Start fresh and clean.
Is better to have a clean start before your guest arrive, that way you will only clean what is being used that night by them. If you prepared appetizers or something else, you should clean all pans and pots you used. Empty and prepare the trash cans with a piece of paper at the bottom for the grease and liquids.
Avoid messy foods
This is a golden rule when throwing parties. For your own good never serve a dish that can get quite messy. Serving small bite size appetizers will give the opportunity to your guests to eat while mingling. Foods such as sushi are great for this kind of occasions. Limit the options of sauces and it will be better if you can avoid them too.
To use plastic or not to use it, that is the question
You shouldn’t use your mom’s china and silverware whenever you plan to throw a wild or mild party. If you will have more than 15 or 20 guests think of using an eco-friendly disposable plates and plastic glassware that you could use in another time.
Remember, parties are meant to be fun and relaxing. No one wants to be told to look after the china over and over.
Make it easy to follow your lead.
If you decided to use disposable plates, place a trash can in a visible area for them to use it whenever they finished eating. If you have any decor such as pillows, rugs etc. something that is light colored and can easily get stained, put it away. Try to minimize the risks of an accident. Coasters are your friends.
Focus on the fun not the variety.
A better way to ensure there will be not that many stains or any at all is to avoid serving food and beverages that can create these problems. Limiting the options on beverages can help you keep everything stain free. Avoid using sticky mixers, red wine, and other stain making liquors.
Keep some cleaning tools and products nearby, you never know what will happen. No matter how much effort you put in order to avoid any misfortune, remember Murphy’s law “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong” so don’t expect things to be perfect. Wipes, clean cloths and other cleaning products will come in handy in the case of a misfortune.