Every Thanksgiving we encounter the same pesky issues. We loathe guests who barge into the kitchen, disrupting our roasting and baking. We fear over-cooked turkey and burnt yams. Plus there’s that meddling uncle who asks for leftover pumpkin pie before dinner has even begun. Alas, the biggest food holiday of the year is often the most stressful.
In order to help you survive the big day, we reached out to several etiquette experts. In the video above we chatted with Myka Meier, founder of Beaumont Etiquette and The Plaza Hotel Finishing Program, and got the scoop on how to deal with all these holiday challenges and many more.
We also compiled some of the best Thanksgiving tips from, Helena Echlin, Chowhound’s former etiquette writer. She wrote the column Table Manners for six years. Here’s her best advice on how to survive Thanksgiving, all in one place. So if you need help appeasing your vegetarian friends, dealing with your snobby cousins, or attending multiple feasts on the same day, you’ve come to the right place. Check out all of her advice below.
How to Host a Turkey-Free Thanksgiving
If you’re a vegetarian, how do you successfully throw Thanksgiving without a turkey?
You’ve got multiple Thanksgiving dinner invites. Is there a way to hit all the meals without offending?
Are guests entitled to leftovers (which are, after all, the best part of Thanksgiving)?
What If You Ruin the Turkey?
Quick! Order pizza! (And other ways to salvage your party.)
Your mother-in-law knows exactly how the gravy should be done. Yeah, right. Here are ways to get her out of the kitchen.
Thanksgiving Turkey Snob Dilemma
Is it wrong to suggest that your host buy a politically correct bird?
Here’s hoping these tips serve you well come the holiday weekend!