Throwing a Party?
Here is a few tips on how to be a
Responsible Party Thrower
As the host of a party, it is your responsibility to lookout for the safety of your guests. While you may not be able to monitor every guests drinking, as a host there are a number of things you can do to limit the negative outcomes and still have a fun and safe party.
Before the Party
- Educate yourself about local ordinances for noise, mass gatherings, and alcohol.
- Let your neighbors know you are hosting a party, and give them your number, this way, if there is a problem they can call you first instead of the police.
- Consider your neighborhood, don’t let the noise get out of control.
- Lock your valuables.
- Discuss the party end time with your roommates.
During the Party
- Create a guest list and check ID's at the door. Having a list can help avoid uninvited guests. Ensure those consuming alcohol are of the legal drinking age. You can be held criminally responsible for providing a space for minors to consume alcohol.
- Serve non-alcoholic beverages such as non-alcoholic punch, mocktails, fruit juice or soft drinks. This allows guests to alternate non-alcoholic beverages with alcoholic ones if they are choosing to drink.
- Having water on hand will also help keeps your guests hydrated. This may help reduce the effects of hangovers.
- Serve food! While food does not prevent intoxication, it does slow down the rate at which alcohol is absorbed into the body.
- Call 911 immediately in the case of an emergency.
- Should the police show up, allow the officers to do their job without interference by following their instruction.
- Make sure that your guests have safe ways to get home. You may consider the St. Cloud Metro Bus.
After the Party
- Make sure that you clean up any trash after the party. If you keep the neighborhood clean, your neighbors are less likely to have problems with future parties.
- Talk with your neighbors. This will allow you to receive feedback on how the party went from their perspective.
Created by The Division of Student Life and Development with support from the Office of the Provost