Keep Some Parts Separate
Sometimes the final touches need to happen at the last minute. Making a salad ahead is great, but if you add the dressing a day before the whole thing will start to wilt. For sauces and dressings, store them separately so that everything can come together right before you serve it. And if you are sprinkling herbs or other garnishes on top, make sure to hold off on that until the very last moment as well. A dish with that extra item at the end will make everyone forget it was made ahead.