Hosting A Responsible Party

Social parties are a great way to get together with friends and family. While these are meant to be and should be fun, it is important to keep in mind safety as well. Alcohol is very common when friends get together at these parties and this can lead to some risks that are important to plan for, especially towards the end of the night and with kids around.


  • Make sure to offer plenty of nonalcoholic choices.
  • Keep alcoholic drinks and non-alcoholic drinks in separate locations so there is no confusion among youth.
  • Recruit people ahead of time who will not be drinking to help ensure that everyone has a safe ride home.
  • Provide guests with high protein and carbohydrate snacks such as meats and cheese.

During the Party

  • Avoid making alcohol the main focus of social events.  Entertain guests with music, dancing, games, food, and lively conversation.
  • Don’t encourage competitive drinking.
  • Hire bartenders and make sure they are trained with Responsible Beverage Server Training.
  • Model appropriate behavior.

Ending the Night

  • Know what “safe ride” programs are available in your area.
  • Keep the phone numbers of several cab companies handy.

**Ask someone who was not drinking to drive a guest home.

Parents & Parties

As a parent, you may be under pressure to social host, or provide alcohol to your teen for a party.  Research shows that supplying alcohol to youth in a “controlled environment” doesn’t teach them how to drink responsibly but is connected to increased use later in life.  When you have a party where teens will be present, follow these tips to have a safe and fun time with everyone.


1) PROVIDE A CLEAR AND CONSISTENT “no-use” rule of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs for youth under age twenty-one.


2) BE A POSITIVE role model. Do not engage in any illegal, unhealthy or dangerous alcohol, tobacco and other drug use practices.


3) PROVIDE AND SUPERVISE “safe havens” or secure alcohol, tobacco and other drug-free areas where youth can gather.


4) CLEARLY express expectations, including curfews that are set and enforced.


5) MONITOR and share in positive activities with our children.


6) NETWORK with other parents to gain support and new ideas.


7) NURTURE relationships with youth.


8) SUPPORT Law Enforcement by calling to report illegal activities where underage youth are involved.


9) ENCOURAGE an attitude of intolerance of drunkenness.


10) ACTIVELY support health promotion programs.


11) KNOW what to do and what resources are available if we suspect a problem.


KEARNEY COMMUNITY STANDARDS are sponsored by the Positive Pressure Coalition, a coalition of concerned citizens organized to address the issue of alcohol, tobacco and other drug use in Buffalo County.