Paint and sip parties are a great way to get together with friends and learn a new skill. But, they can also lead to problems, such as guests having far too much to drink.
What do you do when this happens? It depends on several things. For instance, if you are an instructor and teaching the class at your studio, you can set the rules when it comes to drinking.
If the party is at someone’s home, it is often up to the host to ensure that their guests do not have too much to drink. But, this isn’t always something that can be easily controlled.
Today we are going to take a look at five ways to deal with drunk guests at paint and sip parties. We will also talk about a few ways to prevent this from happening in the first place. Let’s get started.
How to Deal with Intoxicated Party Guests
There are several ways that you can deal with intoxicated party guests. First and foremost, you will need to be tactful.
It is important to not upset the guest. This could make things much worse than they already are.
Here are five ways to deal with someone who has had too much to drink.
#1. Stay Calm
First and foremost, it is important to stay calm when dealing with an intoxicated guest. Never argue with the guest, and don’t embarrass them in front of everyone else.
Deal with the situation calmly. Talk to the guest about their behavior, and let them know that it is unacceptable. Chances are they will feel badly for possibly ruining the party and they will stop drinking and start behaving themselves.
If the host is unable to talk sense into the intoxicated person, they may need to enlist the help of another guest. Sometimes a person will listen to one person but not another, so it is good to have this type of backup.
#2. Get Some Food Into Them
Having food at a paint and sip party isn’t just to give the guests something to nibble on. It is also to help to keep guests from getting too drunk.
Food will slow down the absorption of alcohol, and a few glasses of water will flush out some of those toxins. Don’t forget the coffee! A few cups of coffee will help to sober someone up.
#3. Cut Them Off
No one wants to be a Debbie Downer at a party. But, there may be times when someone has to put their foot down and cut a guest off from drinking any more liquor.
The host must make it very clear to the guest that they will not be allowed to consume any more alcohol. If the guest becomes belligerent because of this, further action may need to be taken.
#4. Send Them Home Safely
When a guest has had too much to drink, it may be time to send them home. If they have driven themselves to the party, it will be up to the host to ensure that they get home safely.
The party host can arrange for a sober driver to take this guest home. Or, they can call a taxi or an Uber to come and get them.
#5. Have Them Sleep It Off
It may be necessary to put someone who has had too much to drink in a bit of a “time out”. If the party is in someone’s home, ask the host if this person can be moved to a bedroom or another quiet area where they can sleep it off for a little while.
Sure, they may miss the rest of the party, but at least they won’t be disrupting it with drunken shenanigans.
What If a Guest Arrives Already Intoxicated?
While it isn’t something that tends to happen at paint and sip parties, there is always the chance that one or more guests will have begun drinking before the party starts. What do you do when something like this happens?
There is no simple solution to this problem. An instructor can suggest that this person not be allowed to take part, or at the very least, not be allowed to have anything more to drink.
This can be a challenge, because once someone has begun drinking they may not necessarily want to stop. But, they will disrupt the event and make things difficult for the guests who are not intoxicated.
Ultimately, it will be up to the host to deal with this issue. If the party is at an instructor’s studio, there is a good chance that the guest will not be allowed to take part, for insurance reasons if nothing else.
How to Prevent Guests From Drinking Too Much
I haven’t had many problems with paint and sip guests drinking too much, but I have heard some horror stories from other instructors. This is often because they didn’t lay any ground rules before the event.
Here are a few ways you can avoid having this problem in the first place.
#1. Don’t Mix Liquors
In most cases, at sip and paint parties, the guests sip on wine. But, what if some guests want beer or hard liquor?
This is fine, but as a host or instructor, it is up to you to encourage your guests to not mix liquors. For instance, if someone is drinking beer, they shouldn’t consume any hard liquor, such as vodka or whiskey.
#2. Impose a 2-3 Drink Limit
While the painting is going on, it is a good idea to limit each guest to two to three drinks. After the instructor leaves, if people still want to drink and party, that is up to themselves and the host.
Most people are not going to end up getting drunk on a couple of drinks, so it is best to set that limit. Make sure each guest knows about this, and if they start to reach for more drinks, remind them of that limit.
#3. Don’t Serve Alcohol (or At Least Keep it Limited)
While this may not be the most popular option, some paint and sip party hosts choose to not serve any alcohol at their parties. I think this is a great idea, only because it is a lot easier to teach people who are sober than those who have been drinking.
Another option is to only have one or two bottles of wine, and have a few non-alcoholic options available. That way you can be sure that no one will be having too much to drink.
Remember, this is a paint and sip party, not a get-sloshed-and-make-a-mess party!
#4. Serve Lots of Food
It is common knowledge that when someone drinks on an empty stomach they end up getting intoxicated quite quickly. This can be stopped dead in its tracks by making sure there is food for the party guests.
I know I already talked about getting food into someone who has been drinking. But, you can prevent people from getting too drunk if they can fill their bellies before drinking.
Some guests may come to the party right from their jobs, so they would not have a chance to enjoy a meal before drinking. I suggest offering guests something to eat.
In addition to finger foods, you may want to have some heartier dishes on hand, such as pizza or other items that they can enjoy.
If you are planning on hosting a paint and sip party, you must set some ground rules before the party. These rules include the amount of liquor guests will be allowed to consume.
If you are teaching at a paint and sip party, I suggest speaking to the host before the event about serving alcoholic beverages. Set up some basic ground rules, and let the host know that if things end up getting out of hand you will end the lesson.
While this is the last thing any instructor wants to do at a painting party, it is sometimes necessary. Of course, it is up to the discretion of the instructor whether to continue teaching after the guests have consumed too much liquor.
Each scenario is going to be different, so instructors and hosts will need to use their judgment when it comes to dealing with guests who have had too much to drink.
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Sari Green is a semi-professional artist and professional writer. She has been hosting paint & sip parties for the past couple of years, and truly enjoys helping other people to create their very own masterpieces. She loves to create, and you never know what she’s going to come up with next!