Written by Liz Busch.
Whether it’s a party of 4 or 18 people, hosting dinner guests can be a massive undertaking.
We’ve compiled some tried-and-true dinner party hacks and clean-up tips to make your next gathering memorable and stress-free.
Where to Begin: Party Prep Tips
Before you set up your mise-en-place, get your brain – and kitchen – into prep mode.
1. Start with a Blank Slate
The night before any gathering, do the following:
- clear the counters
- gut the fridge for expired food
- take out the trash
- clean the sink
- empty the dishwasher.
The morning of any gathering, load up a cooler with ice and drinks. I also move my cleaning products to the floor of my pantry so it's easy to grab them (and so they don’t take up counter space).
2. Prep Whatever You Can in Advance
We've all been there: Guests are on their way and you've run out of something. Take the opportunity to slice and dice, organize your thoughts, and carefully read instructions ahead of time. Then bask in those extra five minutes before the doorbell rings.
3. Frequent Care Is Easy Care
To avoid clutter and build-up, put ingredients back as you use them. Address spills and splatters as they happen (our Multi-Surface Cleaner is absolutely ideal for kitchen messes). It’s all about offense, not defense.
4. Don't Make Complicated Recipes
Attempting new recipes under time constraints can spell disaster for your counter space and sanity. If you’ve never made a dish before, stick to simpler ones or choose fan favorites that you can prepare with your eyes closed.
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5. Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help
If you’re the one making all the food, ask a parent, partner, or friend to help you take care of the dishes. It’s the least they can do – especially when they’re taking home extra helpings of dessert. If they complain about their manicure, remind them that Puracy Dish Soap is super moisturizing (and that there are a pair of gloves under the sink).
Silver Cleaning Hacks
To clean real silverware, fill a basin in the sink with warm water and the slightest amount of dish soap. Let them soak for a few minutes, rinse by the handful, shake, then let them air dry.
Polishing Tarnished Silverware Naturally
Dealing with tarnished silver doesn’t require noxious silver polish (who wants to inhale that?). Line a large tub with tin foil, then add boiling water. For every liter of water, add 2 TBSP of baking soda. When you place the silverware inside, make sure that it touches the tin foil and doesn’t overlap.
After a few minutes, pull your silverware out of the hot water (using tongs) and polish using a microfiber cloth. For heavily tarnished silver, you may need to repeat the process a couple of times – but you won’t deal with any fumes!
Soak Pans & Dishes While You Eat
The typical go-to in our house is squirting a little Natural Dish Soap and hot water into your pots and pans. Let them soak, then place in the dishwasher after dinner (assuming they’re dishwasher safe, of course).
Pro Tip: When your oven is off and cool, you can let dirty pots and pans soak there until later. This gets them out of your way and makes your kitchen look cleaner.
The Easiest Way to Deal with Scorched Pans
If you (or your loved one) is known for burning food, don't panic: Fill the pan with hot water, add dish soap, and scrub it with an OXO dish brush before stains set. If you’re using cast iron or an uncoated pan, you can also use steel wool or balled-up tin foil to accelerate the process.
An Easy Way to Cut Down on Dishwasher Cycles
By the time guests leave, your dishwasher should already be running with a full load. The plant enzymes in Puracy Dishwasher Detergent Packs break down food remnants – from pan sauce to mashed potatoes. Simply rinse dishes and focus on what really matters: dessert.
To fit everything into a single dishwasher cycle, one of my favorite dishwasher hacks is using non-standard plates for dessert. Since the bottom of your dishwasher will almost certainly be full from the main course, choose small bowls or cups that can fit on top.
Pro Tip: Take it one step further and use compostable paper plates. Honestly, no one will care and it'll make clean-up a cinch.
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Pro Tip: If your floor has been hit by a food tornado, check out or guide on cleaning stains out of carpets.
Send Guests Home with Leftovers
If you’re having a small get together and make way too much food, cut down on plastic use by using that massive collection of glass jars or Tupperware that's been sitting in a cupboard. Now’s the time!
Provide paper grocery bags near the door with everyone’s names on them and let guests choose whichever containers they’d like.
Puracy for Every Party
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