Host an Online Holiday Potluck
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If memories of the holidays drum up “visions of sugar plums dancing” and many other culinary delights, then you’ll want to learn about some of the latest apps and online tools to share your holiday foods. You can now take your love of food online like never before. Social networks and food apps offer wonderful ways to share recipes, photos, chats, and even videos of your favorite holiday recipes.
One of the best ways–and most obvious–is to go online and create an event at Facebook. The event could be called “Holiday Potluck” or any other name. The good thing about this event is that it will have a time and date for people to attend. Invitees may click attend, maybe or decline. Invitees will be asked to share a link to their favorite online recipe, YouTube recipe or even their own pictures and/or attached recipe files. Subsequent events such as a Holiday Cookie Exchange could always be followed up a week later.
Don’t forget after the event, many will want to follow up later especially on the YouTube recipes on their laptops, smart phones, tablets or smart TV. This is if they plan on attempting these recipes.
Another wonderful FREE service for organizing online potlucks is at PerfectPotluck. Here you will create signup sheets, invitations, maps and directions, and email reminders to manage your potluck. This free tool prevents duplication of the same foods or too much of one food group, such as too many desserts and not enough vegetable dishes. This online tool is used for those who will be attending an actual offline potluck at their church, organization or friend’s house. Not just collecting recipes or food pictures online.
If your holiday potluck is more informal and you and your friends are sharing on an unscheduled, sporadic basis you might want to check out the Recipe Binder at Facebook. There is also a link for the iPhone app.
Once downloaded, you may customize it for yourself with your own recipes and those of your friends. There are already default recipes in the app.
Socialtimes is another great online place to go where you can share your online recipes (holiday and non-holiday) and use the Foodily platform on the web site to connect to Twitter and Facebook. You can also go directly to the Foodily app and download it there and start sharing food pictures, recipes, and chats about food from your iPhone.
So with the holidays here it is a not only a time to eat, drink, and be merry–but also to post, share, and link.
So eat up, drink up, and share up!
Cheers and Happy Holidays!
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December 21, 2012 at 6:48 pm
I miss potlucks! These are some great tips though!
December 21, 2012 at 9:56 pm
Thanks, Jess. They are a lot of fun. My MIL’s church has one every week centered around a prayer meeting.
And my family is attending a Christmas potluck at another relative’s house. Potlucks are fun and definitely help split the cost of food in these tough economic times. It’s also fun to watch everyone fight over the leftovers. 😉
Glad you found the article helpful and thanks for commenting. Have a great holiday too.
Mandy Allen @ kitchen blogging
December 24, 2012 at 4:31 am
Excellent idea. I’ve never thought of using facebook in this way. I often ask on the blog what recipes or kitchen ideas people want to see next but now have a new tactic to add to my marketing efforts, thanks for sharing!
Enjoy the journey.
Pat @ Kitchen Blogging
December 24, 2012 at 4:15 pm
The recipe binders are a good idea. I often find great things I want to keep but have no way of referring back to them. And the iPhone app is just right for these modern times when it seems that everyone is using them!