Listen, there are plenty of delicious dishes to bring to a party. You don’t have to resort to bringing flavorless foods, controversial ingredients, or something that’s premade at the grocery store and actually quite sad. And you don’t have to be a master chef in order to bring an impressive potluck dish. Some of the best dishes and the biggest crowd-pleasers are oh-so-simple. (See: Buffalo chicken dip.)
No one wants to show up to a party empty-handed. But, if you’re tempted to bring these 25 awful foods as your guest, you may be better off…
You’re bringing over a chicken Caesar salad, and that’s a perfect dish to bring along! However, your chicken breasts are still raw and unseasoned, your cheese is a block, and your dressing is still half anchovies (in the can). Prepare your dish (as much as possible) in advance. Your host will need the kitchen.
Unless you’re specifically asked to prepare a turkey or bring along a Honey Baked Ham, bringing along a main dish (particularly a protein or a roast) is an insult to your host’s cooking.
If you’re in charge of chips and salsa, don’t be lazy. Salsa is super easy to make from scratch, and these 13 recipes prove it.
Listen, vegetables and plant-based diets are going to be a huge food trend this year, but showing up with chopped broccoli and carrots from the grocery store is a bare-minimum effort.
If you follow a specific diet, then it’s perfectly acceptable for you to bring a gluten-free dish to share — as long as you’re open about what you’re serving. Making “mashed potatoes” that are actually 80 percent cauliflower is a no-no. People will notice. And they will be angry.
Unless you’re going to a very specifically stated BYOB party (in which case, you’re probably in college), bring alcohol for everyone to enjoy or no alcohol at all. If you bring a bottle of craft beer just for you and a buddy, that’s pretty exclusionary and rude to your fellow guests (and no way to make new friends).
Your cake? Stunning with all its piping and sugar flowers. Your caprese salad? Expertly stacked and full of beautiful, bold colors. But the flavor? It’s not there. Don’t forego taste for style.
We love repurposing turkey for turkey salad and second-day bread for croutons, but those reimagined dishes are not meant for sharing.
Not only do lettuce wraps not travel well, but unless your friends (and host) are a bunch of health nuts, people will miss bread. Bring the carbs.
Mayonnaise-based dishes, such as creamy macaroni salad are classic party foods. But have you ever left them out in the sun? These classic party sides will turn real quick.
It’s a divisive food. Let’s just not start that conversation again.
Peanuts, walnuts, and almonds are great bar snacks and are great for a cocktail party. However, if they’re still in their shells, those shells will get everywhere. And your host will hate you.
Not only are olives a food that people either love or hate, but bringing them to a party could start a riot. If you’re going to go this route, at least bring an entire antipasto plate.
Sushi is a great lunch option. What it is not is a food that can sit out for long periods of time or a food that travels well.
Unless the party you’re attending is actually a weekend of camping, leave the trail mix for your lunchbox.
It’s smelly. Need we say more?
Ribs are delicious. They are the perfect cookout food and can easily be transported nicely in a slow cooker, if need be. However, you have to watch the sauce. Ribs can get very messy very quickly.
See: Very saucy ribs. Consider a crispy wing recipe instead.
Listen, the 24 aforementioned things are really, really bad to bring to a party. But it’s even worse to show up empty handed. Consider at least bringing a bottle of wine — or one of these 25 delicious party dishes.