Thursday, December 1, 2011

Planning a party? Learn to be a responsible host!

Entertaining is both an art and a responsibility. Your duties as host extend to being aware of the alcohol consumption of your guests, particularly if this is a workplace-sponsored activity. If you do, you will be making sure that everyone has a great time, from the beginning right through to a happy ending. Planning ahead is important so that all you have to clean up afterwards is dirty dishes and lots of crumbs!

Serving alcohol involves responsibility. For example, did you know that you can be held legally responsible for injuries or damages that are caused by someone to whom you have served alcohol?

Our "Tips for Responsible Hosting Brochure" can help you plan a successful party that’s hassle-free and protects the well-being of you and your guests.
  • Don’t overindulge at your own party so that you can react quickly to situations that may require you to make responsible decisions. If this is a workplace-related activity, have at least two or three people in charge who will be able to monitor the responsible serving of alcoholic beverages. Make safe transportation plans a priority ahead of time.
  • Consider having a party where no alcohol is served - particularly if children will be home. Consider the messages your actions will be sending them. Let children know that it is possible to have a good time without relying on alcohol.
  • Avoid pouring or encouraging doubles or pushing refills. Accept “no thanks” the first time it is spoken.
To learn more about how to be a responsible host, visit

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