Thanksgiving Potluck Celebrating Ideas

by Emma W.R. on November 16, 2016


Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks for all you have and is celebrated by families across the United States.  Last year, my family relocated away from all of our family to Florida from Pennsylvania and were feeling alone for the holidays.   What I didn’t realize was that many other families that we have become friends with were going to be alone for the holidays also.

My neighbor, Susie, invited my family to join hers and two other families for a Thanksgiving potluck celebration.  I had never heard of such a thing.  She provided the turkey along with her stuffing and gravy and asked each of us to do our own sides that were traditional to us for the holiday. 

I baked my family’s special recipe for cornbread with the help of my children.  Their other favorite traditional side is my sweet potatoes loaded with butter and cinnamon topped with marshmallows.  Another family brought their green bean casserole and homemade cranberry sauce.  I had never had actual homemade cranberry sauce.  I know that is sad, but my mom always bought the can so that’s what I always did.  It was delicious.  The other neighbor provided pies for dessert.

A Thanksgiving potluck is a great way to celebrate the holiday.  Our families were able to taste different foods from different cultures.  I was thankful for the invite and look forward to hosting next year’s Thanksgiving potluck!

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Sammie May 8, 2018 at 12:01 pm

It’s always very thoughtful to invite someone over during the Holidays if you know they are going to be alone.


Ashley February 13, 2017 at 8:40 am

It doesn’t sound like your family had food from different cultures. But the idea is really sweet. I live by a lot of older people who don’t have family nearby, I think they’d love to show off their family’s recipes.


Erika January 30, 2017 at 1:19 pm

I make THREE different kinds of cranberry sauce to bring to my sister-in-law’s for Thanksgiving. It may sound excessive, but they are always the first bowls to empty. Never any leftover!


Quincy January 20, 2017 at 9:49 am

I am an awful cook, but I do know how to bake. There are many easy pies you can do without any effort.


Addie December 9, 2016 at 3:00 pm

I think that yahoo article was wrong Virginia, cranberry sauce is a necessity.


Virginia November 29, 2016 at 12:56 pm

Great idea, I hope it continues. There was an article on Yahoo last week about the 10 things never to bring to a Thanksgiving feast; cranberry sauce and green bean casserole were on the list! WHAT! blasphemy I say.


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