Enjoy a laughter-filled, laid-back afternoon with these make-ahead brunch menus.

Inviting friends over for brunch isn't only a great way to start the day, it's also generally easier to prepare and less expensive than a nighttime get-together.

We've organized these make-ahead dishes by how far in advance they can be prepared--leaving you plenty of time to visit with family and friends. Mix-and-match to create your menu. So, sit back and enjoy the afternoon.

Up to 1 day aheadRemove these dishes from refrigerator and let stand 30 minutes at room temperature before serving:

For these salads, add fruit to lettuce mixture and pour dressing over salad just before serving:

Up to 1 month in your freezer

Up to 2 months in your freezer