This is a very special time of the year. Yes, it also can be stressful, but the opportunity to re-connect with family and friends is difficult to resist, and one of the best ways to do that is by hosting a party.
Yes, first and foremost, you want your guests to have fun. And part of that equation may involve serving adult beverages. We, of course, suggest wine, because the alcohol level of most wine is much lower than that found in the most popular spirits.
If you’re putting on a holiday party, here are three steps to being a responsible host…
1. If you’re serving alcohol, also serve food. Also have lots of water on hand. Both food and water help mitigate the impact of the alcohol being consumed.
2. If you have wine glasses of various sizes, use only the smaller ones at the party. This may inhibit a guest’s ability to smell the wine, but it will help assure that their driving is not impaired.
3. Have plenty of coffee on hand, and substitute it for the wine and other alcohol as the party nears its end.
Holiday parties are fun. And as the party host, you want to be able to use the same guest list next year. Doing whatever you can to help get your guests home safe — even if that means having some of them sleep over — is Job 1.
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Next week: Where to head if you get delayed at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport over the holidays… plus a tasty recipe for your leftover turkey.