New Year’s is a great time to host a party for friends and family.  The hectic holiday season is over and it is a time for new beginnings, but if you plan on having a party at your home or are hosting an event somewhere else there are a few things to keep in mind in order to ensure that everyone has a safe and fun time.  Here are a few tips that can help you plan an event to remember while also keeping your guests and yourself protected!

Serve Responsibly

If you are planning to serve alcohol at your New Year’s event, and likely you are, be sure you know how to serve responsibly.  You are responsible for the conduct of your guests, and if they drink on your property you can be held liable for their conduct once they leave.  Your best bet for making sure that your guests drink safely is to serve plenty of food along with the drinks.  It is also a good idea to stop serving drinks an hour or two before the party is over.  This way people have time to digest the alcohol and it will naturally limit the number of drinks your guests can have.  While it may seem obvious, also be sure that you do not serve alcohol to any underage guests or to those who will be driving home.

Designated Drivers

Again, if you are serving alcohol at the event, you can be held accountable if your guests drink and drive.  You can set up a designated driver program for your guests, or ask guests to leave their car keys at the door when they arrive so that you can monitor who might leave intoxicated.  Also encourage your guests to take a cab if at all possible, and be prepared to have overnight guests should the need arise.

Plan Ahead

Hosting a New Year’s party can be a lot of fun if you take all the necessary precautions.  Have plenty of food and activities planned for your guests.  This will not only keep them entertained, but will also limit the amount they may potentially drink.