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Pot Luck Dinners Help You Stay on Budget and Bring Friends & Family Together

I love hosting dinner parties for my friends and family because the kids get to play with their friends while the grown-ups dine and chat. Unfortunately, considering how times have been, dinner parties have been on hold… but actually, they don’t need to be any more! Ever tried hosting a potluck dinner? It’s such a fun concept and also a great way to connect with friends and family without breaking the bank.

What you do is invite a few families over and tell them to bring their favorite dish. To make sure you don't have too much of one item and not enough of another, divide the menu into three categories - main dishes, sides, and desserts - and let every family choose something from one of those categories. You’ll have a well-rounded feast in no time and you won’t need to cook more than the usual Friday night dinner. And to top it off, there’s no need to worry about a babysitter!

For those of you lucky enough to have beautiful weather, take your pot luck outdoors! With a pot luck picnic, not only can your kids play outside like we used to do back when we were younger, but, you’ll also get to enjoy beautiful spring weather. You can even turn on the grill and have your friends bring the sides, like potato salad, pasta salad or even just a can of Libby’s sweet corn. Any of these sides are always a hit.

That’s my Winning Solution. How about yours? If you have any Winning Solutions for getting back to the table while stretching grocery dollars, we'd love to hear them! Submit them here. And stay tuned over the next couple of months as Kim Burton, wife of NASCAR driver Jeff Burton and mom of two, joins us from the track. She’ll be blogging from the Get Back to the Table tent at select speedways about how she keeps her family together on the road and what she’s learned from fellow moms!