The holidays are just around the corner, and that means plenty of parties to plan and attend in the White Bear Lake, St. Paul and Minneapolis area! It can all feel a little overwhelming when you welcome a large group of people into your home. How do you ensure that you can relax and enjoy yourself without worrying about things like drink spills, muddy shoes and unsatisfied guests? Here are a few tips from the team at Floor Coverings International White Bear Lake to help ensure that your house stays clean and your spirits high during every get-together!
Shoes Off, Or Rugs On
If you’re having a more casual party with close friends and feel comfortable with it, ask your guests to leave their shoes at the door. During the winter, it’s easy for dirt and moisture to get tracked in, especially when large numbers of feet come padding across your doorway. This can damage a wide range of flooring styles, including hardwood, tile and carpet. You can eliminate this worry by asking guests to remove their shoes. If you’re hosting a more formal party and don’t want to make this request, invest in a few washable rugs that you can use in high-traffic areas. Be sure to put rug mats underneath so no one slips.
Stock Up on Your White Wine
Wine is a popular beverage at most dinner parties. You may be worried about serving red wine – envisioning it splattering on the carpets at some point during the evening’s festivities. Rather than stress about what might happen, be prepared for anything. Red wine is surprisingly easy to clean off of most carpets if you have the right cleaning materials. The first important item: white wine. It may seem counter-intuitive to add more alcohol to the spill, but trust us. The white wine helps to neutralize the red and makes it easier for the stain to come off of your carpet. Be sure to blot as you clean, scrubbing will only push the stain deeper and spread it further across your carpet.
Plan Ahead & Ask For Help
One of the biggest stresses for party hosts is the food. Eliminate this worry by choosing a menu that’s easy to cook ahead. Appetizers like cheese and cold dips can be stored in the fridge until the proper time. Hearty soups and lasagnas will stay warm and ready for dinnertime from their spot on the stove or in the oven. You can also eliminate this stress by asking guest’s to bring a dish. This turns the meal into a more communal affair, and takes the planning stress off of your shoulders.
We hope these tips from Floor Coverings International White Bear Lake will help make your next party go smoothly. Here’s to a fun and stress-free holiday season here in the White Bear Lake, St. Paul and Minneapolis area!
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