Thanksgiving. The biggest meal most people will make all year. But what if you only have a few people joining you? Here are some ideas to make it easier.The hardest challenge is the turkey. The general rule of thumb is to plan on one pound of meat per person. This will allow everyone to enjoy a full meal and still have some leftovers for turkey sandwiches the next day. Usually the smallest bird you can find is about 10 pounds, far too much meat for a small gathering.For small parties up to four or five people, buy a half turkey breast (usually around 3 to 4 pounds) and if anyone really loves dark meat, pick up two or three thighs. This lets you serve what everyone wants and nothing gets dry because you can pull each piece off the grill when it’s done. When you are cooking a whole turkey by the time the legs and thighs are done the breast is overcooked. By working with cut up pieces, everything is cooked perfectly.One of the most challenging things to do is scaling down all normal-size holiday recipes. Everyone wants a little of each dish so they take smaller servings. This helps you reduce the amount of dishes you have to make and everyone still gets the wide variety of treats they love. So if a recipes says the yield is four servings, plan on getting about eight servings from that same recipe.Another trick is to reduce the total number of dishes you make.