Bring a Bouquet of Herbs to Thanksgiving Dinner
The main role of a Thanksgiving guest is to enjoy the food and keep up an interesting conversation. I never expect gifts, but they are always nice to receive.
I wouldn’t be upset if each guest brought a bottle of wine, or flowers, or any other “standard” host gift, especially if guests bring food. The food itself is a gift and I never expect someone to bring a dish and an extra token of appreciation. But just in case you’re looking for a simple yet thoughtful host gift, I recommend a bouquet of fresh herbs. While I appreciate a bottle of wine, a bouquet of flowers, or something more practical like a new kitchen towel or a couple of serving utensils, I would be absolutely thrilled if someone showed up at Thanksgiving dinner with a bunch of herbs that I could use the last time. minute as I see fit.
A bouquet of fresh herbs is a great gift for the owner. I usually manage to buy enough herbs for my recipes, but I often forget to buy some for garnishing. What a gift it would be if my supplies were replenished at the last moment. A dash of sage for sautéing until crispy , rosemary sprigs for cocktail garnish, thyme leaves for salad dressing would all be welcome additions to my hectic Turkey Day kitchen.
Plus, they just look pretty. Take a good assortment of the herbs most commonly associated with Thanksgiving flavor — sage, rosemary, thyme — and then top it off with fresh bay leaves, marjoram, or a dash of mint. Tie it all together like a piece of twine, like a bouquet; or, if you have a large bouquet, place it in a vase or stone jar with a little water.