What to Bring to Thanksgiving Dinner

Are you a guest at Thanksgiving dinner this year? Although you are getting out of cooking the feast, you should bring a gift for the host or hostess. Deciding what you should bring depends on the atmosphere, but here a a few suggestions that will be great at any Thanksgiving dinner.

pumpkin chocolate tiramisuDessert

You definitely can’t go wrong with bringing dessert to Thanksgiving! A classic pumpkin pie or pecan pie are sure to be a hit. Or, you could bring a unique family recipe that will spur conversation. If you are feeling experimental, you could try a new Thanksgiving dessert recipe like Pumpkin Chocolate Tiramisu or Turkey Cupcakes.

Gifts for Kids or Pets

If your host or hostess has children or beloved pets, a gift for them is perfect to bring to Thanksgiving. A Thanksgiving themed book like The Littlest Pilgrim by Brandi Dougherty or A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving movie are two great options for kids. If you are shopping for a pet, consider Doggie Carrot Cake or a Turkey Trot Cat Toy.


For something the whole family will enjoy, bring a board or card game for everyone to play after the feast. You can purchase your favorite game for the host or hostess or try a new game. Popular games that a large group of people can play together are Apples to Apples, Catchphrase, Uno and Cranium. There are also a lot of games you could play with a simple deck of cards like Crazy 8’s and Go Fish.

flowers for thanksgiving dinnerBottle of Wine

A bottle of wine will be appreciated by your host or hostess. Even if it doesn’t get opened on Thanksgiving day, wine can be saved for another special occasion. You could bring your favorite bottle of wine or choose a bottle you think will match with the food being served. A great white wine to consider for Thanksgiving is Riesling and a Pinot Noir for a red.

Festive Floral Arrangement

Bring a festive floral arrangement to Thanksgiving for everyone to enjoy while they eat dinner. Not only will this add to the festive atmosphere on Thanksgiving day, but the host or hostess will be able to enjoy the flowers for the week after the event is over. You can pick up an arrangement at a local florist or grocery store or purchase one online at teleflora.com.