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How to Be an Awesome Thanksgiving Dinner Guest

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November has arrived here in Oneonta, NY and it brings with it one of our favorite holidays, Thanksgiving! Today the Hillside Commons Blog has some tips about how to be an excellent Thanksgiving Dinner guest. Read on to get the scoop. 

Make plans.

Deciding where to go for Thanksgiving isn’t always an easy decision, but if you communicate kindly, you can find a place you want to be. If you can’t be with family, consider joining or throwing a Friendsgiving. Wherever you’re going, just make sure that you’re expected and you arrive on time.

Offer to help.

As soon as you know where you’re going, offer to contribute a dish or to help in another way that you can. That could mean providing drinks, plates or cutlery, or cleaning up! Just know what the host would like help with the most and be flexible so you can adapt accordingly. And of course, it’s always a good idea to go the extra mile and do more, at the dinner and afterward.

Mind your manners.

Besides just offering to bring something or help out in some way, don’t forget the other details! Ask your host about the level of formality so you can get a feel for how to dress appropriately. Brush up on your dining etiquette, too. Others may not notice or care what fork you’re using, but the details count (especially in handling food!) and contribute to a comfortable environment for everyone. Additionally, be willing to try the food if you don’t have a dietary restriction against it.

Be generous.

If you’re bringing a dish to share, prepare enough to serve at least one helping per person present. If you can, make extra! Even if the second dish isn’t touched, you can always leave it with the host or divvy it out to someone who loved it to spread the cheer. Remember also to be generous in your praise and in general as you socialize.

However and wherever you celebrate Thanksgiving, we wish you the best. Thanks for taking time to read our post today!