This is important for preventing each guest from bringing a dessert and none of the guests bringing savory items such as
the main course, side dishes, salads, or appetizers. One way the host can do this is to indicate on each guest’s invitation
which type of dish they should bring.
The host may assign 2-3 people to bring main dishes and 4-5 people to bring appetizers, 4-5 people to bring side
dishes, 4-5 people to bring salads, and 2-3 people to bring desserts. This will help to ensure there is a variety of items
in each category.
It is also important to consider food service when planning a New Year's Eve party. This logistical matter is especially
important if guests will be providing items which must be served hot. The host might want to consult with the guests to determine
what they will be bringing to contribute and how the food should be served.
If it is necessary to serve the item hot, the host should plan ahead to make accommodations to reheat the item or keep
the item hot if the guest arrives with the item still hot. This is important because dinner will not likely be served immediately
when guests arrive.
Beverages should also be carefully considered when planning a potluck New Year's Eve party. One way to deal with beverages
is for the host to supply all of the beverages.
This is a good solution because alcoholic cocktails are particularly popular for New Years Eve parties. The host may prefer
to plan on providing a few signature cocktails throughout the evening and will want to ensure they have the ingredients necessary
to create those categories.
While the host may want to provide all of the alcoholic beverages, he or she may allow a few guests to bring non-alcoholic
beverages as their contribution to the pot luck.
Finally, when planning a New Year's Eve potluck, it is important to ensure guests are aware of any dietary restrictions
which should be considered when making the food for the party.
For example, if the host is aware that several guests require special diets -- such as diets for diabetics or diets
for those with high blood pressure -- he or she will want to make sure guests who will be preparing food for the party
are also aware of these restrictions.
The host may also want to ensure at least one main dish item is vegetarian, in case any of the guests do not eat meat....