What You Need to Know For Party Planning


Host an Amazing, Unforgettable Event in New Jersey … Then Make Sure Your Guests Get Home Safely

If you throw a party where alcohol will be served, you have some very real responsibilities. You must always remember that the host of a party has potential legal liability if a drunken party guest drives away and gets in a crash. Before, during, and after your party, there are things you can do to keep everyone safe.

Party Preparation

  • • Remember your potential liability if anyone leaves and crashes on their way home.
  • • Prepare for an overnight guest or two – air mattresses and sleeping bags, anyone?
  • • Have taxi phone numbers handy.
  • • Find out if your guests have ride-sharing app on their phones.
  • • Make sure you know who the designated drivers are.
  • • Make sure the designated drivers have the keys.
  • • Make sure designated drivers are parked where they are not blocked by other cars.
  • • Make sure you have enough supplies for your party. A mid-party beer run can spell trouble!

During the Party

  • • Remember your potential liability if anyone leaves and crashes on their way home.
  • • Make sure the designated drivers don't drink.
  • • Treat designated drivers special – a bigger slice of cake, a hug, etc.
  • • If the party is time-based like a sporting event, stop serving alcohol during the half or third quarter, otherwise, stop serving at least an hour before you expect anyone to leave.
  • • Do not let anyone who has been drinking leave until they've had time for the alcohol they drank to pass through their system.
  • • Don't let anyone leave without your knowledge.

After the Party

  • • Remember your potential liability if anyone leaves and crashes on their way home.
  • • Thank your designated drivers.
  • • Ask your designated drivers to call you after they drop everyone off just so you know everyone made it OK.
  • • Help guests call cabs or summon ride-shares.
  • • Offer to help reunite any guests with their cars the next day if necessary.

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