Tis the season for partying the night away! And this year, you were bold and invited all your friends and co-workers over for a New Years party at your home. With parties also comes messes: inevitably, red wine on your white sofa and guests tracking in snow and slush when they walk in the door. Use some of these tips for party proofing and you will feel calm and collected instead of frantic when hosting this season.
There’s no worse feeling than seeing your beautiful couch or sofa ruined because someone’s sticky hands were all over it, or they managed to spill a cocktail on it. The solution to this problem: expect the worst and prepare. Buy slipcovers and large throw blankets that match the design of your living room. Slipcovers are easy to find, and buying them will save your furniture. This way, you can seat guests on your furniture and enjoy your party, instead of feeling anxious about your upholstery or leather being destroyed on accident. Throw blankets are great to have, not only for looks, but also for cold winter nights. After the party is over and everyone has left, you’ll be able to curl up with your warm blankets and relax! What better way to do that than with a cup of hot chocolate? Your furniture is covered and protected from any spills you may have, too.
Scotchgard is Your New Best Friend
Slipcovers and throw blankets are a great place to start especially when you need to protect your furniture from spills and stains. But what about keeping your rug or carpet clean? How many times have you tried scrubbing out stains from your carpet, but to no avail? Solve the problem before it can happen by applying Scotchgard to your rugs, carpets and places people will be walking. Protecting your rug or carpet is just one more easy way to give yourself piece of mind while you’re entertaining. If someone does happen to spill something, all you’ll need will be some water and a rag. The stain is repelled by the Scotchgard, and easy to pick up with a little light rubbing. The party will go on without even noticing that it happened!
Keep Coats Organized
More than anything, you want to stay organized when throwing a party. As the host, it’s your job to make sure everyone attending has what they need. A common thing people forget: where are you going to put everyone’s coats? If you don’t have one already, it would make a lot of sense to purchase a coat rack so guests can hang their coats up. If you’re worried about cost, you can easily find them for under $50, but you could also designate a room the “coat room” before the party. Make a sign that says Coat Room so guests don’t try to make themselves welcome in other parts of your home.
Have a Designated Party Area
Just because you’re having a party and inviting guests into your home doesn’t mean it’s open season on your home. Making it clear that only the living room, dining room and first floor bathroom are available, for example, gives your guests boundaries and leaves you in control. It’s helpful to block off areas that you don’t want guests in. If you have a second floor or basement, a baby gate or some kind of barricade is a smart way to keep nosy guests out of your private life. Signs that show “party this way!” are also a subtle way to tell guests where they can and cannot go while they are in your home.
With these simple tips, you can be a guest at your own party. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the fruits of your labor with family and friends. Messes are part of life but they don’t have to ruin your holidays or your home.