9 Replies Latest reply: Nov 26, 2014 7:01 PM by DeanGibson

    Who pays for Thanksgiving?

    DeanGibson

      In your family, who pays for the food for the Thanksgiving dinner?

       

      1. The person hosting the dinner.
      2. It's like a potluck; everyone brings something, and pays for what they bring.
      3. The family decides on the dinner, and asks everyone to pay a known amount.
      4. The host describes the dinner, and asks everyone to pay a known amount.
      5. The host does not describe the dinner, and asks everyone to pay their fair share, with the amount determined afterwards.
      6. Other (please describe).
        • Re: Who pays for Thanksgiving?
          LarryOnLI

          The person (me) hosting the dinner.

          • Re: Who pays for Thanksgiving?
            wistaggerlee

            Everytime that I've hosted we've paid for most of the dinner, but our family stayed for the whole weekend and others contributed in  ways like bringing/making another meal, or getting milk, juice, beer, wine and snacks for the weekend.

              • Re: Who pays for Thanksgiving?
                keriflur

                The host. And I'm always bummed when it's not me (I like eating my own food best.)

                 

                When my grandparents used to host, it was more potluck - everyone would bring something, most of it finger food, and we would eat all day long while my grandparents made the turkeys (yes, turkeys plural, I come from a big family) and stuffing and such. I miss those days.

              • Re: Who pays for Thanksgiving?
                captainnook

                Dean Gibson wrote:

                 

                In your family, who pays for the food for the Thanksgiving dinner?

                 

                1. The person hosting the dinner.
                2. It's like a potluck; everyone brings something, and pays for what they bring.
                3. The family decides on the dinner, and asks everyone to pay a known amount.
                4. The host describes the dinner, and asks everyone to pay a known amount.
                5. The host does not describe the dinner, and asks everyone to pay their fair share, with the amount determined afterwards.
                6. Other (please describe).

                 

                #1 usually, but we've used #5 as well -- when we've gone out for Thanksgiving dinner at a restaurant.

                • Re: Who pays for Thanksgiving?
                  Froide

                  Largely #1, but most guests bring something -  usually coordinated in advance with the host (e.g., beverages, desserts, or someone's specialty dish).

                  • Re: Who pays for Thanksgiving?
                    eaglewomanEP

                    I pay and daughter-in-law cooks.

                      • Re: Who pays for Thanksgiving?
                        luvbooksCM

                        My situation is the same as Froides with an occasional exception depending on who is hosting. Usually the host in our family does all the cooking and the attendees offer to bring a dish, which is coordinated with the host. Certain folks have their signature dish, such as one of my aunts always does the antipasto. It's a given. It's delish and everyone looks forward to it. No one wants me to do the antipasto because it would consit of meat analog, non-dairy cheese & tofu! Oh, and olives & greens.

                      • Re: Who pays for Thanksgiving?
                        junonia-shell

                        #1

                        It's just my hubby and me. Prime steak and lobster on the grill with twice baked potatoes and salad. Meat scraps for the dogs.

                        Thanksgiving is whatever you make it out to be, and for that, I am thankful.

                        • Re: Who pays for Thanksgiving?
                          DeanGibson

                          I guess it's just me at #5, then.  The hostess likes to spend a lot of money and time making a real fancy meal:  The last such meal cost her over $200 (for four people), and she asked me to contribute $20 (she kept a lot of the spices, etc that she bought).

                           

                          $20 of course is reasonable, but I'm not all that interested in a fancy meal.  I eat most anything, but it doesn't have to have much added to it.