5 Thanksgiving Feast Tips At The Office

Thanksgiving is the start of what I believe is one of the best times of the year. This holiday reminds us there’s a lot to be thankful for, especially, but not limited to food. If you’re attending your office’s Thanksgiving gathering this year, we suggest five Thanksgiving office party tips.

These tips include everything from making sure you fill your plates with the best choices, how to have intentional conversations with your coworkers, all the while putting your best foot forward and standing out among your coworkers.

Corporate gatherings are a time for you to let loose and enjoy this time away from work, but there is still work etiquette that should not be neglected.

Thanksgiving Office Party Tips

1. Show Up Hungry for Turkey

In my book, showing up hungry is always rule number one when it comes to any Thanksgiving office party. The food is expected to be the highlight of the party, especially when it comes to Thanksgiving. You don’t have to go over the top, and starve yourself for days leading up to the party. But, I do suggest eating light  that day in order to leave room for you to feast with your coworkers.

Our Thanksgiving day feature won’t leave you feeling hungry. To no surprise, our Thanksgiving day meal includes the roast turkey breast with gravy. A true Thanksgiving meal doesn’t happen without a delicious and tender roasted turkey breast.

Whether you are a big fan of turkey or not, the best thing part of Thanksgiving is that there are tons of sides to choose from. You could avoid the turkey all together and still be filled up from our smashed redskin potatoes, cranberry sausage stuffing, harvest salad and fresh baked bread with butter.

The best meals don’t end after the main course, even when it’s a Thanksgiving dinner course. We suggest leaving room for dessert because every great Thanksgiving meal ends with a big bang. Our November desserts, include pecan tassies and a pumpkin roll with cream cheese frosting. 

2. Don’t Grab Too Much Food

Tip number two is to not over do it on the first round. Yes, you read that correctly. I know it’s Thanksgiving, but when it comes to a meal like this, our eyes are typically always bigger than our stomachs. We end up filling our plate to the very top, and once we get halfway through the carbs start to catch up to us, and we end up throwing away half our plate.

Since this is a corporate event, you want to be respectful of your coworkers as well. Grab a reasonable portion of everything and that way you can test out the different sides and figure out what your favorite dish is.

Then, when there is an opportunity for seconds, you can strategically choose to eat more of your favorite dish without feeling obligated to finish your plate first. Who would have thought there is so much strategy involved in a Thanksgiving meal?

Most Thanksgiving day corporate events happen at the end of work day. That’s good news because a successful Thanksgiving day gathering, if done properly, should leave the entire office in a food coma.

If your office scheduled your gathering in the middle of the work day, then this step two is even more imperative to follow. If it is acceptable, I suggest bringing a plate of food home with you instead of over eating during the work day and leaving the gathering feeling sluggish.

3Ask Good Conversational Questions (Not About Work)

Although the highlight of the gathering is definitely the food, there are many things to be thankful for. This office party is a great time to spend quality time with your coworkers without having to talk about work.

It may seem difficult to not talk about work. I’m sure that is what you are used to talking about and that is what you have in common with your coworkers. However, it can be very beneficial to intentionally use this time to get to know your coworkers. 

Ask them questions about their real Thanksgiving day plans, how they like to spend their holidays, maybe see if they are traveling for the holidays or staying in town. Get to know their family and just genuinely enjoy spending time learning about them. Not only will this make the party so much more enjoyable, but it will also benefit your relationship and build trust among one another.

Building trust and relationships with your coworkers makes the company culture stronger and makes it more enjoyable to show up to work. These are people you spend majority of your time with, so you may as well get to know them and enjoy each other’s presence.

4. Get Seconds!

After you’ve given everyone a chance to fill their plates, don’t be afraid to go back for seconds, or thirds, or fourths. Thanksgiving is the one time of the year where there really is no such thing as too many rounds.

Especially if you have followed tip number one and tip number two, then you will definitely be hungry and ready for at least seconds. Thanksgiving gatherings should always have a surplus of food because there is no bigger fail of a party, than if there isn’t enough food. With that said, keep eating until you’re no longer hungry.

5. Help Clean Up

You may assume that because the party was set up for you before you walked in the room, that you are good to go when are you finished eating. You may have somewhere to run after dinner, or you are just eager to get home. But just like any other Thanksgiving gathering that may not be at your office, it is polite to help clean up. This could be as simple as throwing away your plate and offering to throw away a couple coworkers as well, or as far as taking down the tables and packaging up the leftovers.

The people who are in charge of taking down the decorations and putting away the food, were also probably in charge of setting up the event space. So it would be mean a lot to them to have someone offer to help without being asked or assigned to do it.

Helping to clean up shows you’re a selfles team player who wants to serve. Even if you are the CEO, and you are willing to humble yourself to serve your employees, this act of kindness will go along way.

Even if you aren’t the CEO, but you are hoping to get a promotion or just want to show that you are willing to go above and beyond both at work and outside of work, this is the best way to do so.

Final Words

In 2018, it’s not just about Thanksgiving with your family, but now there is friendsgiving, and we believe that friendsgiving can be for corporate offices as well. The epitome of a strong company culture is intentionally creating relationships and friendships among your coworkers.

The more opportunities you have to socialize outside of work time, the stronger your relationships will be. Holidays are a great excuse to enjoy a meal, some team building activities, and an overall good time.

As long as you show up hungry, consider how much you eat, have intentional conversations to get to know your coworkers, and help clean up, your Thanksgiving party will be great.

P.S. Feel free to order multiple Thanksgiving meals for your office all month long.