We all know that alcohol + dancing = spills. I've never managed a party without at least one. But no one likes a hovering hostess, so I've found the best way to avoid panic and deal with accidents is to have a simple toolkit handy to calmly and quickly deal with spills so everyone can get back to the party. Here's what's in my kit:
• Microfiber cloth (to blot liquid from a carpet)
• Soda water (to dilute a carpet stain before blotting)
• Spray bottle with 50:50 vinegar water (for any sticky surface)
That's it! I make sure I have these things close by so I can quickly dispatch a carpet spot or sticky countertop without much fuss. Speed counts, so address the spill right away, but remember to do it gracefully. Try to avoid adding to the embarrassment of the spiller, because we've all been there!