10 Book Families You Wish You Could Invite to Thanksgiving Dinner

Posted by Hayley on November 25, 2015

Last week we asked on Facebook and Twitter: If you could invite any fictional family to your Thanksgiving dinner this year, who would you choose? Today we've got your top answers.

(Note: Due to murderous wizards, colorful weddings, and illnesses, not all the family members mentioned below survive their respective books. But this is your dream Thanksgiving, right? And in your dream Thanksgiving, everyone lives.)

The Pevensie Family
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The Chronicles of Narnia
by C.S. Lewis

Who's coming to dinner: Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy
What they're bringing: Turkish Delight (only one piece per person!) and tea

The Finch Family
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To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee

Who's coming to dinner: Atticus, Jem, Scout, Calpurnia, and a very brief appearance by Boo Radley
What they're bringing: Lane Cake and dewberry tarts

The Weasley Family
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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
by J.K. Rowling

Who's coming to dinner: Arthur, Molly, William, Charles, Percy, Fred, George, Ron, and Ginny
What they're bringing: Meatballs and Ton-Tongue Toffee

The March Family
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Little Women
by Louisa May Alcott

Who's coming to dinner: Marmee, Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy
What they're bringing: Over-boiled asparagus (thanks, Jo!) and sticky currant jelly (thanks, Meg!)

The Stark Family
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A Game of Thrones
by George R.R. Martin

Who's coming to dinner: Ned, Catelyn, Robb, Jon, Sansa, Arya, Bran, Rickon, and a litter of Direwolf pups
What they're bringing: Uncooked meat and sour cherries

The Larkin Family
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Darling Buds Of May
by H.E. Bates

Who's coming to dinner: Pop, Ma, Mariette, Montgomery, Zinnia, Petunia, and Primrose
What they're bringing:A big picnic basket full of strawberries, bacon, and roasted pork

The Baggins Family
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The Lord of the Rings
by J.R.R. Tolkien

Who's coming to dinner: Bilbo and Frodo—plus various hobbits and dwarves who heard there was a party nearby
What they're bringing: Cold cuts, pickles, mushrooms, carrots, and lembas

The Bennet Family
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Pride and Prejudice
by Jane Austen

Who's coming to dinner: Mr. Bennet, Mrs. Bennet, Jane, Elizabeth, Mary, Kitty, and Lydia
What they're bringing: Rout cake and creamy fricassees

The Plum Family
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One for the Money
by Janet Evanovich

Who's coming to dinner: Stephanie, her parents, Grandma Mazur, Bob, and Rex
What they're bringing: A box of jelly doughnuts and pineapple upside-down cake

The Cuthbert Family
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Anne of Green Gables
by L.M. Montgomery

Who's coming to dinner: Marilla, Matthew, and Anne Shirley
What they're bringing: Plum puffs and raspberry cordial

Which family would you want to invite over for Thanksgiving? And what do you think they would bring? Tell us in the comments!

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message 1: by Kaj (new)

Kaj Samuelsson Pippi Longstocking and her dad

message 2: by Eileen (new)

Eileen Burns The entire Borrower family.

message 3: by Kaye (new)

Kaye Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes. I know they'd hate it but still.

message 4: by Anggun (new)

Anggun P.W I want Song's family from To All the Boys I've Loved Before (Margot, Lara Jean, Kitty, their father and puppy), Oh, please bring snickerdoodles!

message 5: by Tahsina (new)

Tahsina Syeda Anne Shirley, Marilla, Mrs Lynde, and Davey boy!

LilyTheLuckyBerry OMG. The Weasley family is a FIRST.

message 7: by Susan (new)

Susan Lundstedt Peter Pan and the Lost Boys....or maybe Nancy Drew and her dad.

message 8: by Susan (new)

Susan Ray Definitely the Weasley family...but maybe without Percy.

message 9: by Alexa (new)

Alexa The Boxcar Children!

message 10: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana Weasley family.....because they remind me of my family.

message 11: by Camila (new)

Camila The Herondale family for sure!

message 12: by Laura (last edited Nov 26, 2015 08:46AM) (new)

Laura The Weasley family! Percy and all...

message 13: by Donna (new)

Donna Swanson I would invite the Pevensie family members, and a careful selection of other characters from their adventures. A VERY careful selection....

message 14: by DrTMadhusudan (new)

DrTMadhusudan The Swiss family Robinson

message 15: by Judy (new)

Judy The Weasley family, hands down, for sheer entertainment value. Although, the Plum family would be mighty entertaining as well!!

message 16: by Maria (last edited Nov 26, 2015 09:17AM) (new)

Maria The Weasley family or Peter Pan and the Lost Boys

message 17: by Janet (new)

Janet What if you had the Weasleys, the Bennets and the Marchs all at the same time? That would be VERY interesting!! Could I also get Rose, Lissa, Dimitri & Christian (Vampire Academy) to stop by?

message 18: by Rohina (new)

Rohina Weasleys without a doubt!

message 19: by Kaci (new)

Kaci Rizk Baggins and weasley

message 20: by Sorobai (new)

Sorobai Oh boy! Always the Harry Potter thing again... How about the Swiss family Robinson!?

message 21: by John (last edited Nov 26, 2015 09:59AM) (new)

John Definitely my first choice would be the Murrays and O'Keefes from A Wrinkle in Time.

