Having family and friends over for a big party or a social event like Christmas can be stressful enough. You need to make sure that there is room for everyone whether that is places to sleep or eve just seats around the table, not to mention food and drink! The last thing you need is for something to go wrong. Here is a quick guide to common problems you might encounter so you can be prepared no matter what.
Not Enough Toilet Paper
It sounds simple enough, but it can be incredibly embarrassing to run out of toilet paper when you have many people over. It can put your guests in an awkward position and you can be stuck if the shops are shut. When you are shopping and preparing your event, just add some extra toilet roll to your trolley. Split it up between your bathrooms so you can be certain that no-one will run out.
Dishwasher Breaking Down
Feeding a lot of mouths? Lots of people means lots of plates. Even if you use paper plates, there is still going to be a chance that you will have to wash up something and that means you cannot risk your dishwasher breaking.
Perform a few tests in the run-up to make sure that everything is working as it should. Dishwasher door not working? This is a common fault which is easy to fix. Get it dealt with as soon as possible to minimise the disruption to your clear up.
Fridge Won’t Stay Cold
You need to make sure that your fridge is staying cold so you can protect all the food you will be serving to your guests. A warm fridge is not going to keep anything cold and you can severely risk a bad case of food poisoning for you and your guests.
Before your event, give the fridge a really good clean. If the drain or the fan is dirty and jammed, this might be a key reason why the fridge is not cold enough. It also means that you can be certain that you will have a nice clean fridge without any bacteria.
Whether they are inside or outside lights, you don’t want a bulb to go and plunge everyone into darkness. The night before everyone arrives, switch on all your lamps and do a circuit to make sure that no bulbs look like they might go out. Tiny flickers or dim lights might be a key sign that things are about to fail. Bulbs are not expensive and they are easy to replace. Don’t take the risk; it will be much easier to replace bulbs beforehand than to muck around when everything is in full swing.
No matter where you live, there is always a chance someone will get lost on the way to you. If you have an event page on social media, put clear directions to your home so everyone will know where you are. You should also keep your phone close by you until everyone has arrived. This means that everyone will be able to get in touch with you if they need a little extra help finding you.
These are just five things which could go wrong when you are planning an event. Try to think of everything which could go wrong and make a plan of action to counter each of them. The more proactive you can be, the more of a success you are likely to have. Before you know it, your event will have gone off without a hitch! Start making a pre-party plan now.