How to be a Good Guest on Thanksgiving
How to be a good guest on Thanksgiving.
If you’re not hosting Thanksgiving at your house this year, lucky you. You may be thinking it’s your chance to kick your feet up and relax while someone else does all the work.
Not so fast.
This Thanksgiving, be an A+ guest by following these helpful tips.
Don’t crowd the kitchen. It’s true you may get to taste test a few dishes before the meal if you hang out near the action, but the cooks need space to get the job done.
Be on time. Nobody likes holding a meal for a few late stragglers. Also, don’t be too early as this can increase the pressure the host is likely already feeling.
Come prepared. If you’ve been asked to bring a dish, make sure it’s finished as much as possible so you don’t take up valuable space in the kitchen. Bring it ready to be served in your own bowl with your own utensils.
Bring a thoughtful gift. Wine is nice, but give something the host will be able to enjoy after everyone leaves, such as artisan chocolates, a gift card to a bookstore or movie passes.
Help work the room. While the host is busy in the kitchen, talk to other guests and make sure people are comfortable. Offer to get older guests a beverage and help the kids get set up with a board game while everyone is waiting for dinner.
Be upfront about dietary issues. If you have a dietary issue or allergy, make sure the host knows about it at least a week before Thanksgiving.
Help with the clean-up. Offer to clear the table after the meal. You can even load the dishwasher or get started on dishes and wiping up the counters.
Put your phone away. Good guests socialize in person. While it’s OK to take some photos, stay off your phone as much as possible.