The 10 Things You Should Bring as a Standout Guest to Thanksgiving Dinner



As a guest to a Thanksgiving feast, it's normal to think two simultaneous thoughts: Yes, I don't have to do anything but show up and eat," and What is my problem? All I'm doing is showing up to eat. When we all know that this holiday takes an impressive amount of time, effort, and planning to pull off, it's normal to feel equal parts excited and guilty about your role as guest for the occasion. In order to lessen those pangs of remorse as you bite into a turkey leg with zero stress, we've put together a list of things you should bring to a Thanksgiving dinner that will help the host.

For starters, it's a good idea to never bring anything you know is covered—like a turkey, obviously. But to make the host's day go by as smoothly as possible, it's probably wise to carry things like ice, serving utensils, and even leftover containers with you.

As a standout guest, your job is to bring the fun, too, and that's why it's smart to have conversational topics ready for when everyone is seated and a small game in case another one of your comrades gets sleepy. We've detailed all of these ideas in our handy Thanksgiving guest guide so that you don't have to feel anything but excitement about knocking on your host's door.