• Birthday Party Ideas for Quick Clean Up 20 February 2012 | View comments

  • Between inviting, shopping, cooking, cleaning, decorating and gift-wrapping, birthday parties and other social events require a tremendous amount of energy, time and creativity. Sometimes the clean-up involved with having a party becomes a deterrent to the cause.

    We have put together some tips to help you enjoy hosting parties over and over again with an easy, regimented strategy for eliminating most of the clean-up involved before the day is through.

    Stop the Mess Before It Starts...
    Perhaps the easiest way to reduce the mess made during your parties is to "uninvite" the mess itself.

    • As you plan the party menu, think about the end result of serving colored punch instead of clear juice or handing out mini pizzas instead of chicken nuggets. Making food choices that can help alleviate disasters can really make a difference at the party's end.

    • Have a whole set of bonus goodies available as rewards for kids who help clean up before they leave. Give a treat for cups and plates that are picked up, trash that is collected from the ground and spills that are wiped up. While you'll still be doing plenty of cleaning, there'll be a bit less to do and you'd be teaching kids a valuable social skill.

    • Instead of allowing guests to use your cups and glasses, have an alternative theme for the party. Place ice in a cooler, give out sports bottles as party prizes when guests arrive, and be sure they know the bottles are theirs to keep. This reduces waste due to forgotten cups and removes cups and glasses from the list of items to clean up later.

    • Use paper plates and plastic utensils to reduce the number of items that would need to be cleansed. These throw-aways make clean up go much quicker and save on water and soap.

    • Keep napkins and paper towels available for unexpected spills and messy hands.

    • Select food based on ease of clean-up. Finger foods are a lot easier to prepare and clean up, requiring less silverware as well. Cookies and small pastries are also better because their crumbs are less likely to get ground into your carpets than cakes, cupcakes and brownies.

    • Use paper tablecloths to catch spills and crumbs. Throw them away at the end of the party.

    • Remind guests to bring their own towels for swimming and pillows and blankets for sleeping over if necessary.

    • Forget showing off those pretty floors and carpets to the grownups. Instead, cover any floors kids will have access to with oil cloth or tarps. Be sure to tape everything down at the edges to avoid having children trip on corners. When the party is over, you can simply move furniture aside, carefully roll up the tarps and take the whole crumby mess outside.

    Keeping the House Itself Clean...

    Prevention is often the best method of preparation, so think of the most difficult places to clean after a party and do whatever you can to keep those places clean.

    • If the day's weather increases the chances of mud coating your carpets, steps and floors in general, ask guests to remove shoes or at least leave floor mats by each door to the house so they can wipe their feet.

    • Strategically place bins around the house where people will easily find them. Keep one within sight near eating areas so that paper plates and napkins find their way to the trash bins. Keep a trashcan in sight if guests will be outside as well - "highly visible" is the best policy.

    • If desired, to make clean up a bit more fun for guests, attach a small basketball hoop to the trashcan and ask that guests only "shoot" non-messy pieces of refuse.

    • Put a floor mat or a layer of newspaper below the trashcan as a spill precaution.

    • Set up plastic bins labeled for each different kind of recycle - cans, glass, plastic, etc. Guests will be more encouraged to dispose of their garbage and empty containers when they know where to put them.

    • Be sure your guests know whether you have a garbage disposal or not.

    • Do not wait to the end of the party to clean up - clean as you replace food items. If you notice some empty plates on your way to the fridge, toss them in the garbage as you pass.

    • Encourage guests to throw out trash and recycle.

    • Host outdoor parties when the weather permits.

    Hope these tips can help with your next party, event or function.

     Fairy Regards


    Fairy Belle xx

     

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