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Party Preppin’ With The Bissell Crosswave

Eva Amurri Martino prepares for a holiday party in her kitchen with a tray of drinks and the bissell crosswave cleaning system

This time of year, Entertaining is at its peak (Yay! My Fave!) but so are about thirty thousand pairs of shoes trekking through your home, cookie crumbs galore, and Tipsy Uncle Alfie spilling his eggnog all over your floor. Today I’m sharing my tips and tricks for whipping your house in to shape to host a simple get together OR a raging party, featuring my new favorite hostess trick– the Bissell CrossWave cleaning system! The Crosswave is simply fantastic. It’s a dual function floor cleaner that allows you to vacuum up every last crumb AND wash your floors at the same time. Yes, I am talking hardwood and area rugs. The “wet” part utilizes a cleaning solution that is safe for almost all floor surfaces! Genius. All you do is touch one button to switch over to the other function, making cleanup a total breeze. I’ve owned quite a few vacuum cleaners in my day, and this one takes the cake. The Crosswave is even lightweight enough for me to hold my enormous toddler in one arm and clean up with the other– probably shouldn’t make a habit of it but it does work! Ha! Speaking of Toddlers, the Crosswave cleaning system is also totally boss at tackling the apocalyptic aftermath of the daily Toddler struggle. I am no longer on my hands and knees under the kitchen table, collecting noodles and scrubbing at 9pm after Spaghetti And Meatball Night– the Crosswave can take care of all of that super easily. And for me personally, that is a big deal. But back to Party Talk…

Eva Amurri martino uses the Bissell Crosswave cleaning system to prep her home for holiday parties

Eva Amurri martino uses the Bissell Crosswave cleaning system to prep her home for holiday parties

Eva Amurri martino uses the Bissell Crosswave cleaning system to prep her home for holiday parties

Eva Amurri Martino vacuums in her kitchen wearing a plain flannel shirt and blue jeans

I love entertaining, and I especially love it during the Holiday season! There is nothing better than a really fun and festive Holiday party, and I’ve been known to have quite a few each year! I also love throwing together impromptu cocktail parties during the Holidays– it’s so nice to light a fire, put some great music on, and share some yummy drinks and lots of laughs with old or new friends. It totally makes me feel like a real grown up human! Ha! Of course now that I have children, the prep time for these kinds of things is WAY less, and the mess and chaos that has to be swept under the rug in a jiffy is exponentially greater. But I don’t want a little cleaning to get in the way of having a fun time (lame!), so I’ve found some great ways to get my house “company-ready” really quickly. The cherry on top, of course, is finally having the Bissell Crosswave cleaning system in my party arsenal. Especially to tackle those post-party floors…YIKES!

Eva Amurri Martino prepares her home for a holiday party using the bissell crosswave cleaning systemEva Amurri martino uses the Bissell Crosswave cleaning system to prep her home for holiday parties

Eva Amurri Martino of lifestyle and motherhood blog Happily Eva After holds her toddler daughter Marlowe in her arms while she vacuums her home and prepares for holiday parties

Eva Amurri Martino of lifestyle and motherhood blog Happily Eva After holds her toddler daughter Marlowe in her arms while she vacuums her home and prepares for holiday parties

Tips For Whipping The House In To Shape Quickly

  •  Enlist the kids to help put all the toys away! Having pretty baskets, or a toy-storage system on the ready really helps with this, and makes the task more manageable.
  • Clear your tables and countertops. De-cluttering these areas immediately makes your space seem more pulled together. Stash it all on a closet shelf where your papers and mail won’t get lost or misplaced during the party!
  • Use your Bissell Crosswave to vacuum and clean your floors. Your home will shine!
  • Dim the lights a bit to create an ambient glow, light a nice scented candle, and even a fireplace if you have one!
  • Choose fun, crowd-pleasing music– but make sure the volume is low enough to be able to talk over it easily. Music from the Motown era is always a great choice for parties!
  • Set out a tray with some pretty glasses, a festive tea towel, and a beautiful bottle of wine or pitcher of cocktails
  •  No TV! Turn the television off– there is nothing more tacky in my book that the TV blaring during a party…unless it’s a Superbowl party!

Eva Amurri Martino arranges Holiday florals as she prepares her home for a party

Eva Amurri Martino of lifestyle and motherhood blog Happily Eva After holds a tray of cocktails as she prepares her home for a Holiday party

Eva Amurri Martino of lifestyle and motherhood blog Happily Eva After holds a tray of cocktails as she prepares her home for a Holiday party

I hope you have a warm and joyful Holiday season, filled with lots of laughs and quality time with the ones you love! And clean floors of course…very very clean floors…Do you have any great party-prep tricks? Make sure to share them with us in the Comments below!

* Photos by Stephanie Elliott Photography

**Many thanks to Bissell for sponsoring this post! As always, the thoughts and opinions expressed above are entirely my own.

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  1. Sue says:

    HAPPY HOLIDAYS MARTINO FAMILY! Eva, Kyle, Lowie and Baby Boy Major…wishing you all the happiest, healthiest, fun, love and purple kitten filled Holidays! Thanks for sharing your lovely family, exquisite party planning, executing and surviving tricks. Safe travels to South Carolina! Love to all! You are ROCKIN at being a mom of 2! Auntie Sue

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  2. Sarah says:

    Great tips! I’m headed home to wash my floors on my hands and knees shortly for our party Friday.
    Can you tell me about the photo above your mantle? I’m curious.
    Also, love your arrangement up there.
    -Sarah

    12.14.16Reply
    • Oh no! I know the feeling, I’ve been there many times haha.

      So that photo is by a german photographer– my Mom gave it to me for Christmas about seven years ago. She is an unknown woman. I just love it!

      xoxo
      EAM

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  3. Kimbra says:

    I just read your newsletter and appreciate your candid explanation concerning partnerships and branding. I’ve been enjoying your blog and snapchats and I personally appreciate a geniune recommendation of a great product! I actually just bought and used the Bissel Crossover after reading this post, ha! I have 3 kids and a dog in a house with lots of tile, hardwood and area rugs; it is a game changer! Just thought I would pass along my gratitude for Happilyevaafter!

    12.16.16Reply
    • Thanks, Kimbra! So glad you love the vacuum too. It was a total game changer for us as well! Happy Holidays!

      xx

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  4. Sherry says:

    Eva, that floral centerpiece is so pretty and I will certainly make one up for my home. Now, about that Bissell Crosswave. I jumped over to YouTube to learn more and I am now waiting for mine to ship from Target. I wouldn’t have known about this gadget if you hadn’t brought it to your blog. As it turns out, it is EXACTLY what this Utah mom needs to quickly clean my salty, muddy, wet tile floors and entryway rug.

    12.20.16Reply
    • Yay! So glad to hear that Sherry! It’s really one of my favorite discoveries of 2016– so convenient and awesome! Hope you’re loving yours too! xo

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