A cheese ball gets props for being a party food that’s incredibly easy to assemble. It requires just a short list of ingredients and can quickly become the hit of the party when paired with crudité and more. It does, however, require a little time to make, since the cheese needs to come to room temperature before forming the ball and then needs to firm back up in the refrigerator before serving. The good news is that it can definitely be made ahead — it can keep well for up to a week in the refrigerator — which means you can prepare it on your schedule and have it ready to go when party time arrives. Here are three tips to keep in mind to achieve make-ahead success.