When you live in Texas, the party never ends!
Although other people close their pools for the winter, we’re figuring out where to put the poolside Christmas tree for the big blowout! And why not? Isn’t that the beauty of living in the Southwest?
It’s true the holiday spirit is flying through the air, but it’s also up to hosts to act responsibly by keeping the spirits in check. Studies show swimming and alcohol don’t mix. People get a false sense of security in the water. Body temperatures drop, making your limbs less likely to respond in an emergency.
So how do you keep the party going?
- If you decide to serve adult beverages, ask guests who are drinking alcohol to wait an hour before jumping in the pool. That’s how long experts say it takes to work a single standard drink out of your system. Plan ahead to ensure guests have a safe ride home if they overindulge.
- Put an assortment of tasty, non-alcoholic drinks around the pool. Here are some recipes to get you started. High-carb finger foods will cut down the effect of the alcohol, too.
- Finally, no matter what you’re serving, use plastic cups and dinnerware. Broken glass can cool the party in a hurry. There’s no reason to use glass, especially when you see the beautiful stemware available these days. Just in case, keep a swimmer’s first-aid box handy along with a rescue pole.
Make this a party everyone will remember for all the right reasons!