6 Ways to Share a Memorable and Enjoyable Thanksgiving


If you have been tasked with the challenge of hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year, don't just focus on the meal. While Thanksgiving dinner is a vital part to the holiday, don't forget that the holiday itself is about giving thanks and sharing in a community atmosphere. The following are a few ways that you can help to create a memorable Thanksgiving for you and your guests.

  • Host a potluck dinner - Ask your guests to bring different dishes, whether they're side dishes, desserts or even bottles of wine. Not only will it make it much easier for you to prepare dinner since you won't have as many dishes to make, but your guests will feel like they had a hand in creating dinner and get a chance to share with everyone else. Nothing feels better than sharing something you made - and being complimented for it, after all.
  • Serve dinner at the table - Instead of having a line go through the kitchen where everybody piles food on their plates buffet style, set everything out at your dinner table. This allows your guests to pass food around to one another, thereby creating a much more communal atmosphere. You could go even further and have your guests serve each other instead of themselves. You can do this by passing everyone's plates around and having each guest place food on each plate.
  • Take away the cell phones - Cell phones can be a big distraction and they can take away from the social atmosphere you're trying to create. Institute a no cell phone at the dinner table policy by collecting everybody's phones. Don't just ask everyone to turn their phones off or put them on silent - odds are a few strays will still check their phones through the meal. Without cell phones, everybody will be forced to socialize with one another and will have a more fun and memorable time because of it.

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  • Cut out the politics - Nothing will tank a good time like politics. There's a good chance that your guests will have some differing political views. Consider having a no politics at the table rule to avoid any heated arguments from breaking out and ruining everyone's holiday.
  • Say thanks - If everyone at the table shares a common religious belief, then there's no harm in saying a prayer together. However, you don't want somebody to feel out of place if they practice a different religion - or no religion at all. Instead of saying a prayer, you may ask everyone to go around the room and simply say what they are thankful for.
  • Organize a post-meal walk - Once dinner is over, organize a walk around the neighborhood. Not only will it help everyone work off some of those calories, but it gives everyone some casual time to socialize as they stroll through your neighborhood. This is an especially good idea if everyone is planning on sitting in front of the TV for the football game afterward.

These are just a few ways that you can create a more communal atmosphere for Thanksgiving dinner, thereby making it a much more enjoyable and memorable Thanksgiving holiday.

About the author: Seth Gowdy is the Sales Manager for Pivot Insurance and holds multiple insurance and securities' licenses. He has been part of the financial services industry for nearly 20 years. In his free time he enjoys being outdoors fishing, hiking, and geocaching with his wife and two children. Seth most enjoys helping clients with Pivot’s customized process and needs' calculators. You can reach Seth at 1-800-651-1953 or sgowdy@pivot.com.

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