10 Things Under $10 That Will Help You Throw a Better Potluck
Potlucks can be disorganized, messy and sometimes a burden...but they don't have to be. These products will help your next potluck become the effortless party it should be.
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Mini Chalkboard Stands
When everyone brings a little bit of something, it can be hard to remember what food is what. Solve that problem with these adorable chalkboard stands ($9), which not only allow you to label each dish, but are re-usable for many potlucks to come. They add a little bit of fancy to the everyday.
Editor’s Tip: You definitely want to label dishes with allergens, like these seafood apps!
Rubbermaid Serving Bowls
Serve food and package up leftovers all in one thanks to this durable (and stackable!) Rubbermaid set ($12). Each bowl and matching lid makes it easy to transport food from one house to the next—no cling wrap necessary.
Heavy-Duty Serving Utensils
You don’t have to break out your finest china to find a good set of serving utensils. This set of 12 spoons and forks ($8) is durable enough to last for multiple potlucks, but inexpensive enough to become a tableside staple. Just set one in your pasta salad, sauce or dessert, and feast!
Inflatable Ice Buffet Bar
Keep food fresh and chilled for hours while you wait for the party to start, thanks to this inflatable serving buffet ($10). It comes with a convenient drain plug at the bottom for easy emptying and fits perfectly on any long table, with room to serve many dishes at once.
Cupcakes stay pristine until it’s time for dessert (and on the car ride on the way over) with these cute boxes ($5). The insert prevents the cupcakes from moving, and with 3 boxes per pack, everyone at the potluck will leave satisfied. Fill up the boxes with one of these tasty recipes.
Slow Cooker Travel Bag
The days of worrying about spilling a full slow cooker from car to the door are over. This thermal travel bag ($15) comes with two straps for safe, sturdy handling, and a strap inside to hold the lid down and protect you from spills.
Slow Cooker Liners
Slow cookers are essential to any successful potluck (hello, homemade mac and cheese!). But the cleanup after is…less fun. Minimize the mess, and spend less time at the sink, thanks to these slow cooker liners ($9). Simply place them in the cooker before you add the food, and lift them out when it comes time to clean.
Floral Paper Plates
Perk up your party (and save yourself from doing tons of dishes) with these pretty, floral disposable plates ($7). They’re a gorgeous addition to your table no matter the occasion, are strong enough to hold a plateful of food and can easily be tossed out once the potluck is through.
Plastic Dinnerware Set
Step up your average disposable silverware while retaining the classy feel of traditional flatware. This silver 108-piece set ($10) comes with enough forks, knives and spoons for your whole party (and likely more parties after), and can simply be tossed out at the end of the potluck.
Recycled Dinner Napkins
Everyone knows that paper napkins are a potluck must-have—and these are an improved version of those. This package of 100 napkins ($4) is made with 100-percent recycled material, so you can feel good about using them. And since they’re dinner-sized, they can hold up to big messes. Do you know about these surprising items that can be recycled?