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How to Prevent Football Party Messes

The NFL playoffs are here and it’s never too early to start planning the back end of the party, because the fun will be over before you know it and no one wants to be left holding the (trash) bag. Any event planner will tell you that it’s important to have an exit strategy, and this goes double for occasions that present an opportunity for catastrophic disappointment unrelated to the success of the party. No one likes to clean, but having to clean after your team loses is Merriam Webster’s actual definition of despair. So, bet heavy on being prepared by taking these party disaster-prep tips: <strong>1. Deploy some real trash bins.</strong> That cute little 5-gallon “waste receptacle” under the sink isn't going to cut it on Game Day. It’s too small, it’s poorly located and it will leave you exposed to untold amounts of extra cleanup. Invest in some proper <a title="Trash Bins" href="http://www.atgstores.com/trash-cans_1413.html" target="_blank">trashcans</a> and put them in places that are easy to access without being too conspicuous. By halftime nobody will care, whereupon you can relocate them to the living room and spare the carpet from a repeat of “The Queso Incident of ’04.” <strong>2. Do NOT post the “house rules.”</strong> You ever slap a bear on the nose? Of course you haven’t and now isn’t the time to start. Be comforted by the fact that if you have people coming over who might need this kind of notification your ship has already sunk and you may as well enjoy the ride down. <strong>3. Get generous with paper towels and napkins. </strong> Let’s skip the PC malarkey and get real for a second: Sports fans are animals. Airing a playoff game (much less the Super Bowl) is the same as opening the cages at the zoo – in your living room. Etiquette and decorum are replaced with the sneaking suspicion that every plate of chicken wings is the <em>last</em> plate of chicken wings. Don’t give ‘em a chance to wipe their paws all over your furniture and keep the hand cleaners handy. <strong>3. Invest in fabric, carpet and upholstery protector.</strong> People spill things. That’s the law of the land even when it’s not football season. The difference between Game Day and every other day, though, is the amount of effort exerted to <em>not</em> spill things. Today it’s an accident, but on Game Day it will be collateral damage. Mitigate that damage by coating everything in a chemical force field that will make your life so much better. <strong>5. Play the zone.</strong> At least in the beginning, it’s good to have an organization plan that will keep people moving in the same directions and you can manipulate the flow of traffic with the effective placement of goodies. For example, if you’ve got a tiny kitchen or one with only one port of entry then you may be better off putting the nibbles in the common area. Use <a title="Coolers" href="http://www.atgstores.com/outdoor-coolers_912.html?page=1" target="_blank">coolers</a> to relocate beverages, and don’t be afraid to move your television and/or seating to create a throughway so people don’t get bottlenecked on their way between the food, the bathroom and the viewing area. <a title="ATG Stores Homepage" href="http://www.atgstores.com/default.aspx" target="_blank">ATGStores.com</a> hopes these ideas help you dodge a postgame meltdown during the wrap-up of this year’s football season.
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