Sometimes, it’s awfully hard to gather the troops. Is this ever more true than over long weekends, when everyone might be out of town, or has already half-committed to another picnic, or decides they absolutely have to take a last-minute trip to the beach?

But the group that does pull itself together, always just a few hours before, is a good one. These spur-of-the-moment, why-the-heck-not kinds of potluck affairs are some of the best—and you can bring any of these 25 recipes, made with 2 hours’ notice or less:

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