Kraft Paper for Entertaining

by Maggie Battista on December 4, 2012

in Entertaining, Holiday, Main Courses

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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Maggie Battista

Founder at Eat Boutique
Maggie, is the founder of Eat Boutique. She started Eat Boutique as a blog in 2007, and sold out of her first gift box of small batch independent food in 2009. Maggie continues to offer unique and delicious handmade food in tasting subscriptions and seasonal gift boxes for food fans and home cooks. Maggie also hosts Eat Boutique Markets, where she spotlights cookbook authors and food makers. She’s written for Style Me Pretty, Food52, Time Out New York, Spencer Magazine, and writes a cocktail column for the popular wedding blog, Snippet & Ink. Maggie's also created retail experiences for the largest floral and event design company in New England. She regularly travels far distances to find the next great chef, farmer, food maker or host. You can follow her worldwide – and homemade – gastronomic adventures on Twitter at @mizmaggieb or @eatboutique. Maggie's writing her first-ever cookbook Food Gift Love to be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in fall 2015.


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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.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gayle.squires 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?

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