Countdown to Turkey Day November 10, 2010: The Great Serving Dish Assignment

Heather says:

There’s no heavy lifting today, only some more planning. Grab your Thanksgiving Day menu from Monday and another sheet of paper or some index cards and head into the kitchen or wherever you store your serving dishes.

Holiday Serving Dishes

How are you serving your meal?

Will it be family style with everyone seated around the table or are you setting up a buffet where everyone helps themselves?

Now it’s time to take a look at your menu and take an inventory of your serving dishes.

Next to each menu item write down a brief description of the dish it will be served in ie glass 9 x 13 or white oval casserole. If these dishes aren’t in every day use, place a post-it or 3 x 5 card with the menu item’s name in the bottom of each dish. Now if people want to be helpful on Thanksgiving they will need less direction. I know I don’t communicate very well when I have a bunch of dishes cooking, each in a different stage of completion.

If you don’t have enough dishes, check thrift stores and yard sales this weekend.

Foil pans work well for buffet style, but I wouldn’t trust them to be passed around a dinner table. No one wants grandma to get a lap-full of scalding hot macaroni and cheese. If you have family coming to eat, it’s ok to ask if you can borrow a serving dish for the big day. Just don’t return it dirty.

Here’s a point I almost always neglect: serving utensils. Match a serving utensil appropriate to the planned menu item and write that down next to the serving dish description or on the 3×5. Make sure each of these utensils is present and accounted for. I’ve lost quite a few to the sandbox in the backyard or points unknown.

Just over two weeks to go. Are you ready for Thanksgiving?


  1. Mindy on November 10, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    I do the post-it thing too. Arrange platters on the buffet or wherever we are serving from with utensils inside each serving platter/bowl with a post-it attached that indicates which dish will be served in what container. I always thought I was a neurotic nerd. Maybe I'm just a good planner instead? 🙂

    • HeatherSolos on November 11, 2010 at 9:31 am

      I own my neurosis, but we can call it whatever you like. 😉
      Mostly I'm just all about whatever makes an event go more smoothly and in cases like this organization helps in a big way.

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