In an ideal world, we'd channel our inner Martha before every party, spending the day cooking up a storm and wowing everyone with our ~kitchen skills~. More often than not, though, whether we're hosting our own shindig or dropping in on a friend's party, life gets in the way and there's suddenly a major time crunch. That's when the killer homemade dish you had in mind becomes a sad bag of grocery store chips and dip. UGH.
These recipes are here to make party prep way easier. Make them the night before, stick 'em in the fridge, and pull them out just before you hit the road or answer the door. Best of all, they won't get soggy or fall apart before it's time to dig in. Success!
Three ingredients. Can I get a heck yeah?! This app looks pretty, takes about five minutes to assemble, and will be a major crowd-pleaser. You can wrap the cantaloupe ahead of time, but hold off on the balsamic glaze until you’re ready to serve.
This healthier dip will be perfect for your next game day party
or BBQ. It’s spicy and creamy, and made with Greek yogurt, cheddar, fresh corn, green chiles, and a few seasonings. You can serve it with tortilla chips or fresh veggie sticks.
Someone always brings a dessert, so why not have a healthy option? Don’t worry, these are a little tamer than most lightened-up versions (a.k.a. no black beans here); the main substitutes are applesauce, peanut butter, and oat flour, so no one will know the difference.
Give your go-to snack (chips and guac, duh) an upgrade by making some plantain chips the night before the party. They take less than half an hour to bake, and give your snack a little more sweetness… win-win.
Who doesn’t love those coconutty Girl Scout cookies? The main ingredient here is actually dates, but with the chocolate and coconut added in, you'd never know. Make this healthy copycat recipe the night before and you’ll be the star of the show. Just don’t expect to have any leftovers.
If you need a hearty party snack to bring to the table, make these meat-free wraps in the morning or night before. They’re made with goat cheese, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, and pine nuts. Major plus: There's no mayo or heavy dressing to make them soggy.
This substantial side is about to be your go-to for potlucks and BBQs, especially since the Mediterranean flavors are hard not to like. Always gotta think about the picky eaters. Make the pasta the night before; then mix in cucumber, tomato, bell pepper, olives, and feta. Save the vinaigrette until just before serving to keep it tasting fresh.