If you're hosting, a summer potluck party is basically the easiest way to entertain. If you're a guest, though, the hard part falls on you. No, not figuring out what to make — you've got tons of ideas for crowd-pleasing pasta salads and casseroles — the hard part is figuring out how to transport the stuff from your house to your friend's house.
Perhaps we can interest you in one of these cute new carriers?
The Àplat Culinary Tote is made from 100 percent organic cotton canvas and features an opening in the center. You simply slide your bowl, pie plate, casserole dish, or Dutch oven through the slot and the vessel will sit horizontal and upright — even when you carry the whole thing by the colorful handles. Plus, the tote is super stylish, with its minimalist design and just a little pop of color (it's also available in green, red, chambray, and more). We particularly love this if your dish is hot — no need to bring the oven mitts with you!
Buy: Àplat Culinary Tote, from $46 at Àplat
It's not cheap, but it's better than wasting money on a dish that you ultimately drop on the pavement and can not serve, right?
The company also offers wine totes, bread carriers, and a garden bag, which can get filled with flowers, citrus, or herbs. All the bags are designed to reduce waste and the low-impact dyeing methods are friendly to the environment. And of course, each bag is washable and reusable — as long as you remember to take it with you when you leave party you brought it to.