Happy Thanksgiving Eve!
Etiquette and Manners Reminders for a Guest to Impress:
(1) Do bring a hostess gift and offer to help (even if the only thing your mother allows you to contribute in 36 years is dishwashing);
(2) Do not rearrange the placement;
(3) Do pass counterclockwise (to the right); AND
(4) Do not eat your table neighbor’s bread.
If you cannot remember which bread and drink are yours, put both hands in your lap and make the okay sign. Your right hand will look like a “d” (👌🏼) —> Drink. Your left hand will look like a “b” —> Bread. You got it! Your Drink is on the right, your Bread is on the left. 🦃🧡🍽🧡🦃🧡🍽🧡🦃🧡🍽🧡🦃🧡🍽🧡🦃
To the Host and Hostess:
(1) Do set the table properly, consider interpersonal dynamics, and left-handed people (Swipe for diagrams of informal and formal table settings);
(2) Do not sweat the small stuff; AND
(3) Do have fun as it’s the best way to ensure your guests do, too!
...and no one should get ripped, especially the cook. I’m not naming names, but I have had one too many Thanksgivings where someone forgot to turn the oven on.