Home Is Where The Party Is
This holiday season 71% of Canadians will be hosting events at home to unite family and friends, according to a new Angus Reid survey commissioned by Baileys Original Irish Cream. The survey also revealed that 77% of hosts serve their guests alcoholic drinks at their holiday events, a good reminder for people to enjoy the season responsibly.
“The holidays are the one time of year when Canadians really focus on hosting parties at home”, says Karl Lohnes, design and entertaining expert. “When it comes to entertaining, there are so many trends you can incorporate to really make your party stand out – from decorating tips to festive recipes. The most important part is being a responsible host, and making sure that everyone gets home safely.”
According to Lohnes, when hosting a holiday party, there are a few things that can be done to ensure that everyone has a great time while staying responsible.
• It is a good idea to pre-mix holiday cocktails to ensure they are delicious and perfectly prepared.
• Offer a variety of non-alcoholic beverages. Coffee, tea, water and juice are great options, and can be garnished to look extra special.
• Make sure to serve some food so that people can snack throughout the evening and slow down the absorption of alcohol. Serve hearty food like grilled meat, cheeses, sliders and gourmet pizzas, but stay away from deep-fried foods and salty snacks as they will make guests thirsty.
• Ensure that all guests get home safely. Make sure they take a taxi home, have a designated driver or have an extra bed prepared so they can spend the night.
“As the host, make sure you’re drinking responsibly throughout the evening so you can keep an eye on all your guests, and make sure that everybody is being responsible and having a great time,” says Lohnes.