9 Safety Tips for Hosting a Teenage Party

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Allowing your teen to host a party gives teens an opportunity to have fun in a safe place. But without proper planning and consideration, the party could get out of control or go terribly wrong. Whether your teen wants to throw a spooky Halloween party or a festive birthday bash, follow these tips to ensure everyone stays safe:

1. Educate Yourself About the Legal Issues

Adults can be held liable for what happens during a teenage party.

Allowing underage drinking, for example, can lead to criminal charges. You may also face charges if a teen damages property, becomes injured, or gets into an accident after leaving your home. It’s also important to know what the local laws are regarding the curfew for teenagers. 

2. Create a Guest List

Social media can make the news of a party spread fast. And if you’re not careful, a small gathering can turn into an unruly bash in a matter of minutes. Tell your teen to create a guest list and keep the list limited to a manageable number. Make it clear that uninvited guests won’t be allowed to enter.

3. Establish a Start Time and an End Time

It’s important to make the start time and the end time clear. Otherwise, some guests may arrive at 11PM with plans to party into the wee hours of the morning. Providing a clear ending time helps teens and parents develop transportation plans ahead of time which is essential to ensuring all teens get home safely.

4. Make the Rules Clear

Establish appropriate rules ahead of time and make it clear that every teen coming to the party needs to follow the rules. Here are a few examples of rules that can ensure safety:

  • No leaving the party and returning later.
  • No alcohol or drugs allowed.
  • Parents will be notified if anyone shows up under the influence.

    5. Contain the Party Area

    Nothing good happens when teens sneak off to a spare bedroom or enter a more secluded section of the home. Contain the party to a specific area and make the boundaries clear. Keep the doors to other rooms shut and make it clear those areas are off-limits.

    6. Keep an Eye on the Party

    While you certainly don’t need to attend the entire party, it is essential that you have a good idea of what is going on under your roof. Walk through the party announced, serve more snacks, or keep an eye on things from afar. After all, you’re responsible for what goes on so you need to make sure everyone is safe.

    7. Provide Plenty of Food and Entertainment

    Serve plenty of snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. A group of teens can consume a lot of food in a short period of time. Have some sort of entertainment planned too. Depending on the age and interests of party-goers, games may be appropriate or music may also suffice.

    8. Have a Co-Chaperone

    Don’t attempt to chaperone a large group of teens all by yourself.

    A second set of eyes can help you keep an eye on things and can serve as much needed back-up if any problems arise. Whether it’s your partner, another parent, or a friend, make sure you have another adult in attendance.

    9. Ask Guests to Leave if Necessary

    Be prepared to ask guests to leave if necessary. If teens break your rules or behave disrespectfully, tell them it is time to go and make sure they have a safe ride home. If anyone refuses to leave, you may need to call the police. But that’s the worst-case scenario. Proper planning and firm ground rules will likely prevent any problems before they start.

    If your teen wants to attend a party at someone else’s home, check out 7 Things You Should Do Before You Let Your Teen Go to a Party.

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