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Hosting Party Rules

These Are the 4 Rules You Need To Enforce at Your Next Gathering

October 1, 2023 at 7:00 AM PST
Hosting Party Rules

These Are the 4 Rules You Need To Enforce at Your Next Gathering

October 1, 2023 at 7:00 AM PST

Whether you plan to host a private dinner party or a big backyard bash, responsible hosting involves more than just entertaining your partygoers. In fact, hosting comes with quite a lot of responsibility, from planning the menu to ensuring your guests are comfortable.

But in order to throw a party where everyone feels safe and welcomed, you should set clear expectations that everyone can easily abide by. This can help ensure that everyone is on the same page and knows what to expect.

Enforcing house rules is important because it can help you avoid future conflicts due to misunderstandings. Plus, it can help protect your home and your guests from harm, and you from legal trouble. To do that, here are four rules you should consider enforcing at your next gathering.

A 'No Parking' sign
Photo credit: Steve DiMatteo 


When hosting a party at your residence, parking is always a concern. For example, neighborhoods typically have just enough parking available for its residents. So when you add guests into the mix, they may not be able to find a secure place to park.

And if your guests park in an area designated specifically for residents, they could face consequences such as a parking ticket or even having their car towed. Plus, it can be an inconvenience to your neighbors who may need to park in their designated spot.

To avoid the headache, establish clear parking guidelines for your guests prior to their arrival. Let them know about where they can safely park — i.e. designated guest parking spots or nearby public parking lots. Not only is this convenient for your guests, but it also demonstrates consideration for your neighbors.

Noise Control

A telltale sign of a successful gathering is when your guests are engaged in lively conversation and laughter, which demonstrates that they’re having a good time. However, while you should want your guests to enjoy themselves, excessive noise can cause trouble with your neighbors.

To maintain the peace, encourage your guests to keep the noise at a reasonable level. You could advise them of this via party invitation, or even with a cute sign placed in a designated area where everyone can see it.

Or, if your party is outside, consider moving your guests indoors as the night progresses and people get louder.

Partygoers grabbing food from a buffet line
Photo credit: Samuel Peter

Dietary Restrictions

According to Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, 20 million people in the U.S. suffer from food allergies. Food allergies can lead to sickness or health complications, which is why you should practice caution when it comes to serving food at your gathering.

Prior to the party, ask your guests if they have food allergies. If so, plan alternative food options that they can safely consume. If you’re hosting a potluck, advise your guests to label their dishes with any potential allergens.

No Illegal Substances

It’s not uncommon to find drugs and other illegal substances at a party. But if your guests are indulging in any illegal activities at your gathering, it could put you in serious trouble with the law.

To avoid this, make it clear that consuming drugs and illegal substances is not tolerated in your home. This way, you can ensure that your guests enjoy themselves while avoiding potential legal consequences.



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