PREP NOW FOR THANKSGIVING DAY

I know. How did we get here – to Hallmark Christmas movies and endless Target ads? In my family, Thanksgiving is marked by who initiates the Thanksgiving Day invitation via email. My suggestion is to prep now for Thanksgiving Day.

And then when everyone else is running around Kroger looking for aluminum roasting pans you will be wrapping Christmas presents or sipping wine (or both).

THANKSGIVING PREP TIPS NOW

CLOTH NAPKINS

There is something about cloth napkins that dress up the Thanksgiving table that the Kroger-branded 250-pack of paper napkins cannot achieve. Now I am the first to use paper napkins- I planned this Thanksgiving table around a paper napkin.

But over the past few years, I began to use cloth napkins for small groups or to set my dining room table. I bought these napkin rings a few years ago and they are my favorite and only napkin rings. They look fancy and casual with their galvanized finish.

If there is a reason to own cloth napkins it might be to encourage us to linger at the dining room table just a little longer. Or at least until the 8,000 calories in pies and starchy sides settle.

HOW TO PREP NOW FOR THANKSGIVING

SALT + PEPPER

I shared this tip last year. If you are sitting in your kitchen waiting for the Trader Joe’s cornbread to finish baking grab your salt and pepper shakers and refill and clean the shakers.

If you want the cutest wood-sliced chargers to elevate the fixins’ at the table

you can head over to Fig & Co.

CLEAN THE SALT AND PEPPER SHAKERS BEFORE THE HOLIDAYS

DISH TOWELS

Your dish towels will be on full display and working overtime over the holidays.

I found these dish towels in grey and found similar ones at Trader Joe’s. While staying at an airbnb in Paso Robles the owner had stocked similar towels in the drawers and I loved that they all matched.

After the holidays mine will likely resemble the cleanup rag in the middle school cafeteria. But for the morning of Thanksgiving Day my dish towels will look amazing!

SEATING

Figure it out now and you will thank me (lAURA ) later. Some of us may set the main dining room table at the beginning of November …

DISHES + SERVING PIECES

These are my go-to baking dishes for sides.

My mom used to set out all of her dishes in her dining room the weekend before. Now we call it a staging area!

had fun trying this out last week. It would be a great way to add additional space and a view. If you have a deep enough ledge you may not need a board.

Thank you for stopping by today! If you have a few suggestions for holiday prep please email me or comment.

Now, with the prep work done before Thanksgiving, you will have time to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Or make time for a little retail therapy:

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5 Comments

  1. These are all such great ideas, Laura, and usually things I forget to prep so I definitely needed this list. I’m going to add “stock up” on toilet paper to mine as well. The little things are the big things, you know? Thanks for making Thanksgiving prep so easy! Hugs, CoCo

  2. Get out of my head!! I just pulled out my cloth napkins to re-wash and iron! Yes, I’ll do that once a year for Thanksgiving. I was afraid I was starting too early but thanks for the permission!! May look for extra mini salt/pepper shakers just to ease the passing around the table, but think I need to focus on my baking/serving dishes. Thanks!!

  3. Laura,
    Great ideas…It will be a low key Thanksgiving as my younger son and DIL are staying home so she can rest as she is now over 7 months pregnant with twins….Thanks so much for stopping by!!
    Hugs,
    Deb

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