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Make-Ahead Holiday Brunch Checklist

Hosting a party between Thanksgiving and New Year’s? Take the stress out of planning with this timeline for an easy, crowd-pleasing brunch menu

Up to 2 Days Before

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    Make the fish spread. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

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    Make the dip (but do not stir in the lime juice). Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

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    Make the coffee cake. Wrap tightly and store at room temperature. (Or make and freeze up to 2 weeks in advance.)

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    Make the granola. Store at room temperature in an airtight container. (Or make and freeze up to 2 weeks in advance.)

Up to 1 Day Before

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    Make the grapefruit mixture for the spritzer (but do not strain). Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

Up to 12 Hours Before

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    Assemble the strata (but do not bake). Store, covered, in the refrigerator.

2 Hours Before

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    Remove the strata from the refrigerator.

1 Hour Before

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    Bake the strata.

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    Remove the fish spread from the refrigerator.

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    Assemble the vegetables on the crudités platter; cover with a damp paper towel.

Just Before

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    Strain the grapefruit mixture and top with the seltzer.

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    Spread the fish spread on the toasts and sprinkle with the chives.

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    Mix the lime juice into the dip.