Quick Tips for Hassle-free Cinco de Mayo Party Clean-up

Have the tacos, nachos, and agua fresca ready? That’s not all you need for an awesome Cinco de Mayo party. Do a little extra preparation so you can have an easier time with the inevitable after-party event: clean-up. Keep these quick tips in mind as you prep your house for this year’s Cinco de Mayo party.

  • Serve only grab-as-you-go foods. While you might be tempted to go all out and offer a create-your-own nachos station or a taco bar, these might make cleanup more difficult. You’re better off sticking to bite-sized finger food, like mini tacos, sliced quesadillas, and chicken fajita skewers. Avoid serving dishes with a lot of sauces and dips to minimize spills.
  • Disposable plates, cups, and flatware are your best friends. There’s no need to spend more time than necessary loading and unloading your dishwasher; chuck everything disposable into a trash bag at the end of the party. Just make sure you’re using biodegradable plates and flatware. You can also find many options for recyclable plastic glassware at your local supermarket.
  • Have an outdoor bar. If you’ve got some room in the backyard, why not put the bar outside and let your guests enjoy a beautiful spring night? By putting your bar outside, you can also minimize hard-to-clean spills and stains on your floors, carpets, and rugs. Place a trash bin somewhere near the bar so your guests can easily dispose of their cups and napkins.
  • Place trash bins and recycling bins near the buffet and the bar. Minimize clean-up by placing trash bins or pails in areas where disposables will be used, like the bar or the buffet. If you’re going to be using china, you can also place an empty tray that guests can use for their dirty dishes. This way, your guests can neatly dispose of their trash and you can avoid going around your house hunting for dirty plates, cups, and cutlery.
  • Get a head start on clean-up by cleaning the house before the party. Tidy up the kitchen before the party actually starts, so you’ll get half the cleaning done. Gather and take out the trash, fill your trash cans with fresh liners and newspaper for soaking up grease and liquids, and wash the pots and pans you used for cooking. This helps reduce the cleaning up you have to do after the party.

Post-party clean-up doesn’t have to be a headache. Check out our selection of household paper products at MassGenie and our other home improvement tips and kitchen ideas!