Friday, 3 February 2012

Superbowl hosting tips

It's Supertime again!  A couple of years ago I hosted a small superbowl party round mine but didn't consider any of this.
http://www.iii.org/press_releases/tips-for-planning-a-super-bowl-party-serve-alcohol-responsibly-review-your-insurance.html
  • Make sure you understand your state laws. Before sending out party invitations, familiarize yourself with your state’s social host liability laws.
  • Speak with your insurance agent or company representative about your homeowners coverage and any exclusions, conditions or limitations your policy might have for this kind of risk. Homeowners insurance usually provides some liquor liability coverage, but it is typically limited to $100,000 to $300,000, depending on the policy, which might not be enough.
  • Consider venues other than your home for the party. Hosting your party at a restaurant or bar with a liquor license, rather than at your home, will help minimize liquor liability risks. 
  • Hire a professional bartender. Most bartenders are trained to recognize signs of intoxication and are better able to limit consumption by partygoers. 
  • Encourage guests to pick a designated driver who will refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages so that he or she can drive other guests home. 
  • Be a responsible host. Limit your own alcohol intake so that you will be better able to judge your guests’ sobriety. 
  • Offer non-alcoholic beverages and always serve food. Eating and drinking plenty of water, or other non-alcoholic beverages, can help counter the effects of alcohol. 
  • Do not pressure guests to drink or rush to refill their glasses when empty. And never serve alcohol to guests who are visibly intoxicated. 
  • Stop serving liquor toward the end of the evening. Switch to coffee, tea and soft drinks. 
  • If guests drink too much or seem too tired to drive home, call a cab, arrange a ride with a sober guest or have them sleep at your home. 
  • Encourage all your guests to wear seatbelts as they drive home. Studies show that seatbelts save lives.