Most moms have dreamed about having ready-to-cook, healthy meals in the fridge or freezer. Just pop one in the slow cooker or oven and avoid the dinnertime drama, right?
Unfortunately preparing meals ahead of time can be tedious, especially when weekends quickly fill up with social engagements. That's where meal-prep parties come in: You get together with friends and enjoy wine, music and conversation, all while making meals to share.
"It's a great social way to get together and make good use of that time to prep for our families," says Elizabeth Savens, a fitness coach and mom of two in St. Louis, Missouri, who organizes meal-prep parties regularly.
Meal prep parties aren't just fun—they can also save you time and money (hello, bulk buying).
"The parties themselves are super efficient," said Katie Altemus, a mom of three in Philadelphia.
While the logistics of the parties vary, guests usually leave with a few different meals to make busy nights easier.
"I am a bit of a disaster as far as meal planning and weeknight cooking goes, so I love having the meals on hand," says Jenn Mallia, a Canadian mom of two who wants to attend more meal-prep parties.
Here's what you need to know to host a cooking get-together of your own.
Types of Meal-Prep Parties
Freezer Meal Parties
Make and Take Parties
Tips for Success
The Professional Option
Planning a meal-prep party can be a lot of work, which is why some moms opt to have professionals do the planning. Companies like WildTree and PrepFreezeCook will do the organizing for you, for a price.