For those of you who know your not going to be hosting Thanksgiving dinner anytime soon, here’s your guide to being the perfect guest…
Of course a bottle of wine is always appreciated but it’s typical… That said, if you decide to go that route, do what Ina Garten does and bring a bottle of white wine that has not been chilled. This way the host knows they don’t serve this wine. Chances are, the host has bought wine to pair with their meal and you don’t want to interfere with that. Here are some more ideas of what to bring your host:
Bring a breakfast dish that’s easy for the host to warm up in the morning and eat. Breakfast casserole is always a winner, or homemade bread and jam….
Personalized Hand Towels
Monogrammed hand-towels are a fun way to show that you took the time to make something specifically for them and are an easy gift any host can incorporate into their home.
Christmas is just around the corner. A holiday scented candle (like this one by Nest) to bring the smells of Christmas into their home is always a good bet!
I know flowers are more of a typical gift, but if you’re like me, flowers are always a good idea! If you do decide to bring flowers, make sure it is a simple bouquet, nothing that might compete with what the host already has displayed. Also, the flowers should already be arranged in a vase. As you know, the host will be plenty busy and the kitchen will be full, so there will be no time or space to try and cut the flowers and arrange them. I absolutely LOVE this new flower company Landeau. They are gorgeous, simple and classic.
There are the obvious manners like elbows off the table, no talking with your mouth full, sit up straight, etc… And while all those manners are still important, here are some manners that may not seem as obvious (although you’d think they would be!):
Always ask the host if he/she needs a helping hand. That said, only ask once. Sometimes it makes it more difficult to try and direct people around the kitchen and tell them where things go than it would be to just do it yourself. Also, it’s Thanksgiving – the host more than likely will have a system in place and does not need anyone messing with it!
If you are not needed to help in the kitchen, stay out of the kitchen! The last thing the host needs is another body crowding the kitchen. The host will have worked hard to create a nice, comfortable environment in the living room and dining room. Take advantage of those spaces!
Don’t get drunk. Try and pace yourself this day. There will be plenty of food you need to save room for and you don’t want to be the person everyone is talking about the next year. Keep it together people!
Don’t be glued to the TV watching football. Yes, get into the game, have your fun with it, but get up every now and then and mingle with other people.
Complement the chef. Even if you hate the food, tell the host how much you loved it. They worked hard and deserve to hear it.
And most of all, relax and have fun! That’s the #1 thing your host wants for you!
Those are my tips! Please let me know if you have any more gift ideas or manners that I didn’t include!