The holiday season is officially here! Not only does that mean Christmas carols, festive wintery activities, and more food than you could ever possibly consume, it also means that holiday parties will be happening essentially every weekend and possibly a few weeknight evenings as well. Whether you’re attending an ugly-sweater party, a cookie-baking party, or the family Christmas party, you should never show up empty-handed.
But what are the best things to bring to a holiday party? Besides yourself and a smile, you can never go wrong with a bottle of wine or a little present for your host. But for every agreed-upon side dish that you can bring, there’s something that you should absolutely never bring with you to a party. Pets, a full-blown main course, and any experimental dishes are all things that should stay home this December.
Luckily for you, we’ve put together a handy guide for what to bring — and, more importantly, what not to bring — to your host’s house this holiday season.
Additional reporting by Lauren Gordon.