RMM - Nov-20 - Jennifer Reiner

Tip #1: Coordinate and communicate about parking. Most people don’t think about parking when they’re preparing a Thanksgiving dinner. But if you have a lot of guests coming over (and if your neighbors do, too), it’s important to be prepared. Instead of waiting until the last minute, evaluate your parking needs a few weeks before the big day. If you have family members who can carpool, ask them to do so. You can also offer to drive some family members if they live close to your home. Figure out how many cars can realistically park in your driveway and on the street outside your home. If you have guests who have trouble walking, make sure they

can park close to your home. If guests have young children, they might prefer to park toward the end of the driveway so they can make a quick escape when the kids get tired. Coordinating your parking might involve talking to some of your neighbors to see if they will also be having guests over. You may find that some of your neighbors are going somewhere else for dinner and might let you use their driveways for your guests. Most importantly, communicate with your guests ahead of time about where they should park. Tip #2: Keep track of the number of guests and RSVPs. You can start planning ahead by keeping track of who is invited,

who is coming, and who has yet to give you an answer. The sooner you have a solid list, the sooner you can finalize your preparations and shopping lists. If you don’t know how many people are coming, you won’t have the right number of seats and may not have enough food to serve everyone. Tip #3: Plan out your menu well in advance. Thanksgiving is all about the food, so it’s naturally the biggest part of your preparation. If this is your first time hosting Thanksgiving, I don’t recommend taking big risks or straying from a traditional menu. People expect certain food items in a Thanksgiving meal, so make sure you have the basics covered


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