Want to cut a step out of your prep? Choose cookware that can travel to the table. Baking dishes or attractive pots save you from transferring foods into servingware, and save you from washing another dish.
Is there anything worse than realizing someone got you a present and you didn’t get them anything? Or figuring out you forgot to pick something up on your way out the door? Stock up on a few gifts that would be good for anyone (wine, gift certificates) so you’re always prepared.
Instead of throwing the traditional New Year’s Eve rager, switch it up. A morning after feast with all of the traditional good luck foods (black eyed peas, collard greens, etc.) and plenty of hair of the dog, gives you and your friends a place to recount the prior evenings events and start the year off on the right foot.
Can’t remember whose drink is whose? Miniature ornaments make excellent wine tags. String combos of ornaments and bells on ribbon and tie around glass stems so people never doubt which beverage belongs to them.