My favorite feeling is at the end of a really great party where there is still good food around, the house is decorated and besides a few dirty dishes the house still feels really clean from the pre-party scour. I’ve also felt the opposite feeling, where I’m tired and there is Mount Kiliman-dishes piled high in my kitchen! Here are my basic tips for having a quick party clean up. (I’d love to hear what you do for a quick party clean up in the comments.)
1. Start with a Sparkly Clean House
This might seem a little obvious but it’s easier said than done. It takes some planning to prep the main dishes the day before so that the day of the party you’re starting with a clean kitchen. I even have one friend who schedules a cleaning lady to show up a few hours before her party starts so that everything is sparkly clean.
2. Rent Dishes
Most people don’t realize that renting out dishes is surprisingly affordable. Besides having enough “real” plates to serve your guests, the best part of renting dishes is you can return the dishes dirty. Seriously, you just drop them off, leftover-shrimp-tails-and-all and don’t have to lift a finger. Seems almost too good to be true.
3. Use Disposable Plates
Disposable plates used to automatically mean you were going for a casual vibe. But the last few years have brought a lot more dare-I-say “classy” options in the compostable/biodegradable plates and cups category. My favorites are Bambu Plates
and Susty Party
4. Keep the Waste Baskets in Sight
Right before a party starts I make a mental checklist of the basics: bathrooms, coats, garbage, and water to make sure I’m not forgetting anything crucial. By putting the waste baskets out your guests will know where to place their cocktail napkins etc and will cut down your clean up time. Help them, help you!
5. Send leftovers home with guests.
Have the tin foil ready or if you want to be really fancy keep these on hand
for special leftover boxes.
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