Great holiday parties have a happy ending
(NC) A lot of preparation goes into a memorable holiday party. It starts slowly with sending out invitations and dusting off the decorations days or weeks ahead of time, then gains speed from grocery shopping all the way through to placing the final sprig of parsley on the canapés. After all the hustle and bustle, it's tempting to think the prep is over when the first guest arrives at the door, but seasoned hosts know the doorbell signals that the next round of planning is just beginning.
“Every successful party needs a happy ending,” says Charlie Angelakos, the vice president of corporate affairs at Labatt Breweries of Canada. “Hosts need to play a role to ensure the safety of their guests and communities, and that means preventing their guests from drinking and driving.”
Here are a few tips to help hosts with the in-party planning:
• Know that being a host comes with responsibilities to your guests.
• Offer alcohol-free drinks. Remind volunteers that a designated driver abstains from alcohol. Thank them for helping to keep our roads safe.
• Recognize the signsof intoxication in your guests such as fast/slow/loud/slurred speech, the physical clumsiness or lack of alertness, tiredness, red eyes or heavy eyelids.
• Explore the options. Assign a sober companion to get the guest home safely. Call a friend or relative to pick up the guest, or provide him or her with money for a taxi.
• Give your guests help to prevent drinking and driving. Match guests with a designated driver, provide taxi numbers or public transit schedules, or invite them to stay overnight. Ask for their car keys to keep them and others safe. Thank them for not drinking and driving.
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