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Thanksgiving Tip: Deal with Unexpected Guests — Part 1

You've sent out your Thanksgiving invites and the guests have RSVP'd. However when the big day arrives, someone brings three other guests, so what do you do? Do you send them away? Tell them they can stay for drinks, but can't stay for dinner? You could, but it wouldn't be very host-like of you. So instead of panicking, graciously invite the guests in and figure out a new game plan.

Here are a few simple tips you can do to accommodate unexpected Thanksgiving dinner guests:

  • Remember, your extra guests are probably going to be embarrassed that they didn't RSVP or are someone's plus one. Don't make them feel worse, invite them in, get them a drink and quickly squeeze in their place setting at the table. Don't worry if you have to use makeshift seating with office chairs or outdoor chairs.
  • If you don't think you have enough food for everyone, whip up a quick side dish such as spaghetti and jarred pasta sauce. It's not exactly standard Thanksgiving fare, but at least this way there's enough to go around.
  • Holidays are generally full of family and friends, so you may want to anticipate extra guests and havesome extra crackers, tapenade, mixed nuts, and cookies on hand just in case.
  • If you're setting up fancy place card settings, prepare a few extra blank ones. Keep them in the kitchen drawer with a pen; this way if an extra guest stops by, you'll be prepared.

Come back tomorrow for more tips on how to deal with unexpected holiday guests!


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aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
mamaseacat mamaseacat 9 years
People do this at weddings too.
madetoheal madetoheal 9 years
I can't really imagine a scenario where extra guests could create a food shortage, but my family is kind of insane. (One year, we had three turkeys. Three! For maybe 15 people. Not to mention the ham, lasagna, mashed potatos, veggies, and who knows what else.)
motherof3 motherof3 9 years
My sister in law is notorious for bringing extra guests. Not just one though, she'll bring both parents, her younger sister and her two kids.
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
It's Thanksgiving! You're supposed to make way too much food. :feedme:
Diana172 Diana172 9 years
Great tips! Thanks.
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