What To Bring To Thanksgiving When You Can’t Or Hate To Cook

When you think of November, you likely immediately link it with Thanksgiving. As soon as Halloween ends, I’m trying to make plans with my family and figure out who is hosting. More importantly, I worry about what I will be contributing to Thanksgiving Day. I was taught never to visit someone’s home empty-handed, so the pressure of making a great dish to complement everything else going on the table is real!

I’ve never liked cooking, but I’ve come to the realization that it really is a necessary skill. For those of you that rarely spend time in the kitchen, I think you’ll love this post. I’ve collected a handful of go-to hacks that have worked for every Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving dinner.

Bring the Wine or Alcohol

This is the best thing to bring to any party. Figure out what the host’s favorite kind of wine is and bring a bottle for him/her and another bottle for everyone else. You can also offer to bring cocktails. Playing bartender doesn’t have to be an all-day thing. You can simply make a batch right before dinner, and leave everything set up for people to serve themselves.

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Make the Potatoes

One of the easiest things you could ever cook is a potato. The hardest part of the process is just the waiting. Offer to cut the waiting game and waste of cooking space from the host’s Thanksgiving meal-planning by bringing the potatoes yourself. Whether you’re bringing mashed or baked potatoes, the cooking process will be so easy.

Fruit and Vegetable Trays

This can be a no-cook option. Who says that you have to chop up veggies, cheeses and fruits yourself? You can buy a pre-made tray at any grocery store. If you want to take an extra step, remove the plastic container and make your own arrangement. Secure it with Saran wrap and take it with you on your way to Thanksgiving dinner.

Head to the Bakery

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Remember to call well ahead of time! Support local AND treat everyone to a couple of delicious dessert options from a local bakery. You can’t go wrong with pie, but if you want to really surprise the host, you should think outside of the box as well. Get something that specific bakery is known for, and another fallback option for those who like to stick to the traditional pumpkin pie.

You should also check out 10 Pumpkin Breakfast Recipes To Try or Green Apple Pie Smoothie Bowl With Vegan Caramel Drizzle!

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Author: Wendy Vazquez

Wendy is the Editorial Assistant here at the Glitter Guide. She has a background in PR and marketing, but her true passion is editorial. She enjoys all things beauty and lifestyle.

  • My favourite hack is to prepare something that’s less “cooking” and more “some assembly required.” My go-to for potlucks is caprese salad skewers (cherry tomatoes, bocconcini, basil on skewers, finished with salt, pepper, and a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic vinegar). They’re so easy and they’re always a hit, especially if the other dishes are heavy and people are craving something a bit healthier on the side!

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