Monday, August 26, 2013

Party Planner: Potluck Pig Out Barbecue

While I often enjoy being the hostess who creates and executes the full party menu from start to finish, it can also be a lot of fun to let friends show off their culinary talents by organizing a potluck event. I recently held a barbecue where I provided the basic barbecue essentials (meat, buns, condiments, and adult beverages) and asked each guest to bring an appetizer, side, or dessert to share.

The BBQ basics are all set, with a few delicious sides!

Spreading the tasks out among the group made this event very easy to plan, which allowed me to take a little extra time developing a signature cocktail and working on a few crafts!

Refreshing raspberry lemonade on a hot summer day

I was inspired by the marvelous Sara of Confetti Sunshine, where I discovered these adorable "Pig Out" printables that she had created for her husband's birthday party (check out the party here) - it was the perfect theme for a Sunday barbecue for friends with big appetites! I cut out her adorable food tents (seriously, how cute are those pigs?!) and mounted them on glittery cardstock to display our menu items.

Guests' names were typed onto the food signs then used as drink tags

I used a circle puncher on the food tent design to make drink tags that were placed on the mason jars full of our signature cocktail, a low calorie raspberry lemonade.

Confetti Sunshine also designed a great Pig Out flag and cute pig placemats - I printed these out and used them as decor on the appetizer table and the utensil station.

Left: The Pig Out signs on the utensil station
Right: A dessert food tent (item written in metallic pen; because it was potluck, I didn't know what we'd be serving until the guests arrived so I left the cards blank)

I wrapped up some quick utensil packs with the same raffia that was used to tie the name tags on the mason jars (crafty, but also functional!). It turns out that the name tags were much needed, as everyone really loved the signature cocktail so everyone's drinks looks identical (recipe to come soon). Many thanks to Sara of Confetti Sunshine for providing these fantastic free printables - make sure you head over to her blog and check out all of her beautiful parties!

We definitely took the Pig Out theme to heart and had a blast sampling each other's offerings.

Which kind of entertaining do you prefer - potluck-style, or planning it out entirely on your own?



  1. Great party! I haven't really tried a full potluck event, but you make me want to plan one :)

    1. It was a great way to try out our friends' signature dishes - definitely some very delicious items!


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