You are reveling in the coveted role of guest rather than host this Thanksgiving. Even though the stress over creating a perfectly moist turkey and mountains of fluffy mashed potatoes is not yours, you still have a contribution you can make. Don't show up to dinner empty-handed – pick up one of these Missouri-made products, a perfect accompaniment to any holiday meal. Your host will thank you, and perhaps you can score an invite for next year.
The aforementioned turkey and mashed potatoes are sure to create a thirst easily quenched by a variety of Missouri libations. Sweet yet tart, St. James Winery's cranberry wine is deliciously festive and perfect for the holidays, or choose one of these award-winning Missouri wines. For the beer drinkers, Logboat Brewing Company's Mr. Moot is a brown ale with notes of fruit, toffee and chocolate. Bring a bottle of Still 630 Expedition Rum and make White Barbados to keep your fellow guests warm and merry. For a non-alcohol option, pick up a pound of locally roasted 'Tis the Season Roast from Kaldi's Coffee to brew; it offers notes of vanilla and baking spices. For the kiddos, grab a six-pack of Fitz's Root Beer and Pumpkin Pop.
Savory Snacks and Sweets
Expecting oven or refrigerator space is an epic faux pas as a Thanksgiving guest. It is best to bring something ready-to-eat like the winning combination of Backer's Potato Chips and Central Dairy's Chip 'n Dip. Burger's Smokehouse offers a variety of Missouri-made cheeses and sausages perfect for pre-dinner snacking. To satisfy the after-dinner sweet tooth, arrive with one (or two or three) of Peggy Jean's made-from-scratch pies and become everyone's favorite guest. Almost too beautiful to eat, a signature assortment of Christopher Elbow Chocolates will have guests swooning.
Something for the Host
Flowers are the ultimate thank you that last for days after the dishes are washed and leftovers devoured. Buy fresh-cut stems from Ozark Mountain Flower Truck, found at various locations around Springfield or order online. 1Canoe2 offers a variety of beautiful yet functional gifts including calendars, planners and home goods. To aid with post-holiday clean up, Sammy Soap makes handmade, all-natural soaps and essential oils produced by Missourians with disabilities.
Missouri-made products are the perfect way to contribute to Thanksgiving dinner and say "thank you" for the invitation. Find some of these products and many more on the Buy Missouri website and shop local this holiday season.
Written by Amanda Long