Thanksgiving morning is no time to discover stains on the tablecloth, unpack tarnished flatware or to recall that last season saw the shattering of your favorite turkey platter. (That darn dog!) Prepare to set a pretty table with a pre-season tabletop check.
Inventory and inspect table linens, napkins, serving pieces, holiday china and serving pieces. Do you need to purchase replacements? Prices are best several weeks before the season, when housewares stores advertise tabletop goods at sale prices. Add any replacements to the seasonal shopping list.
Will you need to polish silver? Add the chore to the calendar, or delegate to an energetic child in need of spending money. Launder linens and plan centerpieces and candles for an elegant table without the last-minute stress.
Track your findings on a free inventory planner page: Holiday Tabletop Checklist