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It’s Thoughtful to Make a Contribution to the Meal—Help Take the Load Off the Host

It is the Most Time Consuming, Grand Daddy of All Meals

A typical Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings. It’s a lot!!!

If you’re fortunate enough to be invited, consider bringing a bottle of wine, a dessert, or a side dish to share with the host and other guests.  This not only shows appreciation for the invitation, but also contributes to the overall experience of the gathering.

If you want to be remembered and valued as a great guest, bring a side dish and contribute to the enjoyment of the gathering.

If you’re moaning and groaning about attending a Thanksgiving celebration with your parents, grandparents, or relatives then fast forward to the last paragraph.

RSVP.  Regardless of whether there’s a request for RSVP, it’s always etiquette to respond to the host if you are attending or unable.  This small act of mindfulness helps the host determine a better headcount for planning purposes, and not leaving it to chance.

Be gracious and respond. Photoby Tara Winstead (Pexels)

CONSIDER THE HOST’S PREFERENCES.  Before deciding on what to bring, it’s important to consider the preferences and dietary restrictions of the host.  If the host has shared any specific requests or guidelines, it’s best to honor those.  Additionally, if there are any know food allergies among the guests, it is essential to be mindful of this when choosing what to bring.

WINE OR BEVERAGE OPTIONS.  Bringing a bottle of wine or non-alcoholic beverage is a common and appreciated gesture.  Consider selecting a wine that pairs well with the traditional Thanksgiving dishes, such a Pinot Noir or Chardonnay.  And please spend more than $3.95.  For non-alcoholic options, sparkling cider or a unique flavored soda can be a delightful addition to the meal, especially for the kiddos.  

It’s such a simple and easy form of gifting to the dinner. Photo by Timur Saglambilek (Pexels)
Don’t forget the non-alcoholic drinks, for those who don’t drink and the kiddos. Photo by Denys Gromov (Pexels)

DESSERT CONTRIBUTIONS.  If you have a talent for baking or simply enjoy indulging in sweet treats, bring a dessert.  Classic Thanksgiving desserts such as pumpkin pie, apple crisp or pecan pie are always well-received.  

An all-time favorite “bring-along” is a pie. So BRING IT. Photo by Karolina Grabowska (Pexels)

THOUGHTFUL SIDE DISHES.  Help alleviate some of the cooking responsibilities for the host by bringing a side dish like a green bean casserole, mashed or scalloped potatoes, or cranberry sauce.  A unique element might include a flavorful quinoa salad or a savory roasted vegetable medley.

HOUSE-WARMING GIFT.  When all else fails, know your host well enough to bring a gift that complements his/her style, whether it’s a warming dish, a set of butter knives, an appropriate scented candle, a set of cloth napkins, or a serving platter.  Just several ideas and you can find more on our Amazon shop.  

If you’re not into baking a side dish, then bring a hostess gift–one you know will be meaningful and memorable. Photo by RONE Stock Project (Pexels)

EXPRESSING GRATITUDE.  The ultimate—please extend sincere appreciation and gratitude for the invitation, even if it’s family, but especially friends.  The act of contributing to the gathering demonstrates thoughtfulness and consideration for the host and fellow guests.  

When deciding on what to bring, first of all bring something, then consider the tone of the gathering to make your contribution memorable.  Being thoughtful and considerate enhances the overall enjoyment of the Thanksgiving celebration.

Enjoy the family, enjoy the friends, enjoy the neighbors and reach for Your Ultimate Lifestyle.  Our time is short so make the best of it.  Your Number One BoomerGal, Connie.  

As some of you are dreading going to your parents, grandparents, or relatives because you want to be with your friends, let me tell you this and believe it or not. There will come a day when you would give anything to be sitting at that table eating and listening to all the corny stories they are telling. You want to run with those friends instead of sitting with the best friends you will ever have. The ones who will always have your back. One day you won’t have that table to sit at and you will certainly miss it. So, if you still have that family, suck it up and do it because as you get older, those will be the most treasured days of your life!

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