Pioneer Woman Dinner Party Potluck

Pioneer Woman Dinner Party Potluck

I absolutely LOVE when our home is filled with family and friends. Like few things bring me more joy. Just looking around at every seat in our home filled with people I love- it’s wonderful.

While we have family dinner pretty regularly, having friends over feels different. We’ve done holiday parties- but they can be work. Good work, but work nonetheless.

I make all the food, clean the house from top to bottom and drag out matching dishes.

Well, I decided enough is enough.  My friends don’t need perfect.  We just want to get together and enjoy each other. So I vowed to make it happen this year.

I scheduled a potluck (so I didn’t have to cook ALLLLL the food) and picked a theme: Pioneer Woman recipes! Everyone LOVED trying new things and the food was delicious!

I made some chicken spaghetti, olive bread, carnitas pizza (which was one of the faves of the night), malted chocolate chip cookies and cherry limeade.  Friends made loaded potatoes, mac and cheese, strawberry oatmeal bars, blueberry tarts and peach dumplings (two other faves!). It was a DELICIOUS meal….but it was also just SO FUN to all be together, let our kids play and enjoy the company.\

Side note: seriously, my friend Staci’s peach dumplings were AMAZING. Make them! 


We sort of split up into three areas for the meal: our dining room, kitchen and we set up a table in the living room (moving our coffee table)….and it was great.  The kids played outside (yes, in the cold….we loaned out lots of jackets and gloves) before dinner and even after in the dark (flashlights are fun toys, it turns out!). And we just loved each other.


Not to harp on this, but I didn’t do much more than a little cooking, setting up the table and vacuuming. I didn’t scrub toilets.  I didn’t clean ceiling fans.

No one cared. We had fun anyway (maybe more fun because it wasn’t “perfect”).

We sort of verbally committed to doing it again in April.  I think we may have a brunch theme next time.  Who doesn’t love breakfast for dinner?  I’m committed to us keeping this up. Not a flash in the pan. Let’s open our homes, serve each other and invite each other in.


It doesn’t have to be perfect. It doesn’t have to be fancy.  We can all bring dishes, in our comfy clothes and messy houses and just BE together.

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