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8 tips on sharing Ramadan with your neighbors
Ramadan is a great opportunity to share Islam its values of spirituality, generosity and kindness with others, especially your neighbors. It's a great time to do Dawa and explain our faith as well as our Muslim culture. And Dawa and intercultural understanding are very much needed in the current atmosphere of anger, tension and sadness in the wake of September 11, 2001.
Here are some ideas on how you can share the joy with your neighbors this Ramadan.
1. Begin with Dua
Make Dua that Allah give you and your family the sincerity, strength, motivation and wisdom to do this. Dawa is hard work, and it needs preparation, commitment and organization.
2. Put up a Ramadan banner on your door
This can be something handmade or something more formal.
But don't stop there. Print out a factsheet on Ramadan and stick that on the door to educate readers passing by about the blessed month and what it means to Muslims. Include some pictures of Ramadan (i.e. everyone sitting together and eating for Sehri and Iftar, what kind of food is served, etc.)
3. Send neighbors Iftar snacks
Include a note with the food that the month of Ramadan is here and you are sharing your joy with them.
You can offer snacks that are not just "American" but also ethnic, especially things like Pakoras, Samosas, and other finger foods. Include index cards with the snacks listing all of the ingredients. This will help neighbors avoid food that causes allergies.
4. Give kids Ramadan Mubarak balloons and candy
Let your neighbors' kids also feel the happiness of Ramadan by including chocolate and candy among your snacks. Balloons also add a nice touch, and if you can get some printed which have "Ramadan Mubarak" written on them, they may remember the blessed month even after it has passed.
5. Publish Ramadan information in your neighborhood newsletter
If you are part of a tenants' association, a group within your housing complex or your neighborhood block parents' association and they publish a newsletter, inform them about Ramadan and prepare a short write-up about the month. Don't just present dry facts about Ramadan though. Discuss how your family celebrates it, or how you celebrated it back home. This is a great way of informing many more neighbors about Ramadan.
6. Have a neighborhood Iftar gathering
You don't have to invite everyone. Perhaps just the closest neighbors can attend this event. Send handmade invitations for an "Iftar gathering" at most a week in advance (avoid the word "party" as it may be misunderstood to mean a gathering including alcohol, etc.).
Ask about allergies or other food issues before establishing the menu. Include American and ethnic food.
Also, have some written material on Ramadan available for your guests. You can print out this factsheet and put it on some fancy paper to add to the festive air of the evening.
At the gathering:
Be cordial, generous and friendly, but maintain Islamic rules of behavior and modesty. This should not be a "party" in the common understanding, but more of a religious celebration that is spiritual and respectful to all.
Don't impose information. Just let guests ask questions, if they want to. As well, be ready for questions about Islam and violence/terrorism, the oppression of women, etc. Give neighbors the benefit of the doubt and clarify their misunderstanding in a calm, gentle manner.
Talk about Ramadan not just in America, but also in different Muslim countries. How it differs in terms of what kinds of foods are served or timing, etc. This will make Ramadan come alive and be seen as something real and spiritual versus just another religious obligation.
7. Get your kids on it
Tell your kids to inform other neighbors' kids what Ramadan is all about and have the children invite their classmates to your Iftar gatherings.
8. Talk about what Ramadan means to you
What's it like to fast? How do you work/go to school and still fast? What kind of food do Muslims eat during Iftar and Sehri? These are some questions you may be asked. Don't just point your guests to the pamphlets. Tell them and use some personal examples they can relate to.