What To Take For A Classroom Party Potluck

by Tonya Staab
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Make healthier choices for school parties and potlucks with this simple idea of a fruit platter with honey yogurt dipping sauce.

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Throughout third grade, Marisol had several class brunches on special days that parents were encouraged to contribute a pot luck dish too. Of course, the school preferred that the dishes be healthy, as mess-free as possible, allergy-friendly, and could be enjoyed while the kids watched a movie or playing games.

During the school year, we were are also not allowed to make treats such as cupcakes for class birthday parties, but depending on the teacher, some allowed a fruit platter or Popsicles for the class to enjoy.

So I’ve got the perfect pot luck dish for you for this school year that kids and teachers will love no matter what occasion you are celebrating.

fresh produce in plastic containers and laid out of a platter for a party

Tip: Fruit platters are perfect for kids, but in order to have it cut up and ready-to-serve, choose fruits such as stone fruit, citrus, and grapes that won’t brown while you are transporting them or when left at school for an hour or two before serving.

To make a simple fruit platter more interesting, add a dip like this simple honey, cinnamon and yogurt dip that’s perfect for parties, any time of the day.

How To Make Cinnamon, Honey, Yogurt Fruit Dip

  • 2 cups plain yogurt
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup honey

Add ingredients to a bowl and stir to combine. Refrigerate until ready to take to school.

cinnamon honey and yogurt in a bowl surrounded by fresh fruit

Tip: Provide a spoon and small disposable souffle cups (available at Smart & Final) for kids to dish up their own honey yogurt dip so there is no crowding around the main bowl and the dreaded double-dipping.

Sun Harvest offers a delicious range of fresh fruit such as yellow nectarines, peaches, pluots and grapes which are perfect for fruit platters.

A container of sun harvest peaches

Take the honey to school, you can add an extra little touch of sweetness to the yogurt dip for those who want it.

sun harvest honey shaped like a bear
girl holding a paper plate with fresh fruit and yogurt dipping sauce in a container

Don’t forget to provide Sun Harvest napkins and paper plates along with First Street forks for easy dipping and no sticky fingers.

sun harvest paper plates, napkins and party supplies

This fruit platter with honey yogurt dipping sauce, along with napkins, paper plates and forks are the perfect pot luck items for all class parties this school year.

a platter full of fruit and fruit dip and party supplies surrounding it

What are your favorite pot luck dishes for school parties?

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Sun Harvest products are available at Smart & Final, just look for the logo throughout the store.

inside a smart & final store

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“Smart & Final has a rich history and commitment to inclusion. The ampersand signifies many different components of our company including the partnership between our founders Mr. Smart & Mr. Final, treating our customers like friends & neighbors and serving as a warehouse & market,” said Smart & Final Chief Marketing Officer, Eleanor Hong. “We are rebranding to ensure customers know who we are, what we offer and what we stand for so that they can choose Smart & Final as their primary shopping destination.”

For the remainder of 2015, Smart & Final is scheduled to open 16 additional Smart & FinalExtra! stores including three store conversions.

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Don’t forget to visit the Smart & Final Community for more great ideas, recipes, and coupons, and connect with Smart & Final on Facebook and Twitter.

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