When they hear the word “party”, many people automatically assume alcohol is going to be flowing freely.
Of course, there’s nothing wrong with serving cocktails, beer, or wine at a party. If handled responsibly, a cocktail party can be a lot of fun. But, for various reasons, it is sometimes best to party without the liquor and avoid the hangovers, awkward moments, and even danger that can come with overindulging.
So, here are three dry party ideas that will make sure everyone has fun with no regrets the next day.
Sometimes, the best way to throw a dry party?especially if the people you invite are used to drinking all night?is to serve the next best thing: mocktails .
These delicious concoctions taste like your guests’ favorite drinks, but without the after-effects. It provides a sense of normalcy, which makes people more comfortable , and offers a fun diversion for everyone if you provide recipes and ingredients and let them experiment with making their own. Or, you can hire or get a volunteer bartender to serve these drinks as if they were the real thing.
For recipe ideas , check out this list .
Diverting party games
You won’t be playing beer pong or beat-the-barman, so it’s a good idea to line up some fun, low-key games that everyone can enjoy.
The best kinds of games offer a good laugh along with a fun challenge. So, any number of charades-based games work really well. Pictionary, Taboo, Scattergories, or another group game with quick turnaround and hilarious banter between rounds can keep the party moving.
Don’t discount silly kids’ games , either. Depending on the crowd, some adults may have a great time playing Twister, bobbing for apples, or trying to break open a piñata, because watching their friends do the same thing is always great for a laugh.
Great music provides the background to every great party . This should be an even more important consideration at an alcohol-free party because your guests are going to care about the quality of the music the entire time.
If you’re considering hiring a band , make sure they know it’s a dry party ahead of time. If possible, check them out when you’re sober before you book them for your party . Some bands rely on their audience getting drunk to mask their own limited abilities, and some musicians drink like fish while they perform.
Another option is hiring a DJ with some experience keeping parties moving without alcohol, or just setting up your own playlist ahead of time.
By mixing these three basic ingredients in various ways, and being mindful of the guest list, you can guarantee everyone has a great time and is able to get up for work the next day without cursing your party.