Thanksgiving advice doesn’t stop at how to cook turkey—we tapped etiquette experts for tips on gracefully navigating stickier social situations too.
Every Thanksgiving we encounter the same pesky issues. We loathe guests who barge into the kitchen, disrupting our roasting and baking. We fear overcooked 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.
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.
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?
(Also helpful: The Best Thanksgiving Host & Hostess Gifts to Bring.)
Are guests entitled to leftovers (which are, after all, the best part of Thanksgiving)?
Is it wrong to suggest that your host buy a politically correct bird?
Here’s hoping these tips serve you well come Turkey Day!
See our Ultimate Guide to Thanksgiving for everything else you need to know.