Tip #1 Sport Smarts
Sporting fun should be done before you serve drinks to reduce injury risk.
Tip #2 Provide Transit Fare
Keep tokens, cash and telephone numbers on hand for public transit and taxis.
Tip #3 Designate a Driver
Have at least one person at the party who won’t be drinking so they can help get others home safely.
Tip #4 Keep Stomachs Full
Serve high-starch and protein foods such as meat, veggies, cheese, dips and breads. Avoid serving salty, sweet or greasy snack foods; they’ll make your guests thirstier.
Tip #5 Prepare a Guest Room
Be prepared for overnight guests.
Tip #6 Enlist Some Help
Before the party, ask someone reliable to help you keep things under control.
Tip #7 Appoint a Bartender
People tend to drink more when they serve themselves. Also, keep a jigger next to the bottles to measure your pours accurately.
Tip #8 Ending the Night
Stop serving alcohol at least an hour before the party is over. Be sure to have alcohol-free drinks (mocktails, water, juice, coffee and tea) and food available when you do. Remember that having coffee after alcohol doesn’t make you sober.
Tip #9 Call a Taxi
If guests insist on driving when they shouldn’t, take away their car keys and call a taxi for them.
Tip #10 Remember You’re the Host
Don’t drink too much yourself. You’ll be able to handle potential problems better when you can think clearly and act quickly.
Tip #11 Plan Ahead
Plan ahead so it’s easy to follow this advice.