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The How-To Lounge: Arrange the Seating Chart For Thanksgiving Dinner

I know what you're all saying, you can't believe Thanksgiving is just four days away, but it's time to accept the fact that it's early this year, so get cracking on setting your table! If you are at a loss as to who should sit next to whom, check out some of my tips.


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  • Since Thanksgiving is a time when all are welcome, especially those who are far from family and close friends, be sure to use name tags at the dinner table to avoid seating anxiety and ensure no one forgets anyone's name!
  • Similar to seating at a wedding, I suggest seating boy/girl. It mixes up the conversation well and is aesthetically pleasing.
  • I always like to separate couples, brothers and sisters, and best friends in order to avoid cliques and encourage people to go outside their comfort zone.
  • Typically the hosts sit at either end of the table, and the person that is doing most of the serving should sit closest to the kitchen.
  • Be sure to sit a shy guest next to a more outgoing one and make an effort to seat people together who have similar interests so you don't have to worry about everyone getting along — Thanksgiving is supposed to be fun!
  • A lot of people have an open-door policy on Thanksgiving day, so make sure to have some extra chairs if you're expecting anyone to drop by.

I hope these tips help, and for any and all things Thanksgiving, check out what my good friends over at YumSugar have to say!

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