Canadians love to entertain and host dinner parties. To help create magical evenings, Food Network Chef Michael Smith teamed up with Cascade Platinum to share tips on how to make your dinner party sparkle, while cutting down your clean up time! Want your dinner party to sparkle? Follow these tips from Chef Michael Smith when hosting your next dinner party, and I can assure you that your guests will be blown away:

  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!

But you don’t have to host a party to have a Sparkling Clean dinner. Sitting down to family dinner is a special occasion in itself as it brings people together. Why not give your family an extra special night by putting Michael’s tips to action?

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Giveaway!

We want your next dinner party to be #SparklingClean, so we’re giving you a chance to win a Cascade Platinum Prize Pack (incl. 3 tubs) (ARV $57).

Learn more!

For more tips and recipes from Chef Michael Smith and Cascade Platinum, visit The Food Network

Personally, I cannot wait to try this Bacon Potato Casserole and Sunny Southwestern Salad. How about you? What exclusive recipe from Chef Michael Smith would you like to try?

Giveaway Terms & Conditions:  This giveaway is open to Canadian residents only (excluding Quebec), and runs until 11:59PM EST on July 12, 2015. P&G has only provided me with the product that I am using as the prizes for this contest. The contest is not otherwise endorsed, designed and/or administered by or associated with P&G.By entering the following contest you are accepting that, if you win, your contact information will be shared with a P&G PR and shipping agency for the purpose of mailing your prize.  Please allow 4-6 weeks from the contest closure date to receive your prize. This giveaway may appear on other blogs as part of the #PGmom/#mamanPG program.  However, to be fair, you can only win once per giveaway.  If your name is chosen more than once, another winner will be selected. All winners must be from within Canada.

Disclosure: I am a P&Gmom/mamanP&G. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events and opportunities. The opinions on this blog are my own.

79 Comments on 8 Tips on How to Make Your Next Dinner Party Sparkle

  1. Athena
    June 15, 2015 at 8:13 pm (2 years ago)

    Greek Chicken

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  2. Wendy Graham
    June 15, 2015 at 8:17 pm (2 years ago)

    I have a crowd who would love the Bacon Potato Casserole.

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  3. Jenny
    June 15, 2015 at 8:40 pm (2 years ago)

    Bacon Potato Casserole

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  4. Judy Cowan
    June 15, 2015 at 9:25 pm (2 years ago)

    I would love to try Michael’s Pizza Soup!

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  5. lori
    June 15, 2015 at 10:00 pm (2 years ago)

    i would like to try the green stew, looks interesting

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  6. Jeannie
    June 15, 2015 at 11:18 pm (2 years ago)

    I would like to try the Bacon Potato Casserole

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  7. Tara
    June 15, 2015 at 11:24 pm (2 years ago)

    Greek Chicken!

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  8. l p
    June 15, 2015 at 11:38 pm (2 years ago)

    Greek Chicken – AND I want Michael Smith to come and make it with me. thanks.

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  9. maria
    June 16, 2015 at 1:39 am (2 years ago)

    the pizza soup sounds good

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  10. Kristine Ewald
    June 16, 2015 at 1:45 am (2 years ago)

    Greek chicken

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  11. sarah sar
    June 16, 2015 at 2:20 am (2 years ago)

    I’d love to make Herb Roast Tomatoes

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  12. Donnas
    June 16, 2015 at 7:32 am (2 years ago)

    I’d like to try the Pizza Soup.

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  13. Victoria Ess
    June 16, 2015 at 7:53 am (2 years ago)

    I’d try Herb Roast Tomatoes!

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  14. Soozle
    June 16, 2015 at 8:35 am (2 years ago)

    the Michael’s Pizza Soup sounds interesting

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  15. Maggie C
    June 16, 2015 at 9:55 am (2 years ago)

    Love to try the Herb Roast Tomatoes!

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  16. Carol M
    June 16, 2015 at 10:07 am (2 years ago)

    Greek chicken

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  17. Erika Belanger
    June 16, 2015 at 10:49 am (2 years ago)

    OMG I want to try Micheal’s Pizza Soup!!!

