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LOTS of Yummy Potluck Recipes and Ideas

Looking for the best potluck recipes for any occasion? We’ve got you covered with lots of potluck ideas for any event! Whether you are looking for a yummy potluck main dish, potluck salad, potluck desserts, and potluck appetizer – these are sure to be popular dishes!

Looking for the best potluck recipes for any occasion? We've got you covered with lots of potluck ideas for any event! Whether you are looking for a yummy potluck main dish, potluck salad, potluck desserts, and potluck appetizer - these are sure to be popular dishes!

Potluck Recipes

Summer means it’s the most popular time of the year for potlucks so have a yummy potluck recipes on hand! Whether it’s backyard parties or barbecues, family reunions, homeschool co-op celebrations, graduations, Memorial Day, 4th of July or Labor Day, or just a neighborhood cookout – potlucks mean fun, family, friends, games, and delicious food!  I’ve rounded up some of the most popular potluck ideas to keep yourr food a talked about favorite no matter where you go. From main dishes for potlucks, casseroles, salads, side dishes, breads and best potluck desserts to take to your next gathering.

Potluck Ideas

These top pot luck ideas are always loved by young and old! Most of them are very simple and easy to make, transport well, and take less than 30 minutes to prepare! You can even make many of these best potluck ideas ahead of time.

main dish potluck recipes

Potluck main dish

This quick and easy potluck main dish ideas are super yummy and bound to make an impression at your next get-together! Which of these main dish potluck ideas will you try first?

  1. This quick and easy chili mac uses hot dogs and canned chili, mixed with elbow macaroni.
  2. Whip up a batch of crockpot macaroni and cheese to take to your event. I promise it won’t last long.
  3. A warm potato, corn, and sausage toss would be different than anyone else’s contributions, I’m sure!
  4. Slice up a barbecue chicken stromboli into serving sizes that will surely please everyone on the guest list.
  5. Love lasagna but hate messing with the noodles and layers? This one’s perfect for potlucks.
  6. Everyone will grab some of this easy beef stroganoff because it’s unique.
  7. A classic ham and broccoli casserole is so fitting for any event at any time of year.
  8. And you know, the good ole spaghetti casserole is always enjoyed by everyone.
salad potluck recipes

Potluck Salads

Whether you want a light salad, classic potluck salad like coleslaw, or something else – these fun potluck ideas are sure to help you bring the best potluck dish!

9. Chop up the ingredients for this Italian pasta salad and toss in some olives to finish it off.

10. Of course, don’t limit yourself – here are 20 amazing salads you could take!

11. A bright, colorful coleslaw recipe looks so pretty on a plate of mixed dishes, and tastes great too!

12. Make this zesty corn salad to share with your friends and family.

13. Cucumber salad is a fresh and tangy addition to the table.

potluck recipes - side dishes and dips

Potluck Side Sides

14. Fresh veggies and a cool, crisp vegetable garden dip always satisfy.

15. This spinach dip looks fancy, but no one will know it took you only minutes to prepare.

16. Potato salad is always a perfect choice to bring.

17. Green beans go with anything, so this green bean, zucchini, and bacon dish will definitely be appreciated.

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Breads to Pack for a Potluck

18. Here’s a favorite quick yeast rolls recipe that my family loves.

19. Don’t forget your breadmaker. You can make an amazing loaf or rolls to take to the party.

20. Strawberry bread could go on the dessert table it’s so sweet!

21. Lemon bread is often mistaken for cake, so go ahead and set it on the dessert table as well.

22. Slice up some fresh zucchini bread so folks can grab a satisfying piece.

dessert potluck recipes

Potluck Desserts

What meal would be complete without one of these easy potluck desserts! We have found the yummiest potluck dessert ideas!

