5 Tips for Being a Good Guest at Thanksgiving Dinner
This is how you secure your invite for next year.
It goes without saying that the host of Thanksgiving dinner bears the brunt of a majority of the cooking, cleaning, and organizing in order to welcome guests for an afternoon/evening filled with food and entertainment. If you've never hosted a dinner, be aware that there is a lot of work done behind the scenes in order to present a table full of food. From grocery shopping to menu creation to managing the guest list and making a bomb playlist on Spotify, all of these tasks cannot be accomplished on a whim. Therefore, as a guest, do your part in being a considerate and grateful attendee. Here are 5 ways to make sure your invite is solidified for the next Thanksgiving feast and future shindigs to come.
Please do not show up to dinner empty handed if you have every intention of filling your plate to the brim. Ask the host if there is anything that you can bring to make the dinner successful. Easy side dishes, appetizers, and desserts are among the most requested items to bring along. On the condition that the answer is, “no” bring a bottle of wine or some other sort of booze. If you want to go with something a little more original, consider a bouquet flowers to adorn the table or a small kitchen gadget as a token of your appreciation.
Arrive On Time
Rather than keep the entire dinner waiting on your arrival (as well as the side dishes you agreed to bring along), make it a point to show up to the party on time. Set an alarm so that you can get your tushy where you need to be on time. In the event that the universe conspired against you, and you are running late, give your host a heads-up with a courtesy phone call.
Express Dietary Restrictions and Allergies
Let your host know ahead of time if you have any dietary restrictions. The purpose of cooking for others is that they enjoy the food. If you have a dietary restriction (vegan, gluten-free, etc.) or a food allergy, let them know ahead of time. The host will be able to intentionally better equipped to make sure there are foods you can eat. You can also do yourself and the host a favor, and offer to bring a dish that you’ll enjoy and can share with others.
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No Phones At The Table
It’s no secret that the temptation to check notifications and text messages is borderline obsessive in our society. Therefore, let’s take a moment to be fully present at dinner, and put the damn phone down. Try starting the conversation, or if you’re on the more introverted side, add your two cents here and there to be engaged with others around the table. Life is hectic as it is, and we don’t have many opportunities to have our family and friends in one place at one time, so let’s cherish these moments, people. #CueSappyMusic
Help Clean Up
The dreaded pile of dishes at the end of the Thanksgiving meal can seem like an insurmountable feat for one person to tackle—especially if that one person is the same person who did the majority if the cooking. However, the way to approach the dishes is to look at them as you would any large project, break the chore up into smaller tasks. At the bare minimum, you can help clear the dishes off the table and bring them into the kitchen. One person can wash, another can dry, while someone else puts them in their rightful place or neat stacks for the host to put away at their leisure. This tag-team delegation of tasks is the best way to conquer the dishes in no time at all—allowing you to move onto more important matters, like dessert.