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How to Throw a Party for the Alcohol-Free Crowd

People are already thinking about summer and the fun it will bring. “Fun” is a very specific term here, meaning watersports, spitting watermelon seeds, and hosting parties. People in Utah love to entertain, and it is safe to say that most of the people they entertain don’t drink. For anyone else, all that is required at a party is some booze to lighten things up. But without booze, people need other things to enjoy themselves. Here are some tips to entertain the teetotalers of society:

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Buy Lots and Lots of Food

Buy Lots and Lots of Food

At parties, people need to ingest something, and a lot of it. If it is alcohol, so be it, that’s all they really wanted anyway. But a dry crowd likes to see stacks of food and cold carbonated beverages all over the place instead of alcohol. The good news is, no matter how much food and soda you buy, it will never cost as much as buying enough alcohol for everyone to be satisfied.

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Purchase an awning

Purchase an awning

Those with large and slightly backyards often hold parties there. In the host afternoon sun, it is good to have a large retractable awning installed so guests can relax in the shade. An awning is also a statement of pride; it shows that you care enough about guests to keep them from getting heat exhaustion. Sugarhouse Awnings can cover you there.

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Get a Pool

Get a Pool

If you have a pool, great. If not, get an inflatable pool of even a slip n’ slide for the kids. For a kid, there is nothing like playing in the water all day, and it doesn’t matter to them if it’s a large pool or a tiny sprinkler head. The people you invite will bring their kids, and they will be easily entertained by any body of water for them to jump around in.

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Play Fun Games

Play Fun Games

This is sometimes a bit cheesy, but random games and activities are always popular among the sober crowds. Relay races, piñatas, Nerf gun ranges, anything you can think of to get people moving around will help them have a good time at your party.

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Initiate Conversation with Your Guests

Initiate Conversation with Your Guests

Without the influence of alcohol, conversation will almost always remain civil and jovial. Alcohol gives permission to people to say whatever they want and not remember it the next day, but your sober guests are not looking for “drunk conversation;” they’re looking to hear about your family, about the workplace, and where you found such an extravagant awning.

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