But still, something is incomplete. And when there's a lull in conversation, you can hear guests chewing their crostini or the tines of their silverware hitting the plates.
So what's missing? Music! It's music. A good soundtrack to your party will make the room feel fuller and cozier, and the guests feel free to add their voices.
When choosing what to pay is stressful, with limitless options, look here: We've got 10 playlists for Thanksgiving, from Drake-inspired to California cool.
Turn It On, Turn it Up
Cooking Marathon Pump-Up
It's not Eye of the Tiger on repeat (though that wouldn't not be appropriate).
Calming Chill Pill (The Musical Equivalent of the Puppy Channel)
If your in-laws are driving you up the wall (or the turkey didn't cook quite as planned).
Your guests can thank you now (and oh my goodness, they're welcome).
If you'd rather sing than speak. (A little something for everyone, from Dashboard Confessional to Bon Jovi.)
Divas of the 80s
hair turkey, don't care.
A very electronic Thanksgiving
Interesting enough to show your friends you're cool; not so interesting as to be distracting.
Cowboy boots not required (but highly recommended!).
Mario Batali's BIG American playlist
Almost like you have a seat at Mario's table. Almost. (Plus: Kanye West, Rosanne Cash, and Moby?!)
To put your guests at ease (and justify your decision to wear bell bottoms).
Dishwashing dance party
After the eaters leave (or after you've enlisted their help...), the real party starts.
And, if you're looking for even more music choices, don't forget our three playlists from last year's holiday:
What's playing during your Thanksgiving meal? How about when you're cooking? Share a selection in the comments!