So this list is obviously completely subjective. I have found these items to be quiet necessary to pulling off a truly successful Thanksgiving. My newest purchase of the turkey lifters, will be a big help this year. Last year when trying to pick the bird up out of the roasting pan, we almost had a disaster. I was using serving utencils, which are obviously bigger than normal silverware, and it almost flipped over. It was a very wobbly transition to that cutting board. I'm sure all across America turkeys have wound up flipped over or even plopped on the floor. So if you want to avoid one of those scenarios, head to Williams and Sonoma for these very sturdy utencils. You will not regret it!