One perezcious reader asks Amy a party question that is a little taboo. Lauren asks:
I have some friends who get a little too tipsy at my annual holiday party and I don't want to let them drive home drunk this year. How do I bring this up without having them get pissed at me?
You're being a really responsible and caring friend and at the end of the day that is all that matters. When I was in middle school, a friend of mine was killed by a drunk driver, so I'm particularly sensitive to this topic. In fact, as a non-drinker myself, I am always the designated driver amongst my friends, and I enjoy making sure everyone gets home safe.
It is obviously a touchy subject and you don't want to insult your friends, BUT, if you're keeping them and everyone else on the road safe, then that always takes priority over a bruised ego. In the end, your friends will really appreciate how much you care about them.
You can collect your friends' car keys when they arrive at the party just like they did in the cult classic 80's flick "Say Anything." If your friends are too wasted to drive at the end of the night either call them a cab, drive them home or have a sober "designated driver" friend drive them home. They can pick up their car from your place the next day. If you know that everyone wants to enjoy some cocktails and not have to worry about their transportation, then you can also consider ordering a party bus for the
night. Everyone chips in and the party bus will take everyone to the party in style and then drop everyone off at home at the end of the night.
Alternatively, there are some really cool services in major cities where a driver arrives on bicycle to wherever you are, puts his bike in your trunk and then drives you and your car home. He then rides off on the bike he rode in on. Pretty sweet if you ask me and a safe bet!
Well said Amy! The holidays are about family and friends — being safe will NOT spoil the holiday spirt!
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