Kraft Paper for Entertaining




Potlucks are the best. The stress factor is low, almost zilch. And the food is varied, there’s almost always something to please everyone. The hardest part of any potluck, especially a big one at the holidays, is explaining who made which dish and what’s in each dish and blah blah blah. If it’s 20 or 30 dishes, it can take forever.

Problem solved! I run 100% recycled kraft paper down a long table, splash about a bunch of markers and direct guests to write down all the delicious details right by their dish. I also love the consistent look it offers when there’s a mishmash of different plates and containers.

I did this for the Marisa McClellan potluck this summer and Apartment Therapy asked me to explain the idea in a recent video on their site. Enjoy the photos from our kraft paper potluck and check out my One Minute Tip on Apartment Therapy.


All photos taken by Maggie Battista.

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  • Sara

    Thanks for the idea! I’ve tried placecards, and generally just hovering over the buffet to explain everything, and this is a little bit easier on the host.

  • Gayle Squires

    I love this idea. I’m buying a roll of kraft paper now. Such a rustic look and fun to decorate. And posting the menu on the wall – brilliant!

    My table is 3 X 6.5: do I get 3- or 4-feet wide paper?