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No football-themed party is complete without food and drinks! While it’s fun to get friends together on game days, the messes these get-togethers leave behind can really be a headache. Follow my advice and your home won’t look like a disaster area the day after. (And pick up some Persil® ProClean® Laundry Detergent from Walmart® in advance for the unavoidable messes. It’s a powerful, premium laundry detergent that gives results you can see, smell, and feel!)
1. Opt for disposables
Use disposable table covers to protect surfaces and disposable plates, bowls, cups, and cutlery to make cleanup easier. Go the extra mile and buy tableware with your favorite team’s logo on it for your football-themed party. Simply scoop the entire mess up after the party and toss it in the trash.
2. Help everyone keep track of their drinks
Wrap different colored rubber bands around beer bottles and glasses to minimize the number of cups being used.
3. Serve less messy foods
Stick to bite-sized foods and avoid create-your-own food stations, which can leave big messes. Make chunkier dips that are less easy to spill, and serve light-colored drinks.
4. Keep the party limited to one area
If guests wander throughout your house, the mess will travel right along with them. You may end up cleaning cups, plates, spills, and mud from every room.
5. Prep for the party
Set coasters out, put away anything that’s sentimental or hard to clean, and put the trash bin in a visible spot so guests can throw their own garbage away.
6. Enlist your spouse and kids to help tidy up during the party
Your family doesn’t need to be cleaning while everyone else is enjoying themselves, but if you all agree to pick up garbage and wipe up spills as you see them, there will be less to clean up once the guests have left.
Of course, it’s impossible to avoid all messes, so when drips and splashes happen, use Persil laundry detergent to save your favorite clothes. Persil laundry detergent removes tough stains for an exceptional clean, while also fighting odors and keeping colors bright. Treat anticipated stains immediately by pouring enough detergent on to cover the stain itself. Rub the detergent into the stain and let it sit for 5 minutes. Wash in the warmest water safe for the garment (Be sure to check your tags.) with a dose of Persil laundry detergent. Check the results before throwing the clothes into the dryer. (Always test for colorfastness before pretreating. Test the detergent on a hidden part of the fabric for color fastness.) Save now with iBotta.
With a little preparation ahead of time, game day messes during your football-themed party will be minimal, and you’ll be able to tackle any unavoidable ones with no trouble at all.
How do you keep game day messes under control?
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Carmen Sognonvi is a luxury family travel content creator at Top Flight Family, named a top 10 family travel Instagram account by Time Out New York and Brit + Co. Her insights on travel have been featured in The Washington Post, INSIDER, Huffington Post, Wanderlust Travel Magazine, TravelPulse, HOTELS Magazine, and more. Carmen firmly believes that you can (and should) travel with your kids from a young age. She offers families practical solutions for travel, as well as tips on how to travel in luxury for less. She lives in New York City with her multiracial and multicultural family of four. Follow her on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
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