Thank goodness for potluck gatherings. We attend or host these easy repasts all summer long. Sharing meal preparations removes much of the stress. That is, unless everyone brings the same dish.
When the party hosting falls to me, I offer a theme and then keep track of who said they’d bring what. Sometimes, we’ll select a cookbook and everyone brings a dish from its pages. I always have ideas for those who don’t cook or haven’t the time — great hummus and pita chips from the store or a tray of sushi rolls from a local restaurant.