SignUpGenius.com Home Volunteer sign ups sign up volunteers
SignUpGenius Home About SignUpGenius Build a Sign Up Find a Sign Up Resources Help Login | Register Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

10 Crowd-Pleasing Potluck Themes

Pin It

Who doesn't like a potluck? A variety of dishes from a variety of cooks means there's bound to be something you've never tried before! Here is a list of ten great potluck themes guaranteed to produce an abundant mosaic of colors, tastes and textures - all will love! Potluck ideas

  1. It’s a Small World
    An International Potluck with specialties from around the world creates a bold, engaging atmosphere. Invite a smorgasbord of Italian, French, German, African, Moroccan, Indian, Greek, Mexican, Chinese, Japanese, or Thai cuisine into your menu. From an authentic antipasto salad to a Chinese chicken slaw, the possibilities are endless!
     
  2. Mexican Fiesta
    Everything about the Mexican Potluck emphasizes family, friends and tradition. Tortilla chips & guacamole, taco shells, refried beans, seasoned shredded chicken or ground beef, fajitas, enchiladas, Spanish rice and diced mango will really give your potluck old world sizzle.
     
  3. Breakfast for Dinner
    A Breakfast Potluck featuring an assortment of rich and delicious breakfast items is always a huge crowd pleaser. Pancakes, eggs, bacon, hash browns, biscuits, country ham, French toast, coffee cake, sausage, cheese quiche and a variety of jellies, jams and syrups will have even your finicky eaters asking for seconds.
     
  4. Southern BBQ
    There are few things in the South more universally revered than a good ole' southern barbecue potluck.  In addition to BBQ pork, brisket, chicken or ribs, a plentiful potluck may include culinary delights like cornbread, baked beans, potato salad, cole slaw, macaroni & cheese, cobbler and banana pudding.

    Click here to view a sample sign up.


  5. Alphabet Soup
    With 26 letters to choose from, pick one and run with it! Things that start with "C" may become a creative cornucopia that can include chili, chowder, chicken, carrots, cauliflower, calamari, chips, cucumbers, corn, couscous, cake, coconut, cookies, curly fries, chocolate and candy.
     
  6. Memory Lane
    A Comfort Food Potluck has its own unique style and invokes feelings of nostalgia and warmth. Home style favorites like macaroni and cheese, chicken & dumplings, chili, mashed potatoes, pork chops & gravy, meatloaf, apple pie and chocolate chip cookies are a few potluck hall of famers.
     
  7. Heart & Soul
    A Soul Food Potluck is a tasteful delight for all to experience and enjoy at least once, and this creative theme is a favorite among cooks and food lovers alike. Potluck showstoppers may include fried chicken, pork ribs, succotash, corn bread, okra, black eyed peas, shrimp and grits, fried green tomatoes, collard greens and beans over rice.
     
  8. Giving Thanks
    It doesn’t have to be Thanksgiving Day to give thanks and host a party that features all of your holiday favorites. Even if you get a new twist on an old classic, roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, yams, green bean casserole and pumpkin pie can be enjoyed all year round.

    Share your blessings with others by collecting donations for a local Food Bank using SignUpGenius Payments!  Find out how HERE.


     

  9. The Last Meal
    This unique potluck theme lets your guests choose any item to bring… as long as it begins with the first letter of their last name. Sarah Smith can bring spaghetti, Barbara Brown can bring buffalo wings, Mary Martin can bring mud pie and so on….and so on.
     
  10. Barnyard Fun
    For a fun down-home feel, you can enjoy a collection of dishes made from anything you would find on a farm. This theme offers a wide variety of food, from vegetarian to meat-inspired, plus the usual range of desserts and breads. There is a lot to choose from but popular meals are barnyard stew, chicken pot pie, roasted pork, sliced turkey, creamed corn, fresh fruits and vegetables, egg salad and zucchini bread to name a few.

Posted by Helena LaGarde



COMMENTS:
Posted by Angel Rutledge on Tue Aug 27, 2013 9:07 AM EST
Good catch, Emily! Our daily fare may be pretty similar but what about beaver tails and poutine, eh? But you're right, it probably wouldn't warrant a separate potluck theme. We stand corrected.
Report Abuse
Posted by Emily Rankin on Mon Aug 26, 2013 8:25 PM EST
Canadian food? I'm pretty sure we eat the exact same foods as our Northern friends...Maybe i'll bring Maple syrup to the next international potluck I attend.
Report Abuse
Posted by Sandra West on Wed Dec 5, 2012 10:00 PM EST
Potluck Themes
Report Abuse
Posted by Lisa Limes on Thu Nov 1, 2012 5:03 PM EST
At our office we always incorporate a contest to bring out the best dished and competitve spirit. We do Chili Cookoff, The best dip contest, etc. It seems to make people go all out because they want to impress and win. Also, the blind judging is fun for everyone else. Naturally not everyone participates in the contest so you have plenty of variety.
Report Abuse
Posted by Kalei Tong on Tue Oct 23, 2012 2:56 PM EST
A Hawaiian Luau is another great theme. Unique flavorings, entertainment, hula dancing, and good fun.
Report Abuse
Posted by S Reynolds on Sun Oct 21, 2012 10:58 AM EST
I host a family gathering once a month where our meals are set around themes. Thank you for posting these fun and creative ideas.
Report Abuse
Posted by Andrea S on Sun May 6, 2012 4:46 AM EST
These ideas are quite unique and helpful. These are wonderful ideas and I will use them. Thanks
Report Abuse

Post Your Comment

NOTE: You do not need an account to post. For the ability to delete, create an account.

First Name:*   
Last Name:*   
Email:*   
Comment:* 
Spam Verification:*  What is 4 + 6?  

Email me when new comments are made to this page

Organize Your Potluck Online!
Sign Up List BUILD A FREE SIGN UP SHEET
Sign-Up Sheet WE SEND OUT EMAIL INVITES
Sign-Up Template PEOPLE SIGN UP ONLINE 24-7
Signup Form WE SEND EMAIL REMINDERS

View Example
Create A Sign Up

    Learn More    





This is such a great tool! Evite is well-known and great, but if you need to coordinate responses as well as volunteers and potluck items... this is the thing!!! What an awesome service you are providing. I’m in the process of planning a potentially large open-house party to celebrate life with a very sick friend in our neighborhood.... Evite could in no way handle what I needed. I’m so grateful to find your service. After only a couple hours of the sign up going live, I was already so relieved I used it!
Jen Niemo - Concord, CA
See what others say




Recent Home & Family Articles
Plan the Perfect Picnic
Pack up those delicious sandwiches, side salads, drinks, and desserts and head outdoors for a refreshing summer meal.


A Summer BlockBuster
Plan a cool summertime block party and invite your neighbors to drop in for the fun!


Host a Kid Friendly 4th of July Picnic
There's nothing better than a summer day filled with family activities and an all-star party table for the ultimate 4th of July celebration!



Related Articles
Ten Totally Inexpensive but Super Fun Spring Break Activity Ideas
Check out these ten ideas for inexpensive spring break, family fun!


Big Game Entertainment
Make sure your "big game" entertaining is a "big winner!"




Follow SignUpGenius on Facebook       Follow SignUpGenius on Pinterest       Follow SignUpGenius on Twitter
ABOUT
What is SignUpGenius?
Features
Testimonials
Pricing
SignUpGenius Pro
SignUpGenius Payments
    SIGN UPS
Build a Sign Up
Find a Sign Up

OUR COMPANY
The Genius Team
Press/Media Kit
    RESOURCES
Genius Blog
Resource Articles
Webinars
Videos
Downloadables
Logos & Web Buttons
    USE IT FOR
School Sign Ups
Home/Family Sign Ups
Sports Sign Ups
Church/Temple Sign Ups
Nonprofit Sign Ups
Business Sign Ups

©2014 SignUpGenius. All Rights Reserved. Site Map | Privacy Policy