Genius! Save Time (and Money!) Setting Up for a Barbecue


Having an impromptu party or gathering can be a lot of fun... and a lot of last-minute work. But not anymore! The Kissters and a savvy iVillager have super smart ideas on how to save time setting up for any event.

The clever -- and every cute! -- idea for using mason jars for grab-and-go place settings comes from iVillage user Taylor Harkins of HolidayHelpings.com. On her blog Harkins loves sharing menus, recipes, gift ideas, fun festivities and ways to keep your relatives out of the kitchen. Sounds like a best idea for sure.

Swapping out the colored napkins is a quick way to add to your party's theme, too. Tired of your cheap table cloth blowing away? Trying using an unused fitted sheet to cover your table securly.  And if you're dining outdoors but don't have a sound system available, simply drop your smartphone or iPod into a bowl or large cup for some instant amplification.

Do you have a best idea? Join The Kissters as they share tips straight from the iVillage community on My Best Idea. Tell us your idea now!

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