A few tips for hosting a responsible cocktail party

November 3, 2015

Hosting a cocktail party for your friends can be a great success and a lot of fun, if the event is conducted properly. Follow a few simple rules to ensure that your cocktail party goes smoothly:

A few tips for hosting a responsible cocktail party

Offer non-alcoholic choices

Your guests probably know that they shouldn't drink in excess when they are invited to a cocktail party. However, that doesn't leave you off the hook.

  • As the host, you should follow a few simple rules to ensure that no-one drinks too much and ruins the party or makes a fool of themselves.
  • Remember, as the host, you are responsible for the welfare of your guests, even though they are adults.
  • Offering a selection of non-alcoholic beverages, such as non-alcoholic beer, water, soda, juice, and coffee, is a great way to provide guests with other choices. It also caters for those guests who may not want to drink because they are driving or simply avoiding alcohol.
  • Look for recipes for non-alcoholic cocktails, which are often quite tasty.

Choose the right mixers

Keep in mind that some mixers can help absorb alcohol more quickly into the bloodstream.

  • Water helps to slow down the reaction of alcohol in your system, while mixers such as soda actually help to quicken the absorption of alcohol.
  • Consider this when you are planning which cocktails to make and serve.

Make the drinks for your guests

When people prepare their own drinks, they often make them too strong.

  • Be a responsible host and mix the drinks yourself to ensure your guests don't drink too much. If you feel that one of your guests has had too much to drink, try to speak to them quietly to let them know that they shouldn't have any more.
  • At the end of the evening, set a time that the bar will be closed, giving people time to sober up and have coffee.

Don't forget the food

Just because it's a cocktail party doesn't mean the food isn't important.

  • In addition to keeping hungry guests satisfied, it is always better for your guests not to drink on an empty stomach.
  • There is no need to prepare a feast--a simple assortment of finger foods, snacks, desserts and hors d'oeuvres is often plenty.

Hosting a cocktail party can be a great way to bring friends together for a fun or relaxing night away from the hustle-and-bustle of everyday life. Of course, make sure that none of your guests are planning on driving home while intoxicated. You may have to find a way to provide transportation for intoxicated guests that are ready to leave. You can designate some non-drinking drivers before the party to eliminate this potential problem.


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