by guest blogger: Katherine
As your children grow up you may find yourself planning and hosting a number of parties. Although it’s easy to get carried away with planning for all the fun bits like treats and décor, it’s important to prepare for any potential mishaps as well. Unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect world, and accidents can happen. Knowing how to deal with spillages or scraped knees, and even how to unblock a toilet, will ensure that your party goes as perfectly as possible, even if you have to deal with the occasional hitch.
Five tips for dealing with spillages
Carpets at parties can be a recipe for disaster, especially if there are kids around. Someone will spill their drink or sauce on your carpet and you will have to deal with the mess. Here are five tips for doing so:
- Don’t Panic: The last thing you want as a host is to panic in front of the kids and parents in attendance.
- Have products ready to help clean-up: Surgical spririts, vinegar and detergent are all great at carpet stain removal when added to water.
- Vacuum up any solids.
- Use paper towels to soak up any liquids
- Don’t spread it about: Blotting from the outside in rather than rubbing it into a larger area of your carpet will stop you making things worse.
Three tips for preventing damage to your furniture
You may find that protecting any valuables or delicate furniture can save you a lot of grief if it gets damaged during a kid’s party. Here are three ways you can do so:
- Set boundaries. Decide which rooms people attending the party are allowed to enter and close off anywhere you don’t want them to go.
- Move things out. If you have precious ornaments or furniture you want to protect, consider moving it out to a room you know the party will not reach. Plus, by moving items of furniture you make more space for kids to enjoy the festivities!
- Invest in rugs and/or coverings. These will be your best friend when it comes to protecting your carpet, especially if a lot of people will be moving around your home.
Four tips for dealing with cuts and scrapes
It doesn’t matter how careful we are as parents, children like to play, and sometimes this means bumps, cuts and scrapes. Here are some ways you can prepare to deal with these:
- Keep a first aid kit handy. Make sure that you have plenty of antiseptic wipes, plasters and other essential first aid items close by.
- Make sure you wash your hands. The last thing you want someone to go home with from your party is an infection.
- Stop any bleeding first. For deeper cuts ensure you apply plenty of pressure to stop the bleeding before wrapping it up.
- Know when to go to the doctor. Any playtime injuries will most likely be minor, but sometimes we are met with the unfortunate fact of dealing with something more serious. Do not be afraid to call the child’s parents, or the doctor in this case.
Dealing with toilet problems
Kids’ parties will mean a whole lot of people using the toilet, and so you need to know how to deal with the potential aftermath.
- Make sure you monitor the toilet and check that it is being flushed.
- Remind the kids of the need to wash their hands, especially as they will be eating food at the party; that way germs won’t be spread around the party.
- Learn how to unblock a toilet just in case.
Now you have a number of top tips for dealing with party mishaps from knowing how to unblock a toilet to dealing with the cuts and scrapes kids as a result of playtime, hopefully the next party you plan will go off without a hitch.