I am in a book club that also likes to cook. We take turns hosting and usually try to serve food that is at least vaguely related to the book. I'm hosting next, and the book is Madonnas of Leningrad. I would like to make a Russian inspired meal, but also am working that day so need some things that can be made ahead. I thought I would do borscht as the main course because (from what I read) that's better served the day after it's made. Blini with caviar seems like it would be a good appetizer, but I didn't know if the blini could be made ahead. Can they be served room temp or should they be hot? I've never made them (not even sure I've eaten them) so any help would be appreciated. Any other ideas for appetizers or finger food before dinner? Dessert ideas? Also, this doesn't need to be a terribly authentic meal, but we like to try new things. As I said, I won't have much time on the day of the dinner, so really need ideas for things that can be made the day before.