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Thanksgiving Tip: Set the Table Early

If you're anything like me, you have already started to plan your elaborate Thanksgiving table setting. I begin to prepare the table when I start selecting a menu.

To ensure maximum cook time in the kitchen, set the table as early as you can, preferably days before Thanksgiving. Put everything — tablecloth, placemats, plates, silverware, etc. — in its place on the table. Sort serving platters and decide which one will hold potatoes, vegetables, and cranberries. Write the name of the dish on a post-it and place inside the specified serving platter. As you prepare the food, you will easily find the proper serving dishes.

If using your regular everyday table for the Thanksgiving meal, gather all of the components to the tablescape in one place. Thursday morning delegate a trusted family member or friend to set the table while you cook.


aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I wish we did buffet style.
sexyeyes sexyeyes 9 years
This Thanksgiving we're definitily going to set the table and all. What kind of flowers can I get for a center piece??? Any ideas?
parrotthead parrotthead 9 years
Setting the table in advance and using sticky notes to mark the place of food is a great idea! We do this at my house and it's great because my grandmother, who has Alzheimers, can still help out by arranging the food on the table by just matching up the food to the correct label. She used to do all the cooking and preparation so any way we can have something for her to do is really wonderful.
mamaseacat mamaseacat 9 years
I saw the photo and thought that was my mom. Weird.
fragiletearz fragiletearz 9 years
We're so informal, it's all buffet style we don't set the table.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
So very true...
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