10 Things You Can Do Right Now to Prep for Thanksgiving


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Plan Your Tablescape
If you set the table too early, you'll have to come back and dust it off before dinner.
If you set the table too early, you'll have to come back and dust it off before dinner.
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Because Thanksgiving is such a big holiday, it's only natural to want everything to look great. If you're going to use the good china and crystal -- finally, congratulations, -- but be sure to get everything out and ready in plenty of time. You may know your regular dishware and serving pieces well enough to wing it, but using items that you only break out infrequently can be a challenge. When you're also trying to design an attractive centerpiece, choose a special tablecloth, pick the perfect flowers, and come up with a cunningly folded napkin design, you may need some time and patience to get everything to work together. If it all seems like too much, skip it. If you start far enough ahead, though, you may be able to get some of the design stuff locked down before the real fun begins.

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