I enjoy hosting during the holidays, despite our smaller living space it's still enjoyable to get together with family and friends. I am also one of those people who's house has to look perfect when hosting for a special occasional like Christmas, even if whoever is coming has seen my place in its worst state ever. I still want it presentable and clean.

It's so easy to become overwhelmed by the holidays plus adding holiday social gatherings onto the list but planning and preparing are the keys to any successful gathering according to Colin Cowie, lifestyle expert and party planner (he's worked with celebrities like Oprah and Kim Kardashian). Colin knows how to throw a fantastic party to impress and ensure a good time for all your guests and you. 

In addition to fabulous decor and yummy foods, Colin relies on the same trusted P&G products such as Febreze, Swiffer, Mr. Clean, Dawn and Cascade as we do to make sure the event area is clean and ready to impress. From the bathroom to the kitchen, Colin believes that the P&G line of home care products are essential parts of planning the perfect party. 

Here are five great tips from Colin to help ease your holiday hosting this year:

1) Start with a colour theme. Red and gold or white and silver are both perfect for holiday parties. You can easily incorporate these colours into your holidays from invites to decorations.

2) Good lighting is a must. Candles make excellent for extra lighting, there's no such thing as too many candles. These can be placed on decorative pillars or centrepieces. Febreze scented candles create a relaxing ambiance for guests and can also make great stocking stuffers or parting gifts!

3) Let guests help themselves. Setting up buffet style food stations for guests like turkey carving, finger foods, veggies etc can help ease the stress of making sure everyone is served at once. setting up before guests arrive with extra utensils and napkins also allows everyone to eat at the same time.

4) Always be ready for guests. Have a Swiffer WetJet Extra Power pad with the scrubbing power of Mr. clean magic erasers in the nearest closet; if friends decide to pop by for a holiday surprise you can assure your floors will be shiny and print free. Clean up before they even hit the driveway.

5) Hide the mess. Save spending time with the dishes and preload the dishwasher with Cascade all-in-one ActionPacs and load dishes as used. No dishwasher? No problem, Dawn dish soap gives an over night soak in five minutes which saves a whole lot of time scrubbing or having to leave dirty dishes sit and soak. Less time in the kitchen, more time enjoying your company. 
    I have to agree with Colin, there is nothing worse than not being prepared when it comes to having a gathering, including having a clean house. With three animals and two kids (and one on the way) it's essential for us to make sure our house is in top entertainment mode. This year we have it easy thanks to Colin's tips and great products from P&G!

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    - Limited edition febreze candles, noticibles, set and refresh freshener, Limited edition febreze spray and febreze air effects

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    - Mr.Clean magic eraser select a size, Mr. Clean bath cleaner with febreze 7 days of shine.

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    1. Great tips! I'm always worried about surprise guests when we don't have a clean home!

    2. I love the Mr. Clean Magic Erasers! They're SO handy and work wonders!

    3. I like the Mr. clean magic erasers. They work really well!

    4. I am enjoying one of the candles right now - it smells divine:)

    5. I love febreeze, their products make my home smell so good

    6. The magic erasers are my favorite. It's amazing what they can do!

    7. My favorite product is Febreeze. It smells good without being too strong.

    8. Swiffer 360 duster kit is my favorite!

    9. I love Febreeze! I especially love the Citrus one! :)

    10. Mr clean magic erasers are a lifesaver!

    11. Swiffer wet jet

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    12. Cascades! Getting those dishes done after guests leave is my least favorite part.

    13. It's a tie between Magic Erasers and Cascade pacs.

    14. My favourite is Cascade.
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    15. The Cascade pacs - they get the dishes cleaner.

    16. Swiffer wet jet with power clean replacement pads

    17. I love the set and refresh freshener and febreze spray..love all febreze products!
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    18. Mr. Clean bath cleaner with febreze 7 days of shine

    19. I love the Mr. Clean Magic Erasers! They work wonders!
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    20. I love the Magic Erasers!

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