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Viva la Value - May 2010

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Lisa Reynolds

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During this month’s show, Lisa Reynolds will be joined by Jenna Higgins, event planner and author of multiple books on budget party planning, who will discuss fun and inexpensive ways to host parties and entertain guests. Lisa will also be joined by Supermarket Guru® Phil Lempert, a nationally recognized consumer analyst, for his top five food reviews of the month, and Kate Arcieri, a lifestyle expert, and Editorial Director at redplum.com. Higgins, a Bellevue, Washington-based planner, thrives on planning budget-friendly events. As a mother of two, she has quite a few birthday bashes under her belt. She keeps projects within budget, and ahead of time frames and loves to work on large project ideas from inception to completion. A few tips Higgins offers: - Visit dollar stores or discount chains. These are certainly quick, easy places to peruse anything from plastic cutlery to trinkets for the kids, and wonderful locations for an event planners’ back pocket. They’re also great for inexpensive glass vases for flower arrangements. -Think ice-breaker games. These don’t cost much to pull together and serve as a wonderful way to help engage all audiences. They also keep the crowd moving and mingling; two traits to any good party. -Plan “action activities.” Having a few things planned to help entertain your guests will guarantee they feel relaxed and that the party moves. Pulling together a simple puzzle table is fun. Get a puzzle going, possibly with the boarder already done, is an inexpensive or possibly free way to provide something fun to do. You can also break out the outdoor games, like bocce ball, ladder ball and bean bag toss. Old-time games are also a fun way to engage kids, such as Connect Four or Twister. Whatever you have on hand, or can pick up at a yard sale will work; dust it off and put it to good use. Guests will love a flash-back bash.