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TOPIC: Considering_some_house_parties,_but___
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.... we aren't sure of the rules