Party Planning Guide Planning a Party? If you decide to host an off-campus party, keep in mind the following tips to help ensure that everyone has a good time, your neighbors don’t get angry, and no one experiences harmful consequences from drinking at your party. Before the party… Check your lease for clauses regarding parties. You could face eviction for violating existing restrictions on parties. Tell your neighbors that a party is planned. Provide a contact name and phone number so they can communicate directly with you (rather than the landlord or the police) in case they have a problem. Be aware of alcohol-related laws, including: It is illegal in the state of Illinois to provide alcohol to a person under age 21. The penalties are a maximum fine of $2,500 and up to one year in prison. It is illegal for any person under the age of 21 to purchase, attempt to purchase, accept, possess, or consume alcohol. Penalties may include fines up to $2,500 and suspension or revocation of driving privileges for up to one year. You could be sued for third party damages resulting from the actions of people who drank at your party. If you plan to serve alcohol, limit the amount you purchase and serve. Avoid hard liquor (shots or mixed drinks). If you have a keg, use 12 oz cups vs. 16 oz cups (a standard beer is 12 oz.). Remember, if your guests cause problems for the neighborhood, the problem ultimately becomes yours. During the party… As host, either don't drink or limit yourself so that you can handle any problems before they escalate. Monitor and control the noise level coming from your apartment or house. If you can hear music on the inside while you are outside, it’s probably too loud. Know your guests. Don’t allow passers-by to come in to your party. Never serve alcohol to a person under the age of 21. Not everyone chooses to drink alcohol (at LUC, 29% of students don’t drink); have attractive non-alcoholic beverages available. Try to serve all drinks yourself or consider hiring a bartender trained in alcohol service. Do not allow drinking games (drinking too much too fast is dangerous). Serve food that has protein and fat (e.g., pizza) and encourage people to eat, especially if they are drinking alcohol. Avoid salty foods that promote thirst. Remind your guests to leave quietly and encourage them to stay in pairs or groups. Don’t allow intoxicated guests to drive. Call a taxi or have someone who did not drink do the driving. Don’t give them the option to refuse. If a guest is intoxicated, keep that person with you until they have sobered up or can be left with a sober responsible person. Call 911 if the person shows any sign of alcohol poisoning (i.e., unresponsive; cold, clammy, pale or blue skin; irregular breathing – less than 8 breaths per minute). Do not allow guests to leave with an open container of alcohol. It’s unlawful to have open containers on city streets and sidewalks. Do not allow anyone to use the outdoors as a restroom. Stop serving alcohol one hour before the party is scheduled to end. Continue to serve food and non-alcoholic beverages. After the party… Clean your house/apartment and the property after a party. Remove all garbage from the yard and street. Check in with your neighbors about how they thought the party went.