Spoiler alert: If it’s your first rodeo hosting Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving, you’re going to need a few more essentials than you normally have on hand for your every night dinners. From cooking tools to decorations, we’ve rounded up some must-haves you’ll want to stock up on even before planning your menu. Get to it—Thanksgiving is coming in hot!
You’ll need to set the tone for a fun evening.
Decorate your table in plaid or harvest hues.
Add a little shine with some champagne placemats.
It’s going to get messy. Be stylishly prepared.
Wooden napkin rings are a nice touch.
Add some flair to the table with a vase full of flowers in fall hues.
The cutest water pitcher that makes a gurgling sound when pouring.
Be sure to have plenty of glassware on hand.
And plenty of wine glasses!
The more guests you’re hosting, the more plates you’ll need.
Take your flatware up a notch.
You’ll likely need a few platters—one for the turkey, and a few for the sides.
You always need more serving spoons than you think!
Speaking of turkey… You’ll need a pan to roast the bird.
And a baster to cover it with juices.
These will let you know when the bird is done cooking!
A sharp carving set will allow you to easily slice the turkey.
And of course, a sturdy cutting board to cut the turkey and any vegetables for roasting.
Invest in this popular must-have that come in handy when making mashed potatoes.
Use a Crock-Pot to easily make sides.
Don’t forget to cover your fancy Thanksgiving duds in an apron.
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Melody Lowe is the Director of Content & Strategy for Blender Networks, Inc. When she’s not managing blogs for FitMinutes, The-E-Tailer, Cartageous, InStyleRooms, NurturedPaws & Shoelistic, she’s rearranging her bookcase at home in Culver City, CA, getting her fix of breakfast tacos and Topo Chicos in her hometown of Austin, TX with her fiancé and rescue dog or managing her own blog, Mustache Melrose.