23. Kids and adults alike will love ending their meal with these easy S’mores cookies.

24. Ok, these are by far, the BEST brownies ever!

25. A common “fluff” dessert that’s fast, easy and delicious is this pink fluff recipe.

26. Try setting out this kid-friendly no-bake pudding cake to delight the crowd.

27. A sweet and rich crockpot lava cake goes well with vanilla ice cream.

28. Summer potlucks finish “delightfully” with luscious lemon delight.

Next time you’re looking for ideas for recipes to take to a potluck, remember this list of tried-and-true crowd pleasers. These recipes are fast and easy, yet you’ll be proud to show off your cooking skills to your friends and family by showing up with them.

DIY Lava Lamp - super easy way to make your own lava lamp with simple things you have around your house. This homemade lava lamp is such a fun science project for kids of all ages to sneak in some summer learning. This science experiment is for toddlers, preschoolers, pre k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and kids of all ages at home, homeschool, summer camps, classroom, etc. Looking for a really fun and memorable science experiment for kids? You will love these EPIC pop rocks experiment. Try this pop rocks science experiment with preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th grade students to try a simple chemical reaction. This Whether you try this pop rocks science experiments for homeschool science, at a science birthday party, or as part of a summer science project - this is a MUST try,  really cool science experimentkids will LOVE. Take your homemade playdough to a whole new level of FUN with this amazing Color Changing Playdough recipe. This is sure to be a hit with toddler, preschool, pre k, kindergarten, first grade, and 2nd grade children alike.  These super EASY to make marshmallow shooters are a must for your summer bucket list. This summer activity for kids is not only fun, but it is actually a STEM activity for kids too! Students assemble, tweak, and design this simple marshmallow cannon to try to get the most distance they can. THis is such a simple, but fun summer activities your preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, and elementary age students in first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grdae, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade students will want to try over summer break!

Summer Fun

Looking for more outdoor activities for kids and things to do in the summer? Your toddler, preschool, pre k, kindergarten, and elementary age kids will love these fun ideas to keep them busy all summer long:

If you are looking for a fun unique activity using eggs, you will love this silly egg head craft. This egg shell diy chia pet is cute, simple and silly spring activities for kids. This egg shell craft is fun for toddler, prsechool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, and 2nd graders too! bleeding tissue paper fireworks craft Spring is the time for field trips to the local zoo. In an attempt to make our homeschool field trips extra fun (and educational) I created these super cute, zoo scavenger hunt templates. We have lots of choices with these zoo scavenger hunt printable pack to accomidate kids of all ages from toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten to elementary age students in first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade students. Whether you use the simple animal scavenger hunt or learn about endagered animals or animal habitats in one of these zoo scavenger hunt ideas - kids will have fun learning about zoology in science. Simply download free printable scavenger hunt pdf file and you are ready to learn about animals with this printable scavenger hunt at your local zoo. EPIC Bubble Painting - kids of all ages will love this fun summer art project where they will make a bubble craft by blowing bubbles. Recipe included for this fun to make, easy, summer activity for kids!

Summer Activities for Kids

Edible Ice Cream Playdough Recipe - amazing 2 ingredient playdough recipe perfect for toddler, preschool, kindergarten and kids of all ages for an ice cream thing, kids activity, or summer bucket list #playdough #playdoughrecipes #icecream This vinegar and baking soda rocket is an out-of-this-world fun AND educational summer activity for kids! Preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade students will enjoy making the baking soda rocket. This how to make a bottle rocket project is one of those really cool science projects your kids will remember forever!  EASY Stained Glass Craft for Kids - this fun art project is great for kids of all ages from toddlers, preschoolers, kindergartners, elementary age age and families to make to bright their front door or a window up with a spring craft for kids. You will love this art project

Fun Summer Activities for Kids

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Deana

Deana Hipwell is a homeschool mom of 3 from North Carolina. She's been The Frugal Homeschooling Mom for the past 8 years since quitting her job as a public school teacher to stay at home and teach her own. She is also the founder of the charitable organization, Homeschool Curriculum Free for Shipping which benefits over 13,000 families nationwide.

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