I think sending leftovers with your guests at the end of the night is a wonderful gesture. Not only does it ensure that you don’t have too much food that will eventually spoil, it’s also a way to keep the memory of the dinner alive for the next day.
I’ve been told that one of people’s favorite things about Thanksgiving is the leftovers, so don’t be embarrassed about offering them to your guests.
Here are some ways to make bringing leftovers home more special:
- Provide take-out containers for your guests. You can find some colorful take-out containers from places like the Container Store.
- Or, if you want to add an elegant touch, offer Japanese bento boxes like these.
- Create groups of containers for each guest or family and label them with their individual names or family names. Personalization like this will make your guests feel even more special.
- Make the act of taking leftovers an event. After the meal is finished, create a line up of the food with the front of the line being the stack of take-out containers. Each guest can line up, find his or her containers and scoop up all the food they want.
At the end of the night, what everyone will remember is the good laughs, happy stories and the great food. And that’s really what it’s all about isn’t it?
What are your favorite Thanksgiving traditions? How do you meld old traditions with new ones?