TIPS FOR PARENTS WHEN GIVING A PARTY

 

  • Know the law. It is illegal to give or sell any alcoholic beverage to a person under age 21, unless you are that person’s parent or guardian.
  • An adult, or parent, who serves alcohol to persons under age 21 can be held responsible for injuries or damages caused by the intoxication of minors.
  • Remove all prescription and over-the-counter medications from any bathroom that will be used by guests.
  • To ensure safety of all guests a parent must always be visible and present to supervise. Invite parents of the friends of your child to help chaperone.
  • Set up the ground rules before the party:
    • Agree on the guest list and send out invitations
    • Only those invited will be allowed to attend
    • All guests enter from one entrance
    • Notify police about the party date and time
    • Notify neighbors
    • Coats and bags will be checked in.
    • The party will be alcohol and drug free. (Do not assume your child knows this).  
    • Any guest who tries to bring alcohol or other drugs, arrives under the influence, or drinks alcohol or used other drugs at the party will be asked to leave and their parents will be called so they can get home safely.
    • The parents of teen guests parent will be called if the guest arrives or becomes impaired/ill at the party.
  • Patrol in and outside your house, monitor the garage, windowsills and bedrooms.
  • You continue to play a significant role in your childs life. Clear expectations and rules will help keep your children safe at this memorable time in their lives.