Don’t Show Up Empty Handed

Is someone else hosting you for Thanksgiving? If so, don’t show up empty handed.

Don't show up empty handed this Thanksgiving.
Don’t show up empty handed this Thanksgiving.

Hosting for the holidays isn’t just a ton of work, it can get expensive too. Turkey, side dishes, appetizers, desserts and alcohol don’t just appear out of thin air. Your host has probably spent a lot of their time and effort, not to mention their money, budgeting and preparing for you to have a nice time.

You can help ease the financial burden on your host by being a good guest. Bringing a dish or helping with dinner goes a long way.

And good news! Bringing something for dinner doesn’t have to be expensive for you, either. Helping out doesn’t mean you’re responsible for the turkey.

You can bring:

  • An appetizer
  • A side dish
  • Dessert 
  • A bottle of wine
  • Entertainment (like a board game)

If you’re completely broke and can’t bring anything at all, you can offer to help your host in other ways. I’m sure most people wouldn’t turn down an extra hand making dinner, setting the table, or running last-minute errands. It isn’t necessarily the cost of what you bring, but the thought of helping that counts. Whatever you decide to do, just make sure you don’t show up empty handed.

Your host will thank you, and you might secure your invitation for next year while you’re at it!

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