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How To Plan A Thanksgiving Potluck
Planning Thanksgiving can be a really complicated task. It’s the holiday that is meant to remind us of all that we have in the world. However, if we aren’t careful, it can quickly become a day of work and chores. One thing that my family has done to relieve the stress of preparing a Thanksgiving Meal is hosting a potluck rather than relying on one household to provide everything.
Holding a Thanksgiving Potluck is a really great way to share the cost and the work of Thanksgiving. Even better, when the cost is shared, more people are able to be invited. Isn’t that the whole point? To spend a day celebrating the people you love? I think so!
If you think that a Thanksgiving Potluck is exactly what you need this year, then you are going to love what comes next: My hack to plan a Thanksgiving Menu with ease!
The biggest hurdle that my family has had with hosting Thanksgiving Potlucks has always been trying to fill the menu. People were either assigned to an item, or we just brought whatever we wanted. The first year that I hosted, I had no idea if anyone was bringing dishes so I cooked the whole meal. Needless to say, we had a massive amount of food. We ended up with 18 desserts. There was literally a pie for each person! I knew that there had to be a better way.
I wanted everyone to be on the same page. When people get to choose what they cook, it usually tastes better! Not only that, but it’s so much easier to organize if other members of the party can just take their pick. I decided to use a Facebook group to communicate with everyone. It worked like a charm!
1. Start the group.
It’s simple to create a group in Facebook. Just click the three horizontal lines in the corner(also known as a hamburger icon). Then go to “Groups”. There is a little addition sign in the corner. If you click it, Facebook will guide you through creating a group and inviting members!
2. Make it easy for everyone.
Create a basic menu in your phone notes. Then screenshot it and upload it as a photo post inside of the group. This took me about thirty seconds to make:
Be sure to tell everyone to sign up and make suggestions for additional side dishes in the comments. If you aren’t clear about needing this communication, you won’t get it.
As people sign up, update the menu so that it is easy to see who is bringing what. Just edit the post with a new screenshot. It’s fast and can be done from anywhere. This makes it so that you won’t have a bunch of people signing up to bring the same dish, and you won’t have a ton of questions that have already been answered in the comments either.
An Organized Thanksgiving Potluck Menu
This method has made organizing a Thanksgiving Potluck an absolute breeze. We don’t have to guess about whether or not we will get stuffing this year. It has taken the task of organizing thanksgiving from an absolute chore and instead turned the holiday into what it is meant to be: a time to be grateful and remember all of our blessings.
What do you think? Have you ever held a Thanksgiving Potluck? Would you give it a shot?
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