It’s been a major cause of worry for many a parent throughout the ages but today, hosting a teenage party has never felt so stressful. With drugs being so freely available online and the potential for social media hijacking the guest list, there’s a lot to consider.
So to help you plan, we’ve put together our Top Tips for hosting a teenage party:
- Parties should be by invitation only. On social media use “invite only” setting and prohibit “guest + friends” ie No Plus One’s. Beware of the secret instructions on “priv” accounts.
- Have a clear start and finish/pick up time and put your contact details on the invitation – also try to get the details of the parents of the teens who are coming.
- Parties need to be supervised by a team of adults who will be there throughout.
- If you serve or provide alcohol for Under 18’s you must have their parents’ verbal permission. Under the law of Vicarious Liability you may be liable if problems arise.
- If you serve alcohol go for long drinks and provide lots of soft drinks.
- Remind your teen that they need to be responsible for their guests and tell you if there is a problem so that you can keep everyone safe.
- Contain the party in one area and highlight potential hazards – ponds, steps etc.
- Remove keys from drivers who are staying the night.
- Use plastic cups/plates. Only put a third of the drink out at the beginning.
- Provide food throughout the event – pizza and hotdogs are popular and gives you a good excuse to tour every 10-15 mins to check how everyone is.
- Mass and mixed sleepovers are often difficult to manage – unless you plan to be up all night policing them there is a high chance that hormones will take over at some stage!
- If your teenager is going to a party, call the parents responsible in advance, to check arrangements ie numbers, alcohol, supervision.
- If your teenager is at a party you need to be in a position to pick them up if things go wrong – sadly it is not a night off!