how to be a responsible host

By Rent A Bartender | December 14, 2022

When you’re hosting a party or an event, it goes without saying that alcohol will be served. However, if you’re not responsible with it, your guests’ good time could turn sour in more ways than one. the last thing you want to have happen is to hear or read about an accident a guest had on the way home, or for something of that nature to happen at the party itself. To ensure everyone stays safe and healthy throughout your party and after it, you should plan a process for preventing overindulgence and make sure you’re covered when it comes to liquor liability. We have tips on how to be a responsible host:

hire and insured bartender

To prevent alcohol becoming the reason for anyone coming to harm or inflicting property damage, you should think about hiring a professional. Bartenders have been trained to notice the early signs of intoxication, so when someone has had too much to drink, they’ll know what to do. But that’s not the only reason why hiring a bartender is the best choice. The company you hire should have liquor liability insurance coverage, so you’d be covered in case of any accidents. Good news is, Rent a Bartender is very well covered for this type of liability. Insured bartenders are a must because, without one, you as the host would be legally responsible for any accidents and all damages.


As the host, you can encourage your guests to pick a designated driver who won’t drink for that evening and will be responsible for taking a few people from their group to home. If someone drives to your party and drinks too much or seems too tired to drive at the end of the night, arrange a ride with a sober guest or call them a cab. To be able to keep track of things, it helps to limit your alcohol intake. Remember to take it easy with the constant refills and don’t pressure your guests to drink, especially if they are already intoxicated.

serve food and non-alcoholic beverages

Ingesting alcohol on an empty stomach is not a great idea, so make sure to serve food as well. Eating helps counter the effects of alcohol, as well as drinking water and other non-alcoholic beverages. Not everyone will want to drink alcohol, but that doesn’t mean they can’t have a fancy drink. Mocktails are an excellent choice for a non-alcoholic beverage since they have the flavor and the aesthetic of cocktails, but without the risks carried by alcohol consumption. They’re especially attractive to temporary abstainers who usually enjoy cocktails, but can’t drink due to particular circumstances.

mocktail recipe ideas

Margaritas, mojitos, and coolers are among the most popular mocktails with many versions. From blueberry mojito to wildcat cooler, there’s something for everyone’s taste. Mountain mojito mocktail is our favorite:

  • Ingredients: 0.5 oz lime juice, .5 oz agave, .5 oz blood orange purée, 4 fresh mint leaves, a splash of soda water;
  • How to make it: In a Collins glass, muddle the mint with lime juice and agave, then add ice, followed by blood orange purée and a splash of soda water. Use fresh mint as garnish and enjoy!

Being a responsible host is very important for the well-being of your guests, but it’s understandable if you can’t do everything on your own. If you want a great bartender or mixologist for your upcoming event, contact us at Rent a Bartender, and we’ll be happy to help.

We’re also hiring new talent, so don’t hesitate to reach out!

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