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Potluck Invitation Wording For All Seasons

Whoever invented the potluck was a genius. Having everyone bring a dish to the party not only saves the beleaguered host from cooking for a bajillion people, but ensures there’s enough grub to go around. On top of all that, it reduces cleanup, as guests pack up their leftover dips and casseroles at the end of the proceedings.

But if you’re reading this article, you already know all that. What you’re looking for are some ideas for potluck invitation wording. Well, you’re in luck – pot luck, that is.

A potluck invitation needs to convey all the usual party details, along with instructions for bringing a dish to share. Of course, everything goes down better with a spoonful of style and humor. Just be careful not to distract invitees with a lot of verbiage (clever though it may be). With that in mind, here are some sample wording ideas for different types of potluck gatherings.

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Note: Only the first example below includes a full set of event details – the rest are abbreviated to avoid repetition. For your own invite, make sure you include the date, time, location, RSVP info, and potluck instructions (along with any other information you need to pass along).


Here are a few invitation wording ideas that work for just about any sort of potluck, whether it’s at the office or someone’s home.

  • You’re invited to a
    Potluck Dinner Party
    Saturday, March 7 at 5 PM
    The Johnson Home
    1234 Potluck Lane, Andersonville
    RSVP to Andy (123-4567 / andy@emailprovider) by February 20
    Bring your family – and a favorite dish to share!
  • You’ve heard of tough luck, blind luck, and beginner’s luck, but the best luck of all is… POT Luck!
    Please Join Us For A
    Potluck Party
    Bring your favorite casserole or appetizer to share!
  • Do you like good food, good drinks, and good company?
    Well, you’re in luck… POT luck, that is!
    We’re having an
    Appetizer Potluck & Cocktail Hour
    You bring the foods – we got the booze
  • Please join us for our
    Annual Office Potluck
    Sign up to bring a dish at Patty Russell’s office (302B)
  • Do you like food?
    Do you like friends?
    Do you like dumb questions?
    If the answer to the first two questions is yes, join us for
    Bella and Steve’s Amazing Potluck Adventure


Halloween potluck invitations have a unique flavor (so to speak). For more ideas, see our guide to Halloween party invitation wording.

  • Calling all hungry monsters!
    It’s time for our
    Spook-tacular Halloween Potluck
    Come if you dare – with a dish to share!
  • It’s time to
    Eat, Shriek & Be Scary
    Bring your monstrous appetite (and a dish to share) to our
    Spooky Cool Halloween Potluck
  • Trick or Treat
    Smell Our Feet
    Our Halloween Potluck
    Will be Full of Good Eats
  • Hey all you witches and warlocks…
    Join us for our
    Enchanting Halloween Potluck
    We’ll have a few tasty dishes fresh out of the coven – you bring your own spellbinding concoction to share


Here’s some potluck invitation wording for Thanksgiving (or Friendsgiving, if you prefer). You can find more options in this article on Thanksgiving invitation wording.

  • Thanksgiving is a time of sharing, so what better way to celebrate than with a
    “Friendsgiving” Potluck
    We’ll take care of the turkey – you bring a favorite holiday dish to share!
  • “The best family is the one you choose.”
    Come celebrate the season in the company of friends at our
    Friendsgiving Potluck
    Bring a side dish to share (or just bring yourself)
    We’ve got the bird and a few basics covered
  • Which Thanksgiving side dish is best?
    Join us as we attempt to answer this age-old question at our
    Terrific Turkey Day Potluck
    Bring your sensational side to this Thanksgiving throw down!
  • It’s the season of gratitude, and we would be most grateful if you would join us at our
    Thanksgiving Feast
    Bring a favorite side dish to share, or just bring yourself – there won’t be any shortage of food!


Potlucks abound at Christmastime. Here’s some sample wording for a holiday potluck invitation. If you’re running a gift exchange as part of your get-together, we have a dedicated article for that.

  • On Dasher, on Dancer, on Prancer, on Vixen!
    Bring a dish you’re fond of fixin’!
    That’s right, it’s our
    Annual Christmas Potluck Party
  • You’re cordially invited to a
    Holiday Cocktail Party & Potluck
    Bring an appetizer to share, and celebrate the season with an evening of food, friends, and festive fun!
  • ‘Tis the season for sharing laughs, gifts, and of course… FOOD!
    Join us for our fantastically festive
    Holiday Potluck & Gift Exchange
  • Jingle all the way to our
    Annual Office Potluck Party
    Sign up to bring your best and most festive dish to share
    It’s going to (Jingle Bell) rock!


Here’s some wording you can use for a barbecue potluck invitation.

  • We’re grillin’ up an
    Awesome Potluck Picnic
    And you’re invited!
    We’ll have burgers and beers – you bring a tasty side or appetizer to share!
  • Hey all you ladies and dudes…
    Let’s get together for some drinks and food!
    We’re throwing a
    Backyard Barbecue Bash
    Bring yourself and a favorite side to share!
  • Hot Diggity Dog!
    Join us for some fun in the sun at our
    Pool Party Potluck
    We’ll have dogs aplenty – you bring a delicious dish of your own to share


Finally, here’s some simple wording tailored for a casual email invitation. In this example, the “this link” wording could point to an online signup service like this one.

  • Subject: Join Us For a Potluck!

    Hey Everyone,
    How would you like to get together for some good food and fantastic company? Well, we’re hosting a potluck at our place, and we’d love to see you there! Here are the details:

    Saturday, September 5 at 6 PM
    Alice and John’s House
    1234 Crockpot Lane, Jamestown

    Please RSVP by replying to this email by August 25. You can sign up to bring a dish by following this link. If you can’t bring a dish to share for any reason, please come anyway – we want you there!


Mat Jobe