Most of us will be a guest at a Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving or some other festive holiday soiree at some point in the next few weeks. The good news is you have the easy part! Your friends or family are doing all of the things (and there are many!) involved in hosting this get-together. You get to just show up, eat, drink and be merry, right? No! I mean, you can, but we’re grown ups, so let’s put just a tiny bit of effort into being a gracious guest (which will help secure you an invite to the next gathering!)
Ask the host if there is anything specific you can bring… but in a genuine way. This mostly means asking at least a few days in advance and not waiting until an hour and a half before you’re supposed to arrive to shoot a next reading “need me to bring anything?”
Thinking of offering to bring food?
There are so many ways to be a great guest without bringing food or booze!
A lot of work goes into hosting any kind of dinner party, but especially a holiday party! The pressure to be festive is real, people. Be courteous of the work that your host has put into the evening. Don’t forget to send a thank you card a few days after the party! It’s such an easy thing you can do to let the host know you enjoyed yourself, and that their hours of prepping, food shopping, cleaning, cooking, cleaning again, hosting, and cleaning yet again were all worth it.