RMM - Nov-20 - Jennifer Reiner

Simple and Cost-Effective Ways to Decorate for Thanksgiving Hosting Thanksgiving doesn’t mean you have to spend a lot of money making over your home. There are plenty of simple things you can do to prepare your house for guests without spending a lot of money. Here are some simple and cost-effective ways to decorate for Thanksgiving. Use what you already have. Look around your home to see what you may already own that could fit into a fall theme. Colors like brown, red (cranberry), orange, dark green, and copper will all work. Don’t clean your yard if it has colorful leaves. Be lazy for once. Sweep your pathway, but don’t rake up your leaves. Let them cover your yard to create a picturesque fall setting. After dinner, you can rake them into a pile and let the kids jump into them. Add window boxes to the front of your home. Adding these boxes is fairly inexpensive, and you can place

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and ask people what they’d like to make from the list. You can also ask for dish ideas from attendees. Someone might have a favorite family recipe they’re itching to make. Don’t forget to ask your guests ahead of time about any allergies to avoid a potentially disastrous situation. And if people are bringing their own dishes, make sure they know about any restrictions, as well. Last but not least, don’t forget to plan the drinks. Make sure you have a variety of alcoholic and non- alcoholic beverages available.

Ask yourself if you can successfully make everything on your menu before you decide to serve it. The answer should be a resounding yes. If you hesitated before answering, don’t be afraid to ask someone for help. Another idea is to prepare the dish a few days ahead of time as a test run. Hosting a dinner is stressful enough without trying to prepare everything yourself. Don’t be afraid to make your meal a potluck-style Thanksgiving. Put together a list of dishes you need people to make

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