All of us are familiar with Home Potlucks. To our friends and new acquaintances, it is always nice to cook a meal, invite others to bring something, and enjoy time together, get to know each other and find common interests.
Very often, the host has to put in a lot of effort to make sure the Home Potluck runs as planned, and the food and drinks are sufficient for the group. The schedule has to be right, the cake just well baked, the curry hot and yet caters to those who have delicate lips, the apartment is cleaned, before and after the event and the guests are able to gel with one another.
If we are the sociable type, we always like to be invited. If I find that someone else is invited, and I am not, I tend to sulk and wonder why I am to invited. Maybe, it’s another clique, and I am not in that group. Sometimes, we rather not put up a Post on a home potluck, for fear that we invite someone we dont like or we receive overwhelming responses. Or maybe, we might have two persons who do not like one another, for whatever the reasons.
Then, if we have many responses, it will cost a lot to buy the food and the drinks. And, it will also be a big headache to do the preparation and ooh, the clean-up. Maybe, we can organise one or two Home Potlucks. But, how about every month? No, sometimes, we think better not, to avoid all the headaches. It’s sad if these concerns prevent us from having regular Home Potlucks. Some participants may not bring anything, and just say I shall drop in. Others may bring an item, that two other members have brought along too.
Many of our members are excellent cooks, prepare great dishes and make beautiful kueh kueh. Would it not be nice if we get to taste these foods?
How do we encourage Home cooked food? Sometimes, words are better not said, but I tend to think that we should be open about having home potlucks, some guidelines maybe, some costs ideas?. We then can call these home potlucks an SHC-style Home Potluck. What about "Invite and be Invited"?
(Please do not point or push anyone who respond to this Post to organise a home potluck. This can discourage views and opinions from being raised). Let’s have open ideas and discussison on a SHC-style Home Potluck.