14 Make-Ahead Recipes for Outdoor Parties & Picnics

It could be the vitamin D talking, but there’s something about summer that makes me want to entertain — there’s such ease and joy in outdoor dining.

Eating potato salad in the grass is much more fun than setting the table with nice plates and silverware (no need to vacuum or wash dishes either!). In honor of National Picnic Day on June 19, we found 14 make-ahead recipes that will make summer entertaining even easier.

So spread out that picnic blanket and let the kids run wild in the backyard, because this party’s going to be a breeze.

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