Being thankful for your Thanksgiving host


Being a guest for Thanksgiving is great, but don't think it's a license for you to slack off. Etiquette coach, Christie Herron says there are at least six things a guest should do at your Turkey Day event.

  1. Let your host know well in advance if you have any dietary restrictions. Vegan, gluten-free, allergies, etc. You want to make sure your host or hostess know if you need anything special for dinner.
  2. Offer to bring a dish. Call ahead and ask if there is anything you can bring such as a side of vegetables or maybe your scrumptious brownies that everyone loves.
  3. Absolutely no cellphones at the table.  This is the time to enjoy your family and friends.
  4. Be on time. If you are going to be more than 15 minutes late, call your host or hostess to inform them of your estimated arrival time. This allows he or she to decide if they should start without you.
  5. Bring a hostess gift. Bringing your host or hostess a gift is a great way to show your gratitude. It doesn't have to be anything extravagant; a bottle of wine, or flowers would suffice. If bringing flowers make sure they are already in a vase or glass jar.
  6. Don't overstay your welcome. Plan to stay only 45 minutes after dessert and coffee. The host or hostess will be exhausted from cooking and entertaining guests.

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