RedPlum's Mom Saver-in-Chief, Lisa Reynolds, is always quick with tips for any entertaining occasion. In the recent article Checklist for entertaining on New Year's Eve on Yahoo! Shine Lisa shared her helpful hints on sprucing up your space and sharing cooking responsibilities for a low-cost, low-stress New Year's Eve party.
Redecorate, for free - Lisa Reynolds, RedPlum's Mom Saver-in-Chief, tells Yahoo! Shine, "Rearrange at no cost. Live the value lifestyle by redecorating with what you already have. You will be amazed the difference that removing clutter, shifting furniture, rugs, and lamps can make. Interior redesigning has become a new profession within the design industry - give it a try yourself. You know your home best."
Adults, families, and kids - Make it explicitly clear on the invitations if the party is for adults only or if kids are invited. Be sure to create a separate space for beverages and foods in a separate space. Assign an older child or a relative to keep an eye on the kids. Set up board or video games, a craft station, and have some kid-friendly movies ready to go in the DVD player.
Turn a potluck into a game - "Don't feel the pressure to cook an over-the-top New Year's Eve meal on your own. Not only would doing this take time away from your guests, but it can also turn costly. Take a fun approach and make cooking part of the entertainment and get your guests involved. Suggest a potluck dinner where guests bring their signature dish or host a 'Family Top Chef' competition during the party," says Reynolds.
Check out other posts on the Save.com Blog for more ways to save your money and your sanity.