How to be a Good Guest on Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving, be an A+ guest by following these helpful tips, so you can keep your invite for years to come.

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If you’re not hosting Thanksgiving at your house this year, lucky you. You may be thinking it’s your chance to kick your feet up and relax while someone else does all the work. Not so fast. This Thanksgiving, be an A+ guest by following these helpful tips.

Plus, to make sure the day goes smoothly, here are 12 must-haves for a successful Thanksgiving.

Don’t Crowd the Kitchen

It’s true you may get to taste test a few dishes before the meal if you hang out near the action, but the cooks need space to get the job done. Here are kitchen mistakes you need to stop making.

Be on Time

Nobody likes holding a meal for a few late stragglers. Also, don’t be too early as this can increase the pressure the host is likely already feeling. Here are our tips for how to be a good party host.

Come Prepared

If you’ve been asked to bring a dish, make sure it’s finished as much as possible so you don’t take up valuable space in the kitchen. Bring it ready to be served in your own bowl with your own utensils.

Get your home ready for Thanksgiving by doing these 21 crucial projects before guests come.

Bring a Thoughtful Gift

Wine is nice, but give something the host will be able to enjoy after everyone leaves, such as artisan chocolates, a gift card to a bookstore or movie passes.

Help Work the Room

While the host is busy in the kitchen, talk to other guests and make sure people are comfortable. Offer to get older guests a beverage and help the kids get set up with a board game while everyone is waiting for dinner.

Be Upfront About Dietary Issues

If you have a dietary issue or allergy, make sure the host knows about it at least a week before the Thanksgiving meal.

Help With the Clean-Up

Offer to clear the table after the meal. You can even load the dishwasher or get started on dishes and wiping up the counters. This is the ultimate kitchen cleaning checklist.

Put Your Phone Away

Good guests socialize in person. While it’s OK to take some photos, stay off your phone as much as possible.

Up next, check out these Thanksgiving decorations we wish would make a come-back.

Rachel Brougham
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