I'm currently reading Clive Barker's Galilee, and I'll bet the Barbossas would be great guests.

I definitely would not invite Infinite Jest's Incandenza family. The book has proof of how awkward their Thanksgiving is :)

As for non-fiction, I'd love to invite David Sedaris' family.

message 22: by Ramon (new)

Ramon Don Vito Corleone family from The Godfather - very good manners and respectful. He would make me an offer that I couldn't refuse. Plus, with such a large family, I wouldn't have to worry much about having left-over turkey.

message 23: by Meghan (new)

Meghan Got to be careful with that raspberry cordial.

message 24: by Barbara (new)

Barbara Jamie and Claire Fraser, of course! The entire Outlander Family is most welcome.

message 25: by Sandy (new)

Sandy Excellent choice; and don't forget Dr. Watson.

LilyTheLuckyBerry Sorobai wrote: "Oh boy! Always the Harry Potter thing again... How about the Swiss family Robinson!?"

What??? You don't like Harry Potter???? :o

message 27: by Emy (new)

Emy The whole kaboodle from Redwall Abbey.

message 28: by Susan (new)

Susan The Browns from National Velvet.

message 29: by Sadie (new)

Sadie The Farseers.

message 30: by Erma (new)

Erma Talamante Definitely old Bilbo and the rest of the Hobbitses... They would make sure the spread never ran dry, and would likely burst into rousing song betwixt courses!

message 31: by Melanie (new)

Melanie D'Andrea With the Ingalls family

message 32: by Lani (last edited Nov 26, 2015 11:10AM) (new)

Lani I want to spend the holiday with the families I loved as a child.

The Pevensie Family and March Family were definitely favorites of mine, but also

Sydney Taylor's All-of-a-Kind Family: Ella, Henny, Sarah, Charlotte, Gertie & their parents.

The Darlings: Wendy, John, Michael, Mary, George & Peter Pan, Tinkerbell, The Lost Boys, of course.

The Little House family: Laura, Carrie, Mary, Ma, Pa.

Nancy Drew, her father: Carson, housekeeper: Hannah, and her friends: Bess, George, Ned.

The Boxcar children.

Mary Poppins.

Oh and American Girl families for Felicity, Josefina, Kristen, Addy, Samantha, Kit, Molly.

message 33: by Lani (new)

Lani Tara wrote: "Eileen wrote: "The entire Borrower family." Yes!"

You wouldn't have to make much extras for these guests.

message 34: by Mariana (new)

Mariana Afonso | Books Of My Own The Herondales and the Lightwoods!!Cassandra Clare

message 35: by [deleted user] (new)

Well, I think I'll invite all the Avengers, Asgardians, Jotuns, and Dark Elves.

(I know. Movies, but I like them.)

message 36: by Jenn (new)

Jenn The Peppers from the Five Little Peppers and How They Grew.

message 37: by Leni (new)

Leni Salinger's Glass Family! I'd love to have a conversation with Zooey

message 38: by Kike (new)

Kike Ramos Give me the Bennet sisters with their gossip about all the new boys in town. It would be such a fun night

message 39: by Lark (new)

Lark Benobi oh, come on! The Joads! Who else would need a turkey dinner as much as those folks?

The Grapes of Wrath

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The Baggins!

message 41: by Shelagh (new)

Shelagh Symonds True the Joads should have the dinner but I doubt they would want to chat around the table much !!

message 42: by Kelly (new)

Kelly Martin The entire family from "Sweetness at the bottom of the Pie." and hope that the girls don't injure each other too badly.

message 43: by Shima (new)

Shima Camila wrote: "The Herondale family for sure!"


I got way more exited about this that I should have!

message 44: by Wendy (new)

Wendy The Maddox Family! hahahaa it would be a GREAT dinner with all those Maddox boys :P

message 45: by Kikki (new)

Kikki I'm all for the Weasley's, Pevensies, and Baggins family coming over for thanksgiving XD I'm positive they would love my cooking

message 46: by Jennifer C. (new)

Jennifer C. I would love to invite the Kelly family from the KGI series or the Grady family from Cut & Run.

message 47: by Margie (new)

Margie The March family and the Kanaugh family with friends from the Mitford series.

message 48: by Obed (new)

Obed M. Parlapiano Weasley family all the way. There's nothing better than that family. Expect maybe for Percey.

message 49: by [deleted user] (new)

The weakly family!!!!

message 50: by Hayley (new)

Hayley I'd love to bring the Weasleys (along with Harry), and the Jacksons (from Percy Jackson - Sally, Percy, and Paul, possibly Annabeth).

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