4 Steps To Planning A Safe Christmas Party With Alcohol

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Having a Christmas party for all of your friends and family can be a lot of fun for everyone. If you intend to serve your guests liquor, beer, and wine, there are certain precautions that you should take to ensure that everyone remains as safe as possible during and after the party.

Get a Bartender

This doesn't mean that you have to spend a bunch of money hiring a professional bartender for the evening – it just means that you need someone serving drinks who isn't getting hammered. Someone responsible should be in charge of the bar to ensure that none of the guests get too intoxicated. This person can monitor how much everyone is drinking and either shut the intoxicated guests off or make their drinks with less alcohol.

Note: This person will also be responsible for keeping any underage guests from drinking and putting themselves and you at risk of legal complications.

Serve the Right Food

Ok – you want your guests to love the food that you are serving, but you need the food to absorb the alcohol a bit to keep everyone safe. Foods to consider should be fatty – not necessarily greasy and unhealthy, but contain natural fats – think nuts. Load the buffet with carbs – pizza, pasta and potatoes are great options. Have a fruit bar with bananas for alcohol absorption, and water-laden fruits like watermelon to help keep guests hydrated.


This is the most important part of keeping your guests safe. Although a person may appear un-intoxicated at the end of the night, those few drinks are more than enough to impair driving abilities and put them and other drivers at risk on the roads.

If you have a taxi service in your area, use it. If you don't have a taxi service to utilize, enlist a few good people to help you get your guests home. These people may include people from the neighborhood, off-duty police officers or firefighters or even members of the local church. Reach out to your local police department to find out what resources are available in your area to assist you with transporting your guests safely.


In some cases, your guests may be safer crashing at your place. If you don't have extra beds in your home, gather some sleeping bags and pillows. Chances are, your guests won't care where they pass out at the end of the night as long as they can crash somewhere safe and warm.

Your Christmas party can be fun and safe. Just keep these things in mind as you plan for the event and enlist the help of trustworthy individuals to assist you with keeping everyone safe.

If you're looking to get a liquor license, contact a company such as Arizona Liquor Industry Consultants.


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