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A non-alcoholic party: Sounds like an oxymoron, but the truth is, parties can be just as fun without beer, wine and spirits.
While alcohol can add to the party atmosphere of letting loose and having fun, it can also add to the risk of a party going to shambles. You have probably been to a gathering that was ruined by someone (maybe even yourself) whose drinking got out of control. The mood can go from raucous laughter to stone cold silence in a matter of seconds when a party guest who has had a little too much to drink gets in a fight or passes out on the living room floor. Alcohol, in many ways, can be the ultimate cause of such party poopers.
However, to avoid the game of Russian roulette that alcohol can unleash on a party, you can have an event that is alcohol free and just as fun.
Suggestions for Non-alcoholic Parties
Still skeptical? Here are a few tips on how to host a non-alcoholic party that will show you it can be just as fun:
- Throw a themed party: If you come up with a theme for your party—say Hollywood Night—then you can create an atmosphere that is about something other than drinking. Sure, drinking could play a big role in a Hollywood night, but it doesn’t have to. You can ask people to come in interesting costumes from their favorite movies or their favorite movie stars. You can decorate in a way that is glitzy and glamorous. You can even roll out a red carpet in your hallway. All of these things will be great conversation starters among your guests.
- Connect your theme with activities: If you come up with activities -games etc.- that can bring your guests together, the focus won’t be so centered on what is missing: alcohol. Instead, people will be having fun because they are laughing at a silly skit or exercising their thinking and socializing skills coming up with the answers to team trivia questions.
- Non–alcoholic drinks: Staying with the Hollywood example, you can have non-alcoholic drinks at your party for a kind of placebo effect. People will still feel like they are sipping on a Mai Tai or Cosmopolitan, but they won’t experience the drunken side-effects. Non-alcoholic cocktails give you a chance to get creative and flavorful—something that your guests will surely appreciate.
- Food, Food, Food: If alcohol is not on the menu, then you should compensate with tasty, savory treats. Let people indulge in cakes with wild colored frostings, pizza with interesting toppings, chips with funky flavors, and dips loaded with cheese and butter and anything else that your guests might not normally eat—or let themselves eat—in large amounts.
Hosting a non-alcoholic party is a great way for you to help people remember that the best way to have fun is the natural way— people who create good times, not alcohol. This isn’t to say that alcohol should be banned or that people can’t have fun with alcohol. This is to say that sometimes, it is important to connect with others and enjoy yourself without booze.
Furthermore, hosting a non-alcoholic party is a good way to help the problem drinkers you know have fun without the worry that they will get out of control. A non-alcoholic party promotes the positive aspects of life without alcohol and gives everyone a fair chance at having fun. So try it—chances are you won’t even miss the taste of wine.
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