Hosting a holiday party?

Hosting a holiday party?

‘Tis the season to be jolly…and germy.

If you are planning a party this holiday season, keep the following tips from Infection Preventionist Laurel Mode of Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal, Ill., in mind in order to keep you and your guests healthy.

Avoid big bowls of food

Don’t have bowls of food available like chips or candy where guests may dig in with a potentially unclean hand. Consider what you might be able to offer in single-serving containers, or have utensils that are convenient for them to use when taking from a larger container.

Mark drinks

Mark glasses to make sure they stay separate and no one is sharing drinks. For adults, this may mean wine glass charms. For kids, you can prepare supplies for them to decorate their own cup and make it easier for them to keep track of which cup is theirs.

Have a supply of tissues

One of the best ways to prevent the spread of germs is to cover your coughs and sneezes, ideally into a tissue. Droplets can travel a fair distance in the air, so it’s a good idea to have tissues available for your guests.

Graciously accept declinations

Let your guests know that they are not obligated to come. Many guests don’t want to disappoint you, but if they are not feeling well, bringing their illnesses into your home may be far more disappointing.

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  1. Single serving containers – yep, that’s environmentally friendly. Save yourself from the common cold while you kill the planet. Happy holidays!

  2. It didn’t say DISPOSABLE containers. What’s with the negativity?

  3. Hey Dienne DOWNER….simmer down ?

  4. You forgot the most important suggestion: no cloth towels in the bathroom. Provide only throw-away paper napkins as towels and move the waste basket near the sink. Put one crunched up in the wastebasket to demonstrate that’s what the paper towels are for. I even have a calligraphy sign that says we are using paper, and we are NOT spreading germs on the same cloth towel that would be used over and over again. I use a tray for holding the paper towels. I give the paper hand towels as gifts for all of the holidays!

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Lynn Hutley
Lynn Hutley

Lynn Hutley, health enews contributor, is coordinator of public affairs and marketing at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center and Advocate Eureka Hospital in central Illinois. Having grown up in a family-owned drug store, it is no surprise that Lynn has spent almost 18 years working in the health care industry. She has a degree in human resources management from Illinois State University and is always ready to tackle Trivia Night.