Today was organizing the silver and china, finallizing the menu and starting the childrens' table crafts. First thing on the list is to set the table. I like to get it done ahead of time so that I can put a plan for together for which serving pieces and cutlery I'll need. Also this gives me time to pull out those items that only get used once a year, like the famous turkey gravy boat and salt/pepper shakers:
It may seem silly to purchase things that only come out one day each year. But at $10 each a decade ago, I've certainly got my money's worth out of them. They are a constant source of amusement for my son and daughter, but they remember them every year and I'm afraid if I don't put them out there will be a mutiny. Same goes for the old turkey bread basket and cranberry dish:
All together, these items don't play a huge part of the decor. But add some nostalgia and memories to a holiday that's about those very things.