Wondering what to bring to Thanksgiving? This list has you covered on the food and non-food items to make you a rock star guest!
I have lots of great tips for the host in my Hosting Thanksgiving Post, but even if you’re not hosting, simply attending a holiday gathering comes with its own stress. None the less, no worries, here are some great ideas on what would be appropriate to bring to Thanksgiving Dinner.
What to Bring to Thanksgiving
- Ask what to bring – Your host has planned the menu for a while, so don’t just show up with a random side dish they may already have. Ask if they would like you to bring any food at all, and if the answer is yes, ask what they would prefer you contribute.
- Pre-prepared food only – Don’t, under any circumstances bring something that requires the oven, prep room, or stove top! You don’t want to get in the way, so make ahead food is a must!
Some make ahead ideas:
- Ready to Toss Salad – Even if you are asked to bring a salad have it ready to go so all that’s needed is to set down, toss, and serve. Heres how:
On the Go Salad Prep
- Get pre washed ready to eat bagged lettuce
- Pack each salad component in zip top bags
- Put dressing in jar
- Put everything in a large serving bowl along with serving spoons
- When ready to serve simply dump everything in the bowl and toss.
- Your own serving dish – The host is probably maxing out there serve ware so bring your food in its own ready to go dish.
- To-Go-Containers – To make dealing with leftovers easier, bring your own to-go-containers. Plus, this way you won’t use up all the hosts Tupperware.
- Wine – Ask if there is a specific wine that they prefer. Bring it already chilled if it’s best served cold.
- Beer – Bring it in a small cooler. There will be no room in the fridge.
- Flowers – Flowers are always a nice gift. Bring them already trimmed and in a vase you don’t mind leaving behind. This way the host won’t have to stop what they are doing to find one.
- Tea – A calming tea is always a thoughtful gift. You can check Great gift ideas for tea lovers everywhere at Mighty Leaf.
- Breakfast – After cooking all day the last thing the host probably wants to do is get up and cook breakfast the next morning. Bringing a make ahead breakfast that they can simply reheat in the morning is an extremely thoughtful gift.
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- Be on time
- RSVP if asked to
- Don’t criticize the food
- Say thank you!
Now that you Know what to bring to Thanksgiving you can approach your guest status with confidence. Enjoy your holidays everyone! Don’t forget to pin this to your Pinterest boards.