Can I Prepare My Entire Birthday Brunch Menu Ahead of Time?

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Q: I need help. My boyfriend has his birthday on Sunday 26th of January. I already told his friends that they can come over during the day and had planned a brunch menu, only to hear that my colleagues want to throw me a going away party on the 25th near my work. It will be impossible for me to get back home until the 26th, the morning of the party! Help!

I had planned to make homemade brioche, salmon pretzels, muffins, a big winter salad with oranges he loves and whole wheat mac n' cheese, and desserts (tiramisu, a vanilla cake with chocolate icing, and an apple pie).

I only have very limited freezer space (say, two muffin pans and a bag of peas), and the only time I have to prepare dishes is on Thursday. Four days in advance. I'm screwed right?!

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Editor: Readers, what do you think? Any make-ahead tips or ideas to share?

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