As fun and fulfilling as children’s birthday parties can be, nothing makes us crankier than the aftermath. There’s the birthday kid whom we wonder if he will ever sleep after all that stimuli, the return of rented tables and chairs, and the dreaded clean-up.
When you’re faced with a huge mess, the small things that need your attention can be the most irritating. So we offer solutions to some of the after-party problems that stump you and make you feel you've at least accomplished seven of your long to-do list.
1 Remove glitter from clothes When the "pixie dust" (a.k.a glitter) settles, it’s on…everything. One of the quickest and safest ways to get rid of them is to use a lint remover or a wide masking tape. If that doesn’t cut it, spray the sparkle-ridden clothing with--tada!--aerosol hairspray. Let it dry and wash (don’t wash with other clothes or else). Learn more from Instyle on ho to get rid how to remove from face and hair.
2 Decide on what party food to keep Two hours is the lifespan rule for most meats and prepared foods with eggs or cheese. In this heat, it can even be shorter. It depends on how it was cooked, where it was placed after it was cooked, and how long it has been on the buffet table.
3 Rid the upholstery of ketchup or spaghetti sauce stains Sponge the stained area with with cool water. Mix one tablespoon of liquid hand dishwashing detergent with two cups of cool water. Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the detergent solution. Blot until the liquid is absorbed. Keep sponging and blotting until the stain disappears. Sponge with cold water and blot dry. Get more stain tips from Good Housekeeping.
4 Clean up face paint It pays to ask whether the face paint is water or oil-based. If it’s water-based, water and soap will usually work. If it’s oil-based, you may need to use baby wipes first, and if there is still stubborn paint, try an oil-based cleanser like coconut, jojoba or baby oil. Pour a few drops on cotton and wipe face. Go to WonderHowTo for great tips on removing heavy makeup.
5 Reuse wrapping paper from birthday gifts Keep them to to wash windows! After wetting your windows with a mix of vinegar and water, wipe them dry using crumpled gift wrap for streak free shine. You can use the scraps to make crushed paper for shipping fragile items. You can also use to prettify magnets and clothespins the way the blog Moms Have Questions Too did.
6 Whip up new recipes with leftover cake First, spread goodwill and share. Put it food containers and bring to the office--it will all be wiped out in five minutes. You can also make it into a pudding, ice cream topping (just crumble), trifle or even cake pops. Cake Spy’s Jesse Oleson Moore came up with at least 30 more suggestions for leftover cake, a result of her bring-your-own-cake party.
7 Do away with loot bags Most loot bags either have sweets (we don't want the kids to have more) or toys that will be forgotten and become clutter. So take your cue from blogger Emma Rohmann who wrote on her daughter's birthday invitation:
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"Please, absolutely, positively, under no circumstances should you bring a gift. We really mean it. C doesn’t want anything but to play with her friends. We won’t be handing out loot bags, so we’ll be even :)"