SERVEWARE: WHAT YOU NEED
After you identify your menu, it’s great to walk through and allocate a dish for each item: a larger platter for the turkey, a bowl for mashed potatoes, a gravy boat, etc. My aunt who used to host elaborate and enormous dinner parties taught me to label each dish with a post it note and to set them aside a few days before cooking begins. It’s just one of those tasks you can take care of ahead of time which makes the whole experience easier.
Of course this is a more flexible year so it’s less applicable. With smaller households and intimate gatherings, surely your plates and regular bowls will suffice.
Still, if you already have a collection underway, this is a great opportunity to use it, and if you don’t, here are some of my favorites: