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Family Reunion Potluck

The easiest way to host a family reunion? Make it a potluck. Assign family members a type of dish (appetizer, entrée, side, dessert) and let them choose what to make, or hand out recipes ahead of time. Keep it casual with a serve-yourself chili buffet so that the focus is on each other—not cooking or cleanup!

 

 

Family Reunion Potluck Party

Family Photo Fun

Nothing says family reunion like photos!

  • Have each branch of the family tree bring a recent photo album for relatives to pass around.
  • Set up a tripod and gather everyone on the front steps or in front of the fireplace for a family photo. Try to stage the photo in the same place every year for extra-fun reminiscing.
  • Place a few digital photo frames around the room. Set them to scroll through pictures taken at past reunions.
  • Decorate the tables and mantels with all the old family photos you can find.

Potluck Menu

Assign family members a recipe or two in advance. Depending on the size of your party, you may want to pare down or double recipes. The host’s in charge of chili and fixings!

The Menu

Quick-to-cook shrimp means you can get this spicy appetizer on the table in just 15 minutes!
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Instead of serving cheese spreads separately, layer them for an attractive appetizer. Sliced almonds and chopped parsley add crunch and color.
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Betty Crocker's Heart Healthy Cookbook shares a recipe! Looking for an Italian appetizer? Then surprise your guests with this wonderful Parmesan and cannellini beans dip flavored with herbs - ready in 25 minutes!
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Here’s a creative idea for serving chili at your next winter party! Serve hearty chili in bread bowls you can eat.
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Homemade macaroni and cheese has never been easier! Your family will love the rich flavor loaded with real cheese and baked right in your oven.
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Everyone loves Caesar salad! Here’s one big enough to serve the whole gang!
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Grill fresh vegetables, then chill and serve with an easy-to-make mustard dip for a deliciously different cold appetizer.
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Here’s the crowd-size version of muffins for your next chili gathering. You’ll get 32 muffins laden with cornmeal and whole kernel corn.
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Everything that's irresistible about a candy bar just got rolled into one recipe—brownies on the bottom, frosting and peanuts in the middle and crunchy cereal on top.
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Munch on a cookie jar favorite that’s hard to resist. This oatmeal cookie boasts the addition of high-fiber bran cereal.
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Chili Add-Ons (box or sidebar)

The best part about a chili party is the toppings. Set out several different fixings so guests can customize their bowls. Here are a few of our favorites:

  • Shredded cheddar or pepper jack cheese
  • Scallions
  • Diced onions
  • Pickled jalapeños
  • Sour cream
  • Hot sauce
  • Chopped black olives
  • Crumbled crackers
  • Corn chips
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