Hosting a Safe Holiday Party

Tis the season to celebrate with co-workers, friends and family.  Many of us will be attending parties and some of will be hosting the parties. If you are planning to host a party or get together this holiday season, read on for info about making sure your party is safe for your guests.

Here are some party basics:

  • Beer and wine are just as intoxicating as liquor. A 12-ounce can of beer, a 5-ounce glass of wine and a 1.5-ounce shot of liquor all contain the same amount of alcohol.
  • Coffee does not help sober up guests. The only thing that will sober up guests is time.
  • Never serve alcohol to someone under the legal drinking age of 21.
  • Never allow anyone under the age of 21 to serve alcohol to your guests.

Hosting a Safe Holiday PartyAs the party host, it’s best if you remain sober to help keep control of the party.  Be sure to have some activities on hand that do not encourage excess consumption of alcohol. Some possible activities can include a door prize, gift exchange, and puzzles.

Additional holiday party hosting tips:

  • Provide plenty of food to help prevent your guests from drinking on an empty stomach.
  • Avoid too many salty snacks, which often make people thirsty and drink more.
  • Offer soft drinks, water and juices for guests who are designated drivers.
  • Stop serving alcoholic beverages 90 minutes before the end of the party. Use this time to serve desserts.
  • Have the number of a taxi service ready for those who need transportation at the end of the party.

If someone at the party appears to be drinking too much, take the following steps:

  • Offer to make them a virgin version of their cocktail.
  • Offer to drive the person home at the end of the party.
  • Arrange for transportation with another sober party guest.
  • Invite them to stay at your home.

Holiday parties are a great time to celebrate and catch up with friends and family.  Planning a great party includes food choices, entertainment and making sure your guests enjoy the party and also get home safely.

Happy Holidays!