Don’t want to end up on the cutting board with the turkey – DON’T BE LATE!
- If you’re late, you might just miss Salt Bae salting my Turkey. Just kidding. Thanksgiving is a well-orchestrated cooking extravaganza, it takes days to plan and a village to cook, so be respectful, be a Gracious Guest, and Be on Time!
- Don’t Come Early either – bec your host will be in their PJs, hair standing on end, wrestling with the turkey and trying to clean the darn thing and get it in the oven.
- Asked to Bring a Dish? Don’t stroll in at the last minute with a bag full of ingredients, looking for a bowl, asking where the spices are or if I have an onion, expecting to chop, saute, and put something in the oven. Make that Dish at home, put it in a serving container with a serving spoon, so it’s ready to go. Don’t change your mind at the last minute and decide to make something else. Your host is counting on you and that Dish.
- Be Extra Helpful – Take a turn washing/drying dishes and glasses, entertaining the kids and getting them outside, walk the dog, wrap up leftovers, empty the trash, talk to grandpa or help him get his food, talk to the weird teenager, pour drinks, serve dessert, cut off sloppy uncles, better yet – chauffeur that uncle home, and defuse heated arguments.
- Hostess Gift – Yep, even if you are bringing a Dish, buy a small gift for the host. A Gravy Fat Separator – is the Best Thanksgiving gift ever — it’s a fat separating science experiment in a beaker and it’s Fantastic. Southern Living Magazine recommends affordable wines in Thanksgiving Wine Pairings. Erasable Wine Glass Markers are an inexpensive great gift. Salt Bae T-shirts – are funny and a great converstation starter or check out my post on Ten Hostess Gifts that Celebrate Fall for ideas.