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.

Eat Boutique is an award-winning shop and story-driven recipe site created by Maggie Battista. After hosting pop-up markets for 25,000+ guests, Maggie is now focused on opening her first permanent Eat Boutique​–​a food​-​retail concept space ​with a new way to the very best food. Her second cookbook, A New Way to Food: Recipes That Revamped My Pantry & Made Me Love Me, At Last, will be published by Roost Books/Penguin Random House in 2019. Her first cookbook, Food Gift Love, features more than 100 food gift recipes to make, wrap, and share and is available wherever you find favorite cookbooks.

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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.

  • 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?