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6. Check out your dishwasher. Make sure your dishwasher will run efficiently with a large number of dishes in it. Check the drain and clean off any residue, and make sure there's no broken glass or lost utensils in the bottom. Wipe off the rim of the door and the door gasket, using white vinegar and a sponge to remove any gunk.
9. Stock your kitchen properly. Do any of your guests have allergies? Is anyone vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free? Take these into account and prepare accordingly. Make sure there are plenty of non-alcoholic drink options available, too.
10. Create a cooking schedule. Prep what you can ahead of time. Most casseroles and potato dishes can be put in a baking pan ahead of time, and vegetables can be chopped and stored, too. Having a schedule of when everything needs to be made and put into the oven will not only help you keep things organized, but it will help your guests know when and how to help.
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