Even though in Port Charlotte, FL, it can seem like every day is a summer day, there is something really special about summer. It’s the time for parties and summer fun. At Frohlich, Gordon & Beason, P.A. law firm, we take pride in being involved in our community and promoting safe and enjoyable activities. With that in mind, we’re providing a few guidelines for throwing a safe summer party.
While impromptu parties can be fun and they happen all the time, a little pre-planning will ensure an enjoyable and safe summer party. Beyond the food and activities, there is also the concern about guests who may have too much to drink if you’ll be serving alcoholic beverages. As a host, you want to be responsible and not allow your guests to drive away while inebriated. Taxis, Uber and designated drivers should be in place so that none of your guests will be behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol. If necessary, prepare a space for sleeping it off. It’s better to have an unexpected guest than to find out your friend was involved in an accident due to alcohol use.
Hot summer days cause food to spoil faster. Keep your cold foods properly cooled, particularly for dishes containing mayonnaise, and keep your hot foods hot.
If you’re grilling, make sure that the meat is cooked thoroughly. Also remember that letting meat sit out for hours can lead to illness later. You don’t want your guests to end up being sick due to food poisoning.
Is there a better way to cool off than splashing around and enjoying water play? At the same time, a lot of commotion going on in the pool can make it difficult to tell when someone is actually in danger. If you are expecting a lot of people at your pool party, you may want to consider hiring a life guard as a precaution. That may seem a little over the top, yet if it saves a life, it’s well worth it.
Let people know about your pool rules. Running can result in falls. You don’t want a child falling and hitting his head against the ground or side of the pool. Rough play between younger kids should have limits. As the party progresses and people become more animated, kids are liable to get more excited and maybe even more aggressive in some instances. Don’t be afraid to call a time-out if necessary.
Try to limit glassware around the pool. A broken glass could result in cut feet over the course of the party. Paper and plastic dishes and utensils will keep the area safe.
Be Responsible with Alcoholic Beverages
Remember the ad campaign, “Friends don’t let friends drive drunk.” Take it to heart. Also be aware of friends who may have a problem with alcohol. There are myriad tasty drinks of all kinds that don’t require alcohol. Offering guests non-alcoholic drinks is another way to show that you care about them.
Too much drinking can turn a good time into a disaster. That can happen without getting into a car. If you see an issue developing on the horizon, diffuse it before it has a chance to escalate into a real problem. Nothing will destroy a party faster than a drunken brawl.
Don’t allow any underage drinking at your party. The legal age for alcohol use is 21 in Florida. Keep the kids safe and don’t put yourself in a position for liability should there be a problem.
Life isn’t like it used to be. In this age of technology, you need to be aware of issues that can impact you unexpectedly. For example, if your party is geo-tagged by a guest, you could possibly end up with random people showing up. This is something you need to be aware from the college-aged set.
Posting on social media can be fun. It can also get you fired or keep you from being hired. It’s impossible to monitor what others are going to post. Hopefully it won’t be anything compromising. Again, this mostly pertains to the younger set, but mature adults can also post risqué photos that could cause problems.
Protect Your Privacy and Your Home
If you’re planning a summer party in advance, sending out invitations with a few requests may be in order. If the party is at your home, you have the right to protect it by asking guests not to use location services when sharing pictures. You can set rules and limits on what happens and doesn’t happen in your home.
At Frohlich, Gordon & Beason, P.A., we are advocates of safety and we enjoy having a good time. We hope these tips help you have a safe and enjoyable party. Residents of the Port Charlotte, FL, area will find us very responsive to their legal needs. If you have legal questions or you need advice, contact us. We’re glad to help.