It’s nice to be invited out for Thanksgiving dinner. You don’t have to deal with the planning, shopping, prepping, and cooking that it takes to host the perfect Thanksgiving and you still get to enjoy the result. But great food is only part of what it takes to have a great meal- the guests help make the party, too! Keep reading to see what it takes to be the perfect guest this Thanksgiving.
- RSVP on time. Don’t keep your hosts hanging- respond to an invitation in a timely manner.
- Bring something. It’s your way of letting the hosts know you appreciate the invitation and the hard work that goes into hosting. You can offer to bring something for the dinner, but you should bring a small token even if they don’t take you up on your offer. A bottle of wine or some flowers are nice host/hostess gifts, and you can do this at any budget.
- Arrive a little late. You don’t want to come exactly on time in case your hosts need a little extra time. But don’t keep them waiting by arriving too late- 15 minutes should be okay. And never come too early.
- Be enthusiastic and grateful. Let your hosts know how happy you are for the invitation and how happy you are to be there.
- Wait for the host to start eating. Often the hosts of a dinner party end up sitting down to eat after they’ve made sure the guest are all settled with their food. Good manners say to wait for your host before you dig in.
- Offer to help. It’s a nice way to express your appreciation for the host’s hard work, and your help might be gratefully accepted. But always ask first because some people prefer to handle all that on their own.
- Put your phone away. Distractions are rude.
- Make good conversation. Make your hosts happy you’re there. Keep it entertaining and positive; avoid heavy topics.
- Give compliments. We all like to know our hard work is appreciated.
- Know when to leave. Never overstay your welcome.
- Don’t bring uninvited guests. If for any reason you need to bring someone along, always clear it first- never just show up with extra people.
- Say “Thank you.” A follow-up text, email, or phone call is proper etiquette and sure to be appreciated.
Being a great guest is the least you can do in exchange for being wined and dined, so follow these guidelines and you’re sure to be invited back!