Interesting pot luck themes?
A post on the etiquette blog made me wonder... what potluck themes have worked well for people?
One idea listed in the blog was to either pick one nationality to base dinner around, or to have everyone bring something from his or her own background... I guess I'm looking for anything that works, but I'm especially interested in more out there ideas -- like I know someone who had an "Earth, Wind, Water and Fire" potluck that inspired some serious creativity.
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I had one of these and I also have to agree that coming up with the white trash dishes and creativity was really fun. The only bad part I didn't anticipate was that all of that processed food cannot sit out for more than 1/2 hour before it starts getting hard and gross on the outside (like wonder bread sandos and twinkies). Fun time though!
The same colour is a good idea in theory, but not in practice. It becomes really unappetizing.
Some themes inspired by previous threads:
gourmet versions of cafeteria/childhood foods
unlikely fusion foods (ie, swedish-chinese)
foods shaped like other foods (ie, a cupcake disguised as a hamburger)
restaurant copycat foods (ie, PF Chang's lettuce wraps)
foods named after people (ie, crêpes Suzette)
Americanized ethnice foods (ie, chop suey)
I like themes revolving around an ingredient. A friend had a plum potluck and provided links to plum recipes. I attended a peanut butter potluck at work. Next winter I'd like to have a lemon potluck.
My little circle has a "tea" each year. It's fab. Teas, coffees, clotted cream,scones, shaped (using cookie cutters) sammys, small cakes, pies and cookies. The tea/coffee servers, dishes, knives and the like also come out. You can take the day one step further and ask that all dress in period attire. :)KQ