When you think of a celebration, you might automatically think of Champagne. And, to you, a Saturday night gathering among friends may seem incomplete without several bottles of wine.
But only 56 percent of people reported that they drank in the past month, according to the most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health. That leaves plenty of people who didn't have a sip of booze.
Our point? One can cheers to something or enjoy the weekend without booze. Here are some tips for making the night fun for drinkers and non-drinkers alike — whether you're throwing the party or going to one.
If You're the Host
Think about everyone on your guest list.
No matter what, you're probably gonna have some designated drivers in attendance, so you have to assume that there will be some people not drinking. In addition, you might have some guests in recovery or a few folks who are just not drinking for any number of reasons. A good host knows to plan for everyone — not just the wine-lovers.
Consider stocking up on some shrubs.
A two-liter bottle of Pepsi might not seem especially party-worthy, but a shrub is another story. What's a shrub? It's a concentrated syrup made from whole fruit, vinegar, and sugar. It's then mixed with sparkling soda water for a delightful — and special! — non-alcoholic beverage.
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Embrace the mocktail.
It's never a bad idea to have a mocktail or two on the menu. Guests who are imbibing can add booze if they want, and non-drinkers can make their pick without standing out from the rest of the crowd.
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If You're a Non-Drinking Guest
Don't show up empty-handed.
We're big proponents of never showing up to a party empty-handed. While drinkers seem to gravitate toward bringing wine, beer, or booze, that's not really the most appealing option for teetotalers. Luckily, there are plenty of other special-occasion treats you can bring.
Don't assume you're not gonna have fun.
Whether you're new to the whole not-drinking thing or you've been sober for years, remember that you are responsible for how much (or how little) you enjoy the night. There are even a few things you can do to ensure you have a good time.
If You're a Drinking Guest
There's really just one thing to know here, and that's to be respectful to the non-drinkers in the crowd. We know you already know this, but it never hurts to have a reminder.