This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SpringIntoClean #CollectiveBiasOur weather is pretty stinking awesome in California. But just because we have a lot of sun doesn’t mean that we keep our outdoor areas kept up year round. Last weekend, on a gorgeous sunny Sunday afternoon, I wanted to be outside with a glass of wine and a magazine. But I realized quickly that my backyard was in no shape to be hosting visitors. With BBQ season fast approaching, I decided to put together a Spring Entertaining Checklist which will help you get your home in order so you can invite people over whenever you want to. Spring parties don’t have to be over the top or stressful. Here is what you need to make sure you are the hostess with the mostess.
I love to have people over to hang out as often as I can. And while sometimes there is more planning that goes in to it than others, there are a few tricks I have to keep things easy. People like snacks. You can have a major food catastrophe or sucky menu but as long as there are snacks, people enjoy themselves. I like to go with things that are easy to keep on hand, like pretzels, and things that are nostalgic, like these chocolate candies. The guests can nibble on them easily, they last for a long time in your pantry and require only a few cute bowls to serve them in. Simple and tasty.
While I may have hosted a few events over the holidays or during other times of the year, it seems like spring parties happen way more often. I try to make it easy on my self by pulling the items that I know I will use a lot, like appetizer plates and making them easy to access. I never want my parties to look exactly the same, but some of the basics were made to use over and over like stemless glassware and small plates. Especially for BBQs or parties where you will be outside, I make sure to have trays ready. When you are bringing out drinks or bringing in dirty dishes, a tray keeps it efficient. They also can make a lumpy couch cushion a sturdy place to set a drink for your guests. I have quite the collection of trays happening. Trays can be super inexpensive and really colorful which is the perfect way to easily add some color to your party. Now is also the perfect time to make sure that your glasses and dishes are clean and looking good. I’m sure I’m not the only one whose glassware looks terrible from the hard water and inefficiency of my dishwasher. I use a Finish Jet-Dry Rinse Aid to help me get my glassware spotless. And I don’t have to do any extra work which is my favorite. No extra elbow grease needed (well, until you start prepping your yard…). Finish has tons of great products to keep your plates and glasses looking great. The Drying Aid is perfect for getting drier dishes (I HATE when I go to put the clean dishes away and end up flinging water all over my kitchen!) and the Detergent Booster helps to remove tough stains. Plus their Machine Cleaner cleans your dishwasher which it totally needs from time to time. I use Finish Max in One to help me with party clean up too! The dishes are perfectly cleaned, every time and ready for the next shindig.
When I’m out shopping, I always keep my eyes out for fun, bright napkins and cool straws. They are easy to keep on hand and make a casual get together seem more thought out. I used an empty jelly jar to hold the straws and set out the napkins for the guests to grab as needed. These items are usually inexpensive (this is not where you want to break the bank – save extra money for the alcohol!) and also make great hostess gift ideas! Spring parties should always have fresh flowers. Flowers are colorful and plentiful this time of year. You can pick some up at your local farmer’s market or find deals at your local store. As you can see from the above, I have no idea how to create a flower arrangement. Luckily, a pretty vase means you don’t have to worry about it too much. A non-glass vase is perfect for bringing outside to your seating area or dinner table. Just be sure you aren’t buying flowers that are too fragrant. Yes, that’s a thing. Lilies can clear a room with their overpowering scent and you don’t want to mask the flavors of the food you are cooking.
I created this spring entertaining checklist, for you to download, to help you get spring party ready. There is a section with quick tips on how to get your outdoor entertaining area in tip-top shape, (hint: Lysol All Purpose Cleaner is your best friend!) Plus how to get your pantry and serving pieces ready and things to spot check around the house. The other side is a space for your party grocery list so that you can hit Target and not forget anything! Target is the best for your party prep shopping because you can get all your grocery items plus you can pick up anything else you might need like hand towels for your guest bathroom or citronella candles for your patio. Don’t forget to stock up on your cleaning essentials so that you always have the things you need to make sure your house is guest ready. I use the Lysol All Purpose Cleaner for just about everything! It’s perfect for detailing your outdoor patio furniture plus it cleans up any kitchen messes, easily. Lysol kills 99.9% of viruses and bacteria which is awesome. Their toilet bowl cleaner is my favorite and I always make sure I clean the bathroom right before the guests arrive. With two little boys, well, I’m sure you can imagine what my bathroom can look like…I trust Lysol with all my cleaning needs – in and out of the bowl.
For your convenience…Head to the household products and cleaning supplies area of your local Target store to find these great products. Right now there is a great offer on Lysol products, buy 3 get 1 free (offer valid 3/27 – 5/4/16). Plus Target Cartwheel has 10% off Lysol, Air Wick and Finish Products!
Make sure to include Lysol and Finish products on your shopping list! With these simple tips, you’ll be ready to throw tons of spring parties in no time! Download the spring entertaining checklist here! For more great tutorials on how to #SpringIntoClean check out this site!