How Do You Party-Proof Your Home?

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With the chilly season upon us, it's time to move the party indoors. And while we all love a good gathering, the thought of mingling red wine, white sofas, and lots of laughter doesn't always bring out our chill sides. What are your tips for throwing good indoor soiree and avoiding a panic attack? Here are a few tips we've gathered along the way...

Put breakables out of danger zones. A party is no fun if you're worrying about someone sitting in your rickety heirloom chair— don't they know that it's just to look at?!— or knocking a precariously placed treasure off the console. I like to fancy myself fairly detached from my possessions and we have very few fragile or precious pieces in our home, but this advice has served me well.
Break out the slipcovers. This isn't always appropriate or necessary, but for large gatherings where you're expecting food and drink to be consumed in all rooms, draping fabric over certain favorite stain prone pieces can help save you a few .
Have napkins on hand and make sure your guests know where to find them. A no-brainer tip for sure, but one that I've managed not to follow while throwing our last few parties. We don't normally use paper napkins at home, so I often forget to buy them when we have bunch of guests. However, after I spied an embarrassed little guest brushing loose crumbs onto the arm of our sofa, I thought I better make a note of this one.
Stock up on spill cleaners and put them in an accessible place. I have a friend who always adds seltzer (for red wine spills) and shout wipes to her party grocery list and keeps them in a basket on her living room bookshelf so she can whip them out subtly without having to run off on a frantic search or make a big scene if a guest spills something that requires a quick clean-up.

What tips make your home and parties worry-free?

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