How to Have Fun (and Safe) Home/Office Parties This Holiday Season

By Rent A Bartender | Feb 05. 2023

As the temperatures drop and the new year approaches, it’s time to get everyone from the neighborhood or office together for some good, old-fashioned merriment. Holiday parties are a yearly tradition. In fact, most people end up going to several of them each winter. Others might even find themselves roped into hosting these joyous occasions. While holiday parties are a great deal of fun, they can also be a challenge. Attendees and hosts alike need to be aware of how to best ensure the evening goes smoothly. So whether you’re concerned with keeping your parties safe or just want to make sure everything goes off without a hitch, here are a few key tips to keep in mind this winter.

Hire a Bartender

Everyone has that friend or colleague who insists they’re masters of mixology, and they very well may be, but staffing professionals is nearly always the better choice. There’s a reason why companies that rent out bartending supplies also offer their own bartending services. These bartenders have mastered the jiggers and thus know how to deliver drinks that contain just the right amount of alcohol. They wield their shakers to conjure up the irresistible cocktails and always have a quality strainer handy to keep that pesky pulp from ruining your refreshing fruity drink.

Moreover, staffing dedicated professionals to run the bar at your event adds an expensive feel even if you didn’t have to break the bank to hire them. Professional bartenders also add a unique element of entertainment to the party, as they can dazzle partygoers with their knowledge of all things alcohol. Especially for corporate or office parties, renting bartenders will make the evening feel all that much more professional and will minimize the number of service issues you might otherwise run into with a non-professional server. And besides, everyone at your party wants to spend their time mingling and having fun; no one wants to go to a party to do more work.

Hire Additional Help

It’s not just bartenders that can make your party run smoothly. Caterers and servers are a great addition, as well. Hiring servers allows you to be a guest at your own party. It takes a great deal off your mind and lowers your liability; you do not have to worry too much about walking around the room every twenty minutes to make sure all is running smoothly. Instead, you can just relax. These servers can also help with basic things like pointing out where the washrooms are located.

A professional serving team will also keep everything clean and organized for you so you can spend more time with your guests. Parties are supposed to be fun and sexy. When things get messy, they become the exact opposite of that. So let someone else take care of all that extra chaos for you. Not to mention, even the guests will feel more at ease when they feel pampered by trained professionals.

Be Wise About Drinking

Hosting a holiday soiree is a far cry from crashing a college frat party. Understand that what overindulgence looks like will depend upon a person’s own judgment. For those hosting a company party, it may be prudent to use a drink ticket system that will limit how much any individual can consume. For the less formal parties, it may be enough to trust guests to use their own judgement.

Drinking is a great way to relax and enjoy the holiday season; with good judgment and common sense, there is no shame in enjoying some good alcohol and holiday cheer. Just be smart about it, and you and your guests will have an unforgettable night.

Practice and Promote Responsible Travel

You are not likely to police other guests about how much they are drinking, how long they stay, and when they leave. That said, you should be sure to monitor yourself and be honest about how well-equipped you are to drive after a couple drinks. If you suspect that you will really let loose, consider carpooling with a friend who does not intend to indulge as much. Also, if you suspect a friend or coworker has had a bit too much to drink, consider offering them a ride a home.

Ditch the cell phones

Parties are meant for socializing with those around us. If you’re attending a party, consider leaving your phone in the car, or if you need to keep it on you, just try not to use it. As a host, consider ways to encourage your guests to mingle in the real world instead of the digital. You shouldn’t scold people who look like they’re texting, but try to come up with events and activities that will encourage interaction and discussion.

Be prepared (to improvise)

A little bit of planning goes a long way. Don’t wait until the last minute to get everything ready for your party. Set yourself an itinerary or schedule and try to stick to it. At the same time, you need to also be ready to throw that schedule aside and just wing it if the need arises. Maybe you’ve planned the perfect evening, full of activities. The first activity is only supposed to last twenty minutes, but it’s been nearly an hour and your guests are still having a great time. Don’t try to force everyone to move according to the itinerary. Toss it out and let the party go in the direction it has chosen. Plan as much as you can stand, but don’t get too attached to that planning.


Don’t forget the music

Background music can make or break a party. There should always be something playing just loud enough to be enjoyable but not so loud as to drown out conversation. Pick music that is appropriate for your venue. Try not to pick any music that might make someone uncomfortable.

Swap Out the Wasteful Plastic Cups

Instead of overspending on extra plastic cups, get nicer plastic glasses that people can easily put their names on. This reduces how many cups people will use. Good for the environment, and good for your wallet.

Be Strategic with the Coolers

Ice can get pricey. Consider filling your coolers with mostly cold water and enough ice to keep the temperature down–but not so much that you are left with a surplus of ice that just melts away.

Stock Up on Bottled Water

Be sure you’ve got plenty of water available to your guests. Set some extra water bottles aside for the end of the night and give them to guests as they are leaving.

Looking to bring your holiday bash to the next level? Find a bartender for your next party at Rent-a-Bartender.

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