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  18. angela m
    June 16, 2015 at 10:52 am (2 years ago)

    I want to try the Bacon Potato Casserole

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  19. Wendy hutton
    June 16, 2015 at 12:26 pm (2 years ago)

    the Herb Roast Tomatoes would be great to serve

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  20. Stephanie LaPlante
    June 16, 2015 at 12:27 pm (2 years ago)

    I’d like to try Flaming Banana Splits

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  21. Florence C
    June 16, 2015 at 12:48 pm (2 years ago)

    The Bacon Potato Casserole sounds delicious.

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  22. Jodi Mitrovic
    June 16, 2015 at 1:12 pm (2 years ago)

    Chef Michael Smith’s Bacon Potato Casserole sounds delicious and with only 5 minutes of prep time it makes it simple! Thank you for a great prize pack! #SparklingClean

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  23. Doris Calvert
    June 16, 2015 at 1:26 pm (2 years ago)

    The Bacon Potato Casserole looks good

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  24. jan
    June 16, 2015 at 1:41 pm (2 years ago)

    Michael’s Pizza Soup? Sounds interesting.

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  25. Melinda L.
    June 16, 2015 at 1:46 pm (2 years ago)

    Bacon Potato Casserole. like hello bacon! can’t turn that down

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  26. Glogirl
    June 16, 2015 at 1:58 pm (2 years ago)

    I would like to try the Greek Chicken.

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  27. Juliee Fitze
    June 16, 2015 at 2:27 pm (2 years ago)

    Bacon Potato Casserole would be great for our dinner this weekend.

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  28. 409cope
    June 16, 2015 at 5:54 pm (2 years ago)

    I would love to try the Greek Chicken.

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  29. Silvia D
    June 16, 2015 at 9:05 pm (2 years ago)

    Would love to try the Michael’s Pizza Soup

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  30. Julia
    June 16, 2015 at 9:41 pm (2 years ago)

    I want to try the Greek Chicken recipe! Looks yummy!

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  31. Belinda McNabb
    June 16, 2015 at 11:38 pm (2 years ago)

    I would like to try the Potato Salad with Bacon Dressing recipe

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  32. Amy C
    June 17, 2015 at 3:13 am (2 years ago)

    I would like to try the Bacon Potato Casserole

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  33. Brenda Penton
    June 17, 2015 at 6:48 am (2 years ago)

    I’d love to make Michael’s Pizza Soup

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  34. charityk
    June 17, 2015 at 1:08 pm (2 years ago)

    Michael’s Pizza Soup sounds neat

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  35. kathy downey
    June 17, 2015 at 1:42 pm (2 years ago)

    love to make Michael’s Pizza Soup

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  36. Sunshine G
    June 17, 2015 at 2:48 pm (2 years ago)

    PIzza soup – yum!

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  37. Erika E
    June 17, 2015 at 8:39 pm (2 years ago)

    I’d like to try the Green Stew.

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  38. Tina L.
    June 18, 2015 at 1:54 am (2 years ago)

    I would like to try the Bacon Potato Casserole.

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  39. Jonnie
    June 18, 2015 at 2:07 am (2 years ago)

    Bacon Potato Casserole sounds so good!

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  40. Maria
    June 18, 2015 at 10:12 am (2 years ago)

    Bacon Potato Casserole , my family would love it ! Bacon is their favorite

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  41. Betty Spry
    June 18, 2015 at 5:35 pm (2 years ago)

    I would love to serve the Sunny Southwest Salad

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  42. Dayna Wilson
    June 18, 2015 at 6:27 pm (2 years ago)

    Herb Roast Tomatoes sounds tasty.

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  43. Jennifer P.
    June 18, 2015 at 10:45 pm (2 years ago)

    I would like to try the Bacon Potato Casserole, and then put Cascade to the test to clean up the baking dish because it looks like it could get messy!

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  44. heidi c.
    June 18, 2015 at 11:08 pm (2 years ago)

    My hubby would love the Bacon Potato Casserole!

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  45. Doris H
    June 18, 2015 at 11:29 pm (2 years ago)

    I would love to try the Bacon Potato Casserole.

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  46. Gillian Morgan
    June 19, 2015 at 4:52 pm (2 years ago)

    I would love to try the Michael’s Pizza Soup recipe.

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  47. Serge B
    June 19, 2015 at 9:19 pm (2 years ago)

    Flaming Banana Splits!

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  48. Andrew P
    June 21, 2015 at 7:00 pm (2 years ago)

    The Bacon Potato Casserole

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  49. Jolie
    June 21, 2015 at 11:04 pm (2 years ago)

    Would love to try this recipe.

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  50. naiddia p
    June 22, 2015 at 9:33 am (2 years ago)

    I would love to try Greek Chicken.

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  51. David
    June 22, 2015 at 1:34 pm (2 years ago)

    Bacon Potato Casserole

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  52. Jeanette Jackson
    June 22, 2015 at 7:40 pm (2 years ago)

    I’d like to try the Greek Chicken.

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  53. caryn s
    June 23, 2015 at 1:40 pm (2 years ago)

    I would love to make michael’s pizza soup.

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  54. Debbie W
    June 23, 2015 at 6:28 pm (2 years ago)

    Greek Chicken

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  55. Tracy D
    June 23, 2015 at 6:30 pm (2 years ago)

    I love Michael Smith on Chopped Canada. The Bacon potato casserole sounds yum!.

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  56. Rebby
    June 23, 2015 at 11:15 pm (2 years ago)

    I’d love the Herb Roast Tomatoes!

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  57. Tammy Dalley
    June 24, 2015 at 10:18 am (2 years ago)

    The Bacon Potato Casserole looks delicious!!

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  58. Debbie S.
    June 24, 2015 at 12:32 pm (2 years ago)

    Serving the Sunny Southwestern Salad sounds splendid!

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  59. Melinda
    June 25, 2015 at 12:19 am (2 years ago)

    Sunny Southwestern Salad would be a good dish for a party.

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  60. Amie
    June 25, 2015 at 12:46 am (2 years ago)

    I would love to try the Pizza soup ! Yum !

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  61. Jane Reid
    June 25, 2015 at 9:52 am (2 years ago)

    Would love to have a go at the herb Roasted Tomatoes they look fantastic!

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  62. Michelle Roy
    June 26, 2015 at 2:02 pm (2 years ago)

    I would try out the Herb Roasted Tomatoes!

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  63. Carole Dube
    June 26, 2015 at 9:11 pm (2 years ago)

    I would like to try the Sunny Southwestern Salad

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  64. Lori Bazan
    June 28, 2015 at 2:46 pm (2 years ago)

    I would for sure try the Bacon Potato Casserole!

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  65. SweetPanda
    June 29, 2015 at 7:06 am (2 years ago)

    I would like to try the Bacon Potato Casserole

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  66. Julie Bolduc
    June 29, 2015 at 9:44 am (2 years ago)

    The Flaming Banana Splits sounds yummy I might make this for a treat tonight

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  67. leanne
    June 29, 2015 at 4:42 pm (2 years ago)

    I would try the Flaming Banana Splits

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  68. Erika Letson
    July 1, 2015 at 12:33 am (2 years ago)

    I would love to try Greek Chicken! Sounds delicious!

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  69. Amber Y
    July 4, 2015 at 2:47 am (2 years ago)

    I’d love to give the recipe for Flaming Banana Splits a go at my next #SparklingClean dinner party. I love having dinner parties, they’re so much fun!

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  70. Kelley Moore
    July 5, 2015 at 2:00 am (2 years ago)

    Bacon Potato Casserole

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  71. Nicole B
    July 5, 2015 at 4:37 pm (2 years ago)

    The green stew! I love veggies and this sounds so great!

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  72. Julie R.
    July 5, 2015 at 10:04 pm (2 years ago)

    I’d like to try the bacon potato casserole! Looks good 🙂

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  73. nicolthepickle
    July 6, 2015 at 11:24 am (2 years ago)

    The Herb roasted potatoes. I know my mom would love them.

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  74. KellyPC
    July 6, 2015 at 9:28 pm (2 years ago)

    The greek chicken sounds awesome

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  75. tanyab79
    July 7, 2015 at 9:56 am (2 years ago)

    BBQ’d Pulled Pork Sandwiches

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  76. Sarah Alexis
    July 8, 2015 at 10:03 pm (2 years ago)

    Herb Roasted Tomatoes would go so nicely with my fav chicken dish

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  77. Tanis
    July 10, 2015 at 12:00 am (2 years ago)

    The Pizza Soup sounds delicious!

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  78. Heather S
    July 10, 2015 at 9:38 pm (2 years ago)

    Michael’s pizza soup

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