The holidays are all about greetings and gatherings, and if even if you're not the one hosting the festivities, you've probably got your calendar packed with fun social events. Whether you're heading to Thanksgiving with your boo, BFFs, or fam, make sure you know what to cook, bring, wear, and act. Here are all the tips you need to cement your status as everyone's favorite guest and guarantee an invite next year.
First Thanksgiving With the Boo
Heading to your first Thanksgiving with your S.O.'s family can feel a little intimidating, but it doesn't have to be. Do your homework, and show up ready to make a good first impression. If you've offered to prepare a dish ahead of time, opt for something traditional with a twist, like a Paleo-friendly stuffing or cinnamon pecan pie. Wear something stylish but not scandalous (put away the stilettos for the night), mind your manners, and bring a gift for the hosts (something wine-related is usually a crowd pleaser. Most importantly, be yourself, and they have no reason not to like you.
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Your friends are basically your family away from home, and Friendsgiving has become an annual celebration with its own set of treats, cocktails, and inside jokes. Keep the tradition going by making an extra-grammable side like a crescent-roll cornucopia or the dessert to end all desserts, a piecaken. Grab your favorite comfy chic outfit, bring a trendy hostess gift, and don't forget to show gratitude for having amazing besties in your life.
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Thanksgiving With the Family
Thanksgivings are a great way to reconnect with family members near and far. You get to meet everyone's new significant others, navigate both deep and awkward conversations, and spend QT with your nearest and dearest. Use Thanksgiving as an excuse to try out a new recipe, such as a walnut pie with a chocolate twist, and help out with setting up decor or cleaning afterward. Put on some stretchy pants (your family won't judge you), and get ready for a night of bonding. If all else fails, stir up some friendly competition with a game the whole family can play.
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Crashing Your BFF's Family Thanksgiving
Spending Thanksgiving with your BFF is a treat — you get a to have a family dinner without any of the pressure. Cook a little something to contribute but not overwhelm the meal, dress to impress (no one wants to be the frumpy friend), come bearing a gift, and act respectful of their menu and traditions. Most of all, be thankful for having a BFF who is always ready to be there for you, holiday season or not.