For most Americans, the holiday months are always highly anticipated. It’s the only time of the year we get to indulge in pigging out without being judged. Second, third and fourth servings are especially allowed for those who were chopping onions, skinning potatoes, and slaving over the stove to prepare such a magnificent feast. But unfortunately, some of us won’t be able to enjoy those nice, homecooked meals. Why? Well, not everyone’s cooking tastes good! But you can use these tasteful tactics as the main ingredient to declining those unwanted dishes.

“I’ll Take My Plate To Go”

This is a classic line. Sure it may seem a little rude but it saves you from having the host give you a large portion of food that will go to waste. So make sure you’re nice and full before you arrive to their home so that you don’t have to put your tastebuds and tummy through the agony of indulging in stomach-churning food. Unfortunately, you have those persistent hosts who refuse to let you decline a dish. If that’s the case, proceed to the next step.


Polite Picking and Packaging

So you went against your better judgement and decided to accept the invitation, and now you’re sitting there with a plate full of food you don’t want. What do you do? Pick at it. But do it politely and pleasantly. Engage in a bit of conversation with each bite. In some cases telling a fib is acceptable, and this is the one of those cases! You can compliment them on how delicious their baked mac and cheese is, or how succulent their turkey tastes. And, of course, insist on taking the rest of that nasty food to go.


BYOD (Bring Your Own Dish!)

That’s right, bring your own dish! It’s not unusual. Many dinner guests contribute to a big feast or gathering by bringing an entree, dessert, appetizer or even wine. And if you feel like you still want to be a part of the special occasion, you can by having large portions of the food you provided on your plate. This way you don’t feel left out of such memorable moments.


It’s the conversation and sharing of memories while creating new ones that brings friends and family together– not what’s on a plate! Although…I wonder if some of my friends and family pulled one of these moves on me when they said, “Thanks, but I think I’m gonna take this plate to go!”





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