How to Make Your Dinner Party Sparkle
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Let’s talk dinner parties. I enjoy both attending and hosting dinner parties. Hosting is definitely more work, but it pays off when you see happy, well-fed guests raving over how delicious the meal was. I like to create a plan ahead of time so I’m not rushed the day of the party. There’s nothing worse than preparing dinner and realizing you ran out of a crucial ingredient. Oops!
As for cleaning up, it is an extra effort. I don’t mind it though. I clean as I go to lessen the mess and then quickly get down to work when the meal is done.
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Food Network Chef, Michael Smith, has teamed up with Cascade Platinum, to share tips on how to make your dinner party sparkle. These are good tips with many that I already do.
1. Spend time to save time. Prep as much as you can in advance – from food to your table. Smart preparation will allow you to spend more time with your guests.
2. Make your guests feel special. Thoughtful details tell your guests they are special. Set the mood with music, place cards, flowers and sparkling dishes and glasses. I use Cascade Platinum in every cycle to make sure everything is ready for a big event.
3. Start with a bang! Do something collectively right away. A group activity subtly reminds everyone “We’re in this together!”
4. Give your guests something fun to do. At some point, engage your guests in an interactive activity, something hands on, that’s not work.
5. Clean as you go. Get the mess out of the way, and load the dishwasher as you prepare dinner. With Cascade Platinum, you don’t need to worry about pre-rinsing – it will clean stuck-on food in one wash.
6. Share the work. Many hands make light work. After the main meal and before dessert, encourage everybody to pitch in with clean up.
7. Grand finale. End the evening with something spectacular, something memorable, or my favourite—something flammable!
Check out Food Network for more tips and recipes from Chef Michael Smith and Cascade Platinum.
Having a dishwasher definitely cuts down on the time you spend in the kitchen cleaning. Cascade Platinum makes it easy to get those dirty dishes sparkling clean without barely lifting a finger. My mom is so used to pre-rinsing dishes before putting them into the dishwasher. I had to almost pry the plate from her hands and tell her to not worry about it because I was using Cascade Platinum.
Do you have any dinner party tips to share?