When someone invites to thanksgiving dinner, it means that they do treasure you enough to toil in the kitchen all day so you can have a meal you will not forget all year long. Being a good guest is very important as it is necessary in making the hosts feel appreciated for all the work they put in planning the dinner. It will even help you reserve a spot at their table next year. So, have you been invited for this year’s turkey dinner? Here is a look at ways you can be the best thanksgiving guest.
Communicate in advance
Let your host know that you will be honoring their invite to the thanksgiving dinner so they reserve space for you on the table. Call them at least two weeks before the day. Other than this, feel free to communicate any allergies or other dietary restrictions you may have so the food served favors you. It is also a good idea to ask if you can bring anything and if there is anything you may help with.
Arrive on time
A good thanksgiving guest is never late. Being late will mean that you will be holding the dinner up as people will have to wait for you. Also, do not be too early as this may make the host feel pressured to finish all the preparations.
There are many gifts you can carry to a thanksgiving dinner as a show of appreciation. From dishes to compliment what they are cooking to wine to personal gifts like clothes; no matter what it is you bring be sure that the host is okay with it. Ask in advance. This is particularly an important point if you intend to bring food. Ask what is on the menu so you do not duplicate it and so you make a dish that is in accordance to the theme.
When you bring food, bring all the utensils you will need to serve it. Utensils are highly on demand on this night and the host may not have some to spare. If you need space in the oven or fridge inform the host early.
If a host says you do not need to bring anything, be courteous and carry a bottle of wine. Any kind of wine will be appreciated.
Do not crowd in the kitchen
Unless you are really helping, avoid crowding in the kitchen. Your host will feel pressured if there are people next to her burner, fridge and oven. You will even be getting in the way of his/her work. Instead of hanging out in the kitchen waiting for the food to be ready, mingle with the guests in the living room and outside.
When the food has been put on the table wait!
Do not be the first to dig in when the food is served. Wait for the host to guide you through their thanksgiving tradition. This will differ from one to another; while others say grace before taking the food, others go round the table saying what they are thankful for and so on. When it is time to eat, compliment the food and observe table etiquette.
Offer to help with the clean up
After you have had your fill the best you can do is help your host keep the dishes away and even clean them if time allows. Remember to thank them for the invitation and the great evening you just had.