May has finally arrived and summer is just around the corner! By the second half of May, those the flowers will start to bloom and the sun will start to shine; what better way is there to enjoy the 75 degree weather than a party?
Before you start stocking up on hot dogs and hamburgers, educate yourself on party host etiquette. When you’re conversing and mingling with close friends, it’s easy to forget how much glasses of wine you’ve drank. But as a host, it’s your responsibility to retain composure and ensure guest get home safely.
Don’t let carelessness compromise your or your guest’s fun and safety. Here at MHB Insurance, we will help you brush up on proper party host etiquette.
First and foremost, understand your state’s laws. Although most states enacted the Dram Shop Law (including New York), social host liability varies in each state.
According to the New York Alcoholic Beverage Control (Section 65), no person shall sell, deliver or give away or cause or permit or procure to be sold, delivered or given away any alcoholic beverage to
(1) Any person under the age of twenty-one years
(2) Any visibly intoxicated person
New York courts have also found “social hosts liable under common law negligence and the state legislature has enacted statutes imposing civil liability on those that either provide alcohol to minors or assist minors in procuring alcohol.”
*Please refer to the New York Dram Shop Law regarding social liability.
Other proper host etiquette tips include:
- Minimize your liability by holding your party at a venue that has a liquor license.
- Assigned designated drivers or call a taxi cab for any intoxicated.
- Serve plenty of non-alcoholic drinks and food throughout the party.
- Refrain from serving liquor at the end of the evening.
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