As the weather starts to heat up, it’s time to plan for the quintessential summer activity – the potluck! Whether you’re hosting or attending one, potlucks are a great way to share delicious food and spend time with loved ones. Here are some summertime potluck ideas to inspire your culinary creativity.

1. Grilled meats and veggies

Summer is the perfect time for grilling, so why not make that the focus of your potluck? Prepare some marinated chicken, beef or vegetables and grill them up to perfection. Serve them with a variety of sauces and toppings for a customizable meal.

2. Pasta salad

Pasta salad is a classic potluck dish that’s always a crowd-pleaser. It’s easy to make and can be customized with a variety of ingredients. Try adding some fresh veggies, cheese, and a tangy dressing to create a delicious and filling side dish.

3. Fruit salad

Nothing says summer like fresh fruit! Create a colorful and refreshing fruit salad by combining a variety of seasonal fruits. You can even make it more fun by serving the fruit in a watermelon or pineapple bowl.

4. S’mores dip

Who says you need a campfire to enjoy s’mores? Make a crowd-pleasing dessert by creating a s’mores dip. Layer chocolate chips, marshmallows and graham crackers in a baking dish and bake until gooey and delicious. Serve with extra graham crackers for dipping.

5. Lemonade bar

Quench your guests’ thirst with a lemonade bar. Set up a variety of lemonade flavors and let guests customize their drinks with fresh fruit, herbs, and syrups. It’s a refreshing and fun way to stay cool during the summer heat.

No matter what you decide to bring to your next potluck, remember that the most important thing is spending time with loved ones and enjoying delicious food together. Happy potlucking!