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How to Be Ready For Extra Guests on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Tip: Have Extra Place Settings Ready

Besides setting the table early — a couple of days before Thanksgiving — I also put aside several extra place settings. I'll stack two to three plates, chargers, napkins, and utensils in a hidden spot in the dining room.

My Thanksgiving is a "the more, the merrier" type of event, so if someone shows up with an unexpected friend or family member, all I have to do is grab the extra place setting that's ready and add another chair to the table.

It's one less thing to worry about, and will ensure that you don't have to go digging into your China cabinet looking for extra plates on the big night. Got a great Thanksgiving tip? Please share it with us below!

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MandyWH MandyWH 7 years
Great idea! I also appreciate this tip as a guest -- if you happen to be that last-minute addition to the guest list, it feels much less awkward and intrusive when the hostess already has extra place settings ready to grab!
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