Before THE PARTY
- Tell your neighbors if you didn’t invite them already. This way they’ll call you if the party gets too noisy, instead of calling the police.
- Designate one person to be in charge of the alcohol. Have that person pour and mix drinks rather than allowing guests to do it themselves. This will help in moderating the amount of alcohol consumed throughout the evening.
- Restricting the exit and entrance to one door will make it easier to regulate guests.
DAY OF THE PARTY
- When buying alcoholic drinks, also buy non-alcoholic drinks like water or juice. This will encourage people to alternate drinks. Alternating alcoholic drinks with water or juice will help people avoid hangovers, blackouts and getting sick at your house.
- Clean the place up. A house that looks like a trashcan will be treated like one.
- Set up the speakers, preferably in a place where they won’t get spilled on, kicked over or stolen. Speakers in the middle of a party will be treated as cup holders or stools, so put them in a safe place.
- Make a playlist. Keep the music playing device hidden. Ipods and Iphones that play through speakers are one of the most commonly stolen items at parties.
- Lock up the bedroom doors to avoid having anything stolen or having people use your bedroom.
AFTER THE PARTY
- Don’t be afraid to cut someone off if they are drinking too much. It’s your party and you have the right. Plus, they will thank you in the morning.
- Make sure no one gets in a fight. You don't want your house and roommates getting involved with the police over a fight between two other people. Kindly ask them to leave if trouble starts, and don’t be afraid to call the police.
- Keep all cups and drinks in the house. Nothing draws police attention to a party more than people drinking on the street.
- Have a set volume for the music. Know that you can get a citation for loud music after 10 pm.
- Make sure your friends are walking home with someone - another friend(s) or yourself. People walking alone are much more likely to get a citation or get hurt.
- If you think someone has alcohol poisoning, a drug overdose, or is dangerously drunk, just call 911.
- If they are too drunk to go home, give them a couch to sleep on.
- If someone is passed out, or you think they are just sleeping it off, check on them to be sure they are okay.