Eight tips to throwing a safe party

Dalton Bergan

Don’t have an open party: Let guests in by invite only and don’t let in strangers. Make sure you know who your friends are bringing as well. If you don’t have any way to prevent random people from entering the party, things can get out of hand quickly.

Police your own party: Make sure you can control your guests and know what options you have if things start to go downhill. Don’t hesitate to call in your own party if you’re afraid that things have gotten out of control.

Keep the noise down: Don’t be the bad neighbor who blares music at 3 a.m. One noise complaint is all it takes to get the police involved, so keep the volume at a reasonable level.

Stay sober: There’s no way to control your own party if you’re the least capable one there. Keep yourself from getting drunk so you can take control if need be.

Avoid selling alcohol: Charging your guests for alcoholic beverages is considered bootlegging and is illegal without a license. This includes selling empty cups or any other container that is meant to hold alcohol.

Don’t let minors drink at your party: Supplying alcohol to minors is considered illegal, but did you know that you can get in legal trouble just for allowing minors to consume alcohol on your property? Make sure you know your guests and how old they are.

Your guests are your responsibility: Don’t let intoxicated guests do anything illegal while at your party or after leaving your property. Don’t let intoxicated guests leave without being sure that they can get home safely.

Be cooperative: If things get out of hand and the police need to intervene, understand that it’s their job to resolve problems and keep you and your guests safe. Take responsibility for your party and don’t make things more difficult than they need to be.