December 20, 2012 04:00 ET

HomeServe's Six Top Tips to Successful Entertaining Over the Christmas Period

WALSALL, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Dec. 20, 2012) - We all know that cooking a family Christmas dinner and entertaining guests over Christmas can involve a lot of stress, mess and hassle. Thankfully, HomeServe have put together some useful tips to help make sure your festive gatherings all go to plan.

How to stay tidy when peeling vegetables

The perfect Christmas dinner with all the trimmings generally involves a lot of vegetable peeling. This can create a bit of a mess in the kitchen, with the skin getting stuck in the sink and falling on the floor. To help prevent this, peel your vegetables over a colander in the sink to catch the peel. You can then lift them straight out with no mess.

Easier washing up

Nobody likes to clean roasting pots after a Christmas dinner. To make the job much easier, fill the pan with water and place a fabric softener sheet in the water. Allow the pan to soak overnight. The food should wipe right out the next day - and you'll have the perfect excuse to put off the washing up until Boxing Day!

Keep your bin smelling fresh

To get rid of any odours that may come from your peelings or turkey carcasses, sprinkle a quarter of a cup each of borax (a natural mineral found in the laundry aisle) and bicarbonate of soda into the bottom of the empty bin.

How to clean up broken glass

At a crowded house, it's never a surprise when a glass or two gets broken. To avoid guests hurting themselves, here's a simple way to pick up fragments of glass - use a slice of bread. The shards will stick to the bread, while keeping your guests' feet completely safe.

Burnt your tongue?

During the Christmas dinner your guests may get a little enthusiastic about the tasty plates of food in front of them - particularly if you've gone to the length of flaming your Christmas pudding. A burnt tongue can be very uncomfortable, so try sprinkling a few grains of sugar on the sore spot to dull the pain. You should then be able to continue your Christmas feast in comfort!

How to remove red wine stains

To clear red wine stains from carpets, first sprinkle a generous amount of salt onto the stain area and leave to react and absorb the colour from the wine. Next, brush the salt off and add a biological detergent to warm water, then gently sponge the stained area. Sponge off with cold water until the stain has completely disappeared.

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