Chowhounds, how do you respond when someone invites you to "a cookout" for dinner and, as soon as you say yes and ask, "Can I bring anything?" tells you to bring "the dessert"?
"For the everyone?" you ask. "Sure," he says, adding, "there will be about nineteen of us."
Yikes! "That's a lot of dessert!" you say, hoping he'll tell just to bring a pie or cake, regardless of the number it serves because he or other guests will be providing other desserts. But, no, you are stuck making dessert for the entire party. Hey, If I had wanted to make dessert for nineteen, I would have thrown my own party!
How do you handle this type of potluck by ambush? I'd love to get some ideas for next time it happens to me.