

    Some groups of picnickers like to leave everything totally to chance when it comes to bringing potluck items. That means no one is assigned a particular food and everyone just brings their favorite picnic recipe. Remarkably, that often works out just fine and you don’t wind up with 10 desserts and 2 entrees. Sometimes you’re not so lucky!

    Others are much more organized. Remember, if you’re in charge of a family potluck picnic and you want to make assignments as far as what foods to bring, start early so that the contributors have plenty of time to shop and cook. It’s usually best not to make specific requests but to perhaps assign each person to a category: appetizers, entrees, side dishes/salads, dessert, beverages. If you don’t assign just one or two people to bring plates, cups, and napkins, be sure to tell everyone to bring enough of those items for their own family members.

    Don’t forget other essentials as well, such as chairs (folding camp chairs are great!), picnic blankets, folding tables, and anything else you’ll need to accommodate everyone who’s coming to the event. If everyone brings chairs for their family members, for example, it makes it a lot easier for the organizer and no one is left standing.

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