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Becky Luigart-Stayner

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If the idea of hosting a Thanksgiving meal seems great but your wallet protests, opt for something less conventional and just as festive. Kick off the day by inviting everyone over early for cocktails and appetizers. There is no need to fully stock the bar; instead, just serve a signature drink. This lets you go ahead and make a pitcher or two ahead of time. Ask guests to bring over a bottle of wine or some beer if they'd like, but let them know you'll have a beverage and snacks waiting.

Or, offer up your home to friends after they have made the rounds to other dinner parties earlier in the day. Simply serve a few desserts, fresh coffee, and/or after-dinner drinks. And remember that the most important aspect of Thanksgiving isn't what you are serving, but rather who you are serving, so surround yourself with the people you care about most.

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