Summertime and the living is easy.
It’s too hot and erratic to plan fancy get-togethers. Who wants to get fancy anyway? Recently Ellen showed us how to host a gracious and easy summertime get-together complete with spouses.
Choose a Weekday
First, she started by choosing a Thursday night. That night worked particularly well because her cleaning crew comes on Thursdays. Also, in these parts, summer weekends beckon people to the river, beach, mountains or children’s travel tournaments. Though my husband commented that it was a school night, he was glad to join the fun and, as always, was one of the last to leave.
Spur of the moment entertaining appeals to me because there is no time for over-the-top expectations. Ellen sent out a simple email to those she thought would be in town.
Please join Duncan and me for a potluck supper this Thursday night at 6:30. Once I know who’s coming, I’ll send out a sign-up so we don’t duplicate. We’ll provide BBQ and drinks.
Make It Potluck
The casual hostess need not feel obligated to provide every item at a dinner. In fact your posse wants to help if they can (that’s why they are your posse). Besides, how many of them have a “Gotta Try” file or Pinterest board filled with recipes that need guinea pigs? Potluck nights provide a great excuse to try one out like rBr did with this
jCb was delighted to get creative with local produce in this
Perfect Potluck makes creating a well-rounded menu easy. As hostess, Ellen provided the main course bbq from local favorite Buzz & Ned’s. She and LBD also provided the beverages. Ellen then fashioned the potluck sign-up to complement the bbq and provide sufficient provisions for the guests.
Only a few summer flowers are necessary to complement your buffet table. Fortunately they are abundant and cheap, especially if they are growing in your own garden. Ellen cut hydrangeas for Ball jars and a few gardenias that had re-bloomed just in time for the evening.
Buffet with Paper Plates
Like I said, this potluck was not intended to be fancy. A simple buffet set-up with paper plates and bandanas for napkins added to the relaxed atmosphere and made clean-up a breeze. It’s always easier to get your spouse to pitch in when there is minimal fuss and stress, making it more likely you’ll do it again!
Just Do It
Too often I hesitate to entertain because I get overwhelmed by everything that I think needs to be done and offered to our guests. There’s a time and a place for that type of entertaining, but it’s not always necessary especially on a Thursday night in the summer. Ellen’s potluck evening proves that your posse will be thrilled to pitch in and make it a special night out for everyone, and I vow to do this myself this summer.
p.s. from Ellen ~ This potluck evening was not intended to be covered by The Gracious Posse, but it turned out to be blog-worthy because of its simplicity. Go ahead, potluck it!
- 6-8 tomatoes of different varieties - heirloom, Hanover etc - cut into bite sized pieces
- 1 large English cucumber - slices cut into quarters
- vidalia or sweet onion cut into half rings
- crumbled feta
- jar of kalamata olives, drained
- Balsamic vinegar
- good extra virgin olive oil
- Thyme or other herb
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Eyeball the proportion of salad ingredients based on number of people serving.
- Drizzle vinegar and oil over combined salad ingredients. Sprinkle herb and salt & pepper to taste. Blend well and allow to marinate for a few hours before serving.