With the holidays in full swing, parties fill the calendar. Do you host a holiday party in your home? If so, have you considered having a sober party? It might sound challenging, but for those who are in addiction recovery parties can trigger a relapse. The thought of hosting a sober party sounds too difficult for most people. Thankfully, there are several steps you can take to make sure your party has no drugs or alcohol involved. Just follow the tips below and you'll be able to have a great time at your party without alcohol. For 2018, call on a reliable Greensboro NC alcohol rehab center like Legacy Freedom to help you battle addiction. We want to help.
It's important to let guests know as soon as they've been invited that the party will be sober. Also be sure to include that BYOB is not an option. Whether you send handwritten invitations, email, or text, be sure to put the ground rules in writing so that it cannot be missed.
Consider inviting guests to bring their favorite non-alcoholic beverages. These can taste like drinks with alcohol in them, but because they're mocktails, they're alcohol free. Have a contest for the best drink. You could also do one for the worst drink, as well. Offer prizes for the winners. This will give guests something else to focus on rather than missing the alcohol that they might be used to.
Make sure you prepare yourself for guests to decline your invitation. Some people just refuse to be in a social situation without alcohol. However, don't worry about these people. Your friends and family who support your decisions will be there, no matter what. Don't take it personally when some do not show up.
Having activities and games throughout the party will help with the no alcohol situation. This will also be good for people who are used to having alcohol in a social setting. Consider having a gingerbread house making competition. You can set up a table with various types of gingerbread house kits for those who like to try building one. Have a karaoke machine set up, play music, and schedule other fun things throughout the party.
It's also important to make sure you have tons of food. Those that normally drink alcohol will fill up on delicious treats instead. A great idea is to have a buffet table of appetizers and entrées, and then another for desserts. If you'd like, have guests bring one of their favorite appetizers or desserts to help prepare the food.
If having a party at home is a trigger for you or your guests for alcohol, consider having it somewhere else. Consider renting the local community center, country club, a restaurant, or somewhere else.
If your guests have children, make sure they know that the kids are invited. Since it's a sober party, there's no reason they can't join in.
Since typical parties with alcohol are at night, consider changing the time of the party. Have a brunch or late afternoon event, instead. This too will help reduce triggers. You could also have the party on a Sunday by changing the time to earlier. That way, people won't be worried about staying out too late on the night before work.
The biggest thing to make sure you pull this off is to have an environment where everyone feels comfortable. Even those who typically drink alcohol in a social setting should feel comfortable, as well. Just because you're choosing to have a sober party shouldn't mean that they won't feel welcome or comfortable. Do what you can to give your guests a party that will be warm, inviting, and fun.
As you can see, there are several ways to pull off a sober party without having to worry too much about it. Just be sure to add in the invitation that the party will be sober and that no BYOB will be accepted.
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