Table Manners, Thanksgiving Style

November 24, 2011 | By | Comments (0)

From my office, I can hear the whir of the electric mixer. It’s Thanksgiving morning, the place is full of guests, and someone is sautéing onions for the stuffing. Bless that person.

Our dining room table has two extra leaves, and expands to comfortably seat 12. When 16 of us sit down to eat this afternoon, we will try to remember:

  1. It’s good to have no elbow room. If your table is crowded, it means your husband makes a mean turkey. Or the guywho is rumored to make his own pumpkin whipped cream is in attendance.
  2. Don’t ask for the drumstick unless you’re under 10. Everyone knows it tastes awful, anyway.
  3. You will be too full for dessert. You will be too far gone to know this. Make small “tasting plates” of dessert for guests —which will ensure you have leftover pie tomorrow.
  4. Never, ever reveal the secret ingredient in your family’s carrot ring. Let them look it up on the Internet.