Written by Charlotte Wood (last updated June 17, 2020)
It's Friday night and you are ready to throw that big bash. You prepare the food, pick the music, invite the guests and then you're left with the looming task of making the perfect party drinks. Sometimes picking the perfect party drinks can be overwhelming and there are a few key things you should consider. If you can keep these few tips in mind then you'll be able to figure out rocking drinks for your weekend blast!
First of all, you'll need to figure out your drink selections based on the type of people attending your party. If your attendees are of the more hardcore party type, you'll want some more hardcore drinks. If you have a more delicate crowd, then go for the lighter drinks. If you know the people attending your party aren't into the alcohol scene, choose non-alcoholic drinks like soft drinks and punch. If you do decide to have alcohol at your party, though, then keep these things in mind.
Have more food at the party than you do drinks. If people eat more, they'll be able to stomach the alcohol better. Drinking on an empty stomach results in getting sick and becoming drunk more quickly. If you consume alcohol on an empty stomach, you run the risk of becoming way sicker than you otherwise would if you ate food along with drinking alcohol. So just take preventative measures against the more negative alcohol effects by providing a plentiful spread of food.
If alcohol is the way to go for you, then the biggest thing to remember is the attitude of your attendees and the formality of the situation. If the party is laidback and casual, then having cups out on the table already filled with the drink selections is totally fine. (I'd avoid the keg-type of party because those tend to be crass and can easily result in an excess of inebriation.)
If your soiree is more sophisticated then you could hire a bartender, perhaps, or take charge of dolling out the drinks yourself. Take personal orders and choose a more refined drink selection. Whichever way you go however, you do want to control the overall alcohol intake as much as a host or hostess can. You don't want your party ruined by a few too-drunk guests; portion the drinks beforehand and if someone who's had too much to drink asks for another one, you shouldn't feel rude in saying no.
Parties can be great and you have the ability to throw a memorable one. Just remember these few tips when giving parties and choosing the drinks and you'll find yourself encountering party-hosting success!
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