Thanksgiving Etiquette Tips for Guests

11 Tips for Being a Great Guest on Thanksgiving

Posted by Liz Taylor Nov 26, 2014

Lucky for me, my mom insists on making a huge Thanksgiving dinner every year. I am very grateful to get out of hosting as Thanksgiving is a daunting event for someone who doesn’t excel at cooking. If you are like me and thankful to be the guest at our upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, please keep the following tips in mind:

  • Don't be late. There is no excuse and your hosts have worked very hard at preparing a wonderful meal.
  • Bring the host a gift such as a bottle of wine, flowers and/or fine chocolates.
  • If you've offered to bring a dessert, bring dessert, not cranberry chutney as a surprise.
  • Don’t expect to utilize your hosts’ kitchen if you are bringing a salad, side dish or hor d’oeuvre. Come with your dish completely prepared so you don’t make a mess.
  • Always offer to help in the kitchen with prep work, clean up and wash dishes.
  • Turn off your cellphone.
  • Let your host know in advance if you have dietary restrictions.
  • Avoid discussing your diet at the dinner table. Accept Thanksgiving as a special occasion- carbs are okay.
  • Dress appropriately to mirror what your hosts will be wearing (Nice slacks or pants are typically safe).  
  • Do not invite a lonely friend to Thanksgiving dinner unless your host has specifically asked for him/her to attend.
  • Give thanks and if appropriate, toast your hosts.

I wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!

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