If you have a goal to stay sober, the last thing you want to do is serve alcohol at your party. Look on the bright side: with no alcohol at your party, you can save money and remove the risk of drunken accidents. The truth is, you don’t need alcohol to have a good party and these tips will help you plan it.

Theme or No Theme?

Decide if you want to have a theme. If you’re worried that the absence of alcohol will make the party a little drab, a theme is a great way to spice things up. For example, you could make it a Winter Wonderland party with all white decorations, food, and non-alcoholic drinks. If you don’t have a theme, don’t worry. You can still have a fun party with the company you choose.

Plan the Menu

You could make your gathering a dinner party with a three-course meal, but you could also simply have an appetizer table. Appetizers are fabulous because they allow your guests to mingle and dance without being tied to one place. They are also more affordable and allow you more variety, which is great for a party.


Liven up the party with some excellent music. If it’s in the budget, hire a local band to keep the party hopping. The kind of music you choose can make a big difference in the outcome of your party, so choose wisely. If you want a lively, upbeat party, select music with a quick beat. If you’re looking for a more low-key gathering, go for quiet, slow music. Either way, it’s a good idea to clear some space for a dance floor.


Party games are a blast if you have the right company. Think of some creative games that you can play with a lot of people. You might play Twister, Apples to Apples, Charades, Gestures, Pictionary, or games requiring no board or cards, such as Signs.

Resist the temptation to please your guests at the risk of endangering your sobriety and use these tips to plan a party your guests will love and remember.