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Thanksgiving is about tradition—one of those rituals we enjoy with family (in whatever form that takes) year after year. But doesn’t it get a tad boring without something new on the table, be that a fresh recipe or new serveware? Sometimes the best accompaniment to Grandma’s china is your just-purchased set of funky taper holders. Whether as minor as a set of napkin rings or as large as a countertop oven, there’s no better time than Turkey Day dinner to put your latest retail score to the test; just consider it a new tradition. Here are the Thanksgiving editors’ picks our entertaining-obsessed team is hard launching this year. 

Flowers, But Make Them Cheese

The first time I ever had Tête de Moine cheese florets was at La Grande Épicerie at Le Bon Marché with my Parisian friends. I had never seen or tasted such a thing, and just loved the thin little ribbons in the shape of a flower. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I saw it again at the most festive Hermès party and had to get my own for my next dinner party. Curling the cheese is so satisfying and impressive: the perfect Thanksgiving party trick.—Kate Berry, chief content officer

A Colorful Casserole

After feeling a little fatigued by the same Thanksgiving meal every November, my mom and I decided that we were going to do things differently this year. And by that, I mean we’re putting together an autumnal Italian feast instead. Cut to: hour-long FaceTimes deciding what to make from the Via Carota cookbook. Because we landed on lasagna, we need a pretty-enough pan to go right on the table. Dansk offers a classic in a gorgeous array of colors, which will also come in handy for the more traditional Thanksgiving sides we’ll return to next year. —Julia Stevens, style editor


The Main Squeeze

I cook everything for my family’s spread except the turkey—that’s my mother’s jurisdiction. But somehow I still end up in charge of basting the bird, and this year I plan to infuse a little fun into the task. Sure, the seasoned tool in my mom’s kitchen drawers will get the job done, but Staff’s playful translucent pink baster with a smiley purple bulb is on the packing list to make my favorite time of year even happier. —Raven McMillan, assistant editor

Knives With Personality

As someone who is prone to clinging to battered cookware and cutlery out of sentimentality, the limited-edition Trio of Knives from Beverly Nguyen x Material Kitchen has quickly become a favorite of mine. They’re perfect for everyday use (not too intimidating for someone with modest cooking skills); the sage colorway adds a subtle hint of personality; and they come with custom navy knife guards made out of denim. I expect them to take the headache out of chopping veggies, sausage, and chicken while making my holiday pot of gumbo. —Kenya Foy, staff writer

A Glou Glou Wine

Normally my family reaches for a bottle of white with our bird, but this year I’m bringing Molly Baz’s new Drink This Wine, a chillable red blend that she says tastes like “strawberry lemonade and Swedish Fish, sunshine drives, and the West Coast.” It’ll be a taste of Oregon at our Michigan meal. —Julie Vadnal, deputy editor


Zodiac-Inspired Serveware

As an astrology lover, I’m definitely guilty of sprinkling the stars into my decor choices. This cutting block by Berkeley, California–based brand the Long Confidence is crafted with solid white oak and features maple or walnut inlays meant to mimic the cosmos in a beautiful, subtle way. I love the idea of using it as a base for a Thanksgiving cheese board and to prep and chop throughout the day. —Angela Tafoya, branded + talent editorial director

A Summery Platter

This serving platter crafted by local artisans from a small town on Italy’s Amalfi Coast isn’t just for dishing out pasta. The small reminder of warmer days from the newly launched Piano Piano is guaranteed to get everyone reminiscing about recent vacations, even when filled with mashed potatoes. —Lydia Geisel, home editor 

Side Hustle 

While I still look forward to the main Thanksgiving event with family, hosting Friendsgiving in the city wouldn’t be possible this year without the assistance of the Café Couture Oven (aka my sous-chef). Even on a daily basis, I tap this countertop appliance more than my stove to bake, fry, crisp, proof, and toast, though the broil, roast, reheat, and keep-warm settings will definitely come in handy while preparing a menagerie of side dishes. I plan to program cooking times from the voice-controlled app for sweet potato casserole and garlicky biscuits. —Morgan Bulman, associate commerce editor 

Everything Looks Better Under Candlelight

I’m hosting a small dinner for friends this year and want to keep things chic and cozy. Nothing kills the mood like overhead lighting, which is why I’ll be placing these terracotta holders on every surface in my apartment. The bowl design will perfectly nestle between decorative fall foliage I’ll lay on the table, plus it keeps the wax from ruining my favorite tablecloth. Win-win. —Linda Denahan, photo director


Wineglasses to Stock Up On

We always love to trot out a few good bottles to share as a family on Thanksgiving, be it Champagne to celebrate being together or a high-acid red to cut through the fat. As a perpetually clumsy person, I always need to replenish wine glasses (I have a stash just for fetes) and often leave my nicer mouth-blown ones for special occasions. With Glasvin, a restaurant-loved brand featuring delicate handblown glass that can stand up to a dishwasher, I think I’ve finally found a gaggle that can party and pass my smell test, and at a price that doesn’t make me want to hide under the covers while clicking “add to cart.” Its universal glass is quickly replacing my everyday stemware, but I’m excited to mix in its brand-new Precision glass, made specifically for white and sparkling wines.—Samantha Weiss-Hills, deputy commerce editor

A Joyful Activity

A friend who throws the best parties turned me onto this Thanksgiving editors’ pick. The “surprise ball” is a ball made from wrapped layers of crepe paper containing tiny surprises (think: tissue-paper crowns, jokes, stickers, toadstool-shaped erasers, etc.). It’s her simple yet effective trick for eliciting joy at any gathering, regardless of age and occasion. Guests pass them around while unraveling the layers to uncover hidden treasures. I just ordered Meri Meri’s objectively cute turkeys (I mean, c’mon) and cannot wait to whip them out on Turkey Day. My nieces are going to go nuts for these things.—Liz Buxton, commerce content director

A Pleasure to Pour

This decanter’s unique shape and clean lines makes it sophisticated instead of stuffy like so many others. I can impress my wine-enthusiast mom over the holidays, and my bar cart will look elevated all year long.—Brit Ashcraft, design director 

A Trusty Electric Carver

I’m not going to try and convince you an electric carving knife is chic, but it’s not Thanksgiving at our house without my dad’s favorite gadget. On a holiday when an overcooked bird is pretty much the M.O., you want a buzzing serrated blade that can handle even the toughest cuts (you can’t say the same for a standard knife, sorry). Plus this one has an extra-long, 5-foot cord for easy maneuvering around the 15 other dishes on the counter. Lindsey Mather, digital director


A Special Thanks to the Host

This will be the first family Thanksgiving I’m able to attend in the past three years (sorry, Mom!). So obviously, I can’t come empty-handed. Toss in a pumpkin pie—mine will be store-bought—with this charming slicer, and absences at Thanksgivings past will be easily forgotten. —Lindsey DeSimone, senior social strategist

Cloth Napkins to Impress

This is my first year hosting Thanksgiving for our extended family, and I’m ready to do it in style. These cloth napkins provide the perfect way to make things feel fancy, and the warm hues will tie in perfectly with my terracotta plates.  —Kim Gray, art director