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5 Perfect Make-Ahead Party Recipes

5 Perfect Make-Ahead Party Recipes

The greatest thing you can do for yourself the day of the big event is to make sure all your food is prepped ahead of time. After all, the last thing you want to do is be stuck in a kitchen (or worse, have a kitchen emergency) while all your guests are arriving, laughing in the living room, and enjoying each other’s company. When you prep food ahead of time, you can maximize your time socializing with your loved ones and minimize your time in the kitchen.

Tracy’s Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes

Tracy’s Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes:

The perfect time-saving side dish any night of the week. If you’re up for it, make a mashed potato bar and let everyone dress their taters with bacon bits, cheese, sour cream, and chives.

Make-Ahead Unstuffed Shells

Make-Ahead Unstuffed Shells:

The secret is right in the name: this creamy baked pasta dish is literally designed to be made ahead of time. All the cheesy, saucy deliciousness of stuffed shells with none of the painstaking chores that involve stuffing them. Just load the ingredients into your prepared pan, refrigerate for a day, then bake right before dinner. Add a side salad and you’re in business.

Make-Ahead Pumpkin French Toast

Make-Ahead Pumpkin French Toast:

Girls (and boys) just wanna have bru-uunch. This make-ahead main dish is loaded with sweet pumpkin flavor that ushers in the taste of Autumn any time of year. Add some fresh juices and breakfast meats alongside, and you’re ready to host brunch.

Layered Pasta Salad

Layered Pasta Salad:

A dish this tasty shouldn't be so easy to prepare, but it really is. Just grab a clear, straight-sided bowl, layer cooked pasta, ham, veggies, and a homemade dressing, and refrigerate until you’re ready to serve. It makes any picnic a party.

Make-Ahead Spinach Phyllo Roll-Ups

Make-Ahead Spinach Phyllo Roll-Ups:

Finger food never looked so fancy or came together so easily! If your family and friends like spinach dip, they’ll love these creamy spinach roll-ups in a crunchy phyllo coating. Prep them ahead of time, then refrigerate or freeze for up to three months! When you’re ready to serve, bake them and serve them piping hot.

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