3 Thanksgiving Table Topics Everyone Can Agree On

Ready, set, table-talk.

November 20, 2018
Photo by Bobbi Lin

It's T-minus two days from Thanksgiving. Your pie dough is waiting for you in the freezer. You've stocked up on wine. Your cranberry sauce is ready to go. You've started to defrost your turkey. (Right?! If not, we'll wait for you here.)

Now, it's time for my favorite part of prepping for the big day: planning the table topics.

This year, we called on team members, contributors, and community members to share their best back-pocket conversation starters. Here's what they had to offer:

The No-Responsibility Hypothetical

Dorie Greenspan, cookbook author (and best-ever dinner host!) poses this question to her Thanksgiving guests:

"If, for the next week, you had no deadlines, no commitments, no emails or texts needing a response—and if money weren’t an issue—what would you do with that time?"

The Harry Potter Deep-Dive

Eric Kim, Food52's senior editor, likes to get a bit whimsical with his guests. His go-to topic? Harry Potter. He asks the following of his table-mates:

"Harry Potter: What House are you? What’s your favorite book? What do you think of the allegory of good versus evil from the perspective of the House Elves?"

The Quick Question That's Actually Probably a Metaphor

Ozoz Sokoh, blogger at Kitchen Butterfly and longtime Food52 community member, likes to keep it short and sweet, with a quippy question that gets the whole table talking:

"Treehouse or tent?"

What's your go-to conversation starter for Thanksgiving? Let us know in the comments.

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