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If you’re lucky enough to be attending a Thanksgiving feast instead of hosting one, then your first instinct may be to merely show up and get ready to dig in. Not so fast! Although your gracious host or hostess will most likely insist to bring nothing except yourself, you won’t necessarily want to heed those words. Why not show your appreciation by sending–or arriving with–a small token of your gratitude for the host’s Thanksgiving invitation? Wine Bringing wine to a Thanksgiving feast is always a popular choice. Sometimes it’s smart to bring a bottle of red and white to cover all the bases. Or, consider bringing a bottle of wine and a bottle of sparkling juice for the non-drinkers. Flowers Sending your hosts a lovely Thanksgiving-themed flower arrangement for the feast is a thoughtful gesture. Send the flower arrangement a day ahead of time to ensure it gets there in plenty of time. If you really want to impress, send an arrangement that reflects your hosts’ style. If they have more modern and simple tastes, then go with a beautiful orchid arrangement in Autumn colors. If your hosts have more traditional tastes then consider a festive flower cornucopia centerpiece. Include a personalized message indicating how much their Thanksgiving invitation means to you. Food Some people are always tempted to arrive to a Thanksgiving get-together with food. Unless the host asked you to bring something specific–or if it is a potluck–then bringing food isn’t always the best idea. You might bring a dish that clashes with the cook’s menu or they might not have enough room for any more food. If you’re absolutely set on bringing food, then go with a dessert or appetizer instead. Another alternative is to bring a bag of nice coffee to serve after the meal. You can always bring a small hostess gift–like a candle or wine glasses–but the ideas above are more suitable since they are appropriate to the Thanksgiving meal itself.

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