serve or not to serve
June 14, 2007
By Gretchen McKay, Pittsburgh
is a given at many neighborhood and family
parties, be it a keg or an icy pitcher of
sangria. But should it be on the menu at your
teen's graduation party?
that kids will be kids, it's probably something
you will want to avoid, says Ginger Venable,
co-author of a book on graduation parties who
Local laws vary, but party hosts can be held
liable if a minor gets drunk at their house and
then gets into a car accident or injures someone
on the way home.
probably won't care if their party's dry, but
what about the grown-ups? One way to keep a
party alcohol-free without anyone really
noticing, says Ms. Venable, is to make it a
brunch or throw the celebration in the
afternoon, when most adult guests aren't really
expecting to drink. Or you could save the
margaritas for later, after the kids have moved
on to other activities.
do choose to serve alcohol, keep it completely
separate from the soft drinks and other
nonalcoholic beverages, and mark the designated
table or area with streamers or balloons. You'll
see if kids are lingering where they shouldn't.
You'll also need to assign a responsible adult
it's pretty easy for a kid to slip spirits like
rum and vodka into a soft drink unnoticed, you
might also consider limiting alcoholic offerings
to beer and wine. Also, use clear plastic cups
so you can see what people are drinking.
Finally, make sure guests know when they arrive
that you do not tolerate underage drinking. That
includes the adults, who might harbor a "what
the heck" attitude.
don't be afraid to look in a teenager's glass or
smell his or her breath if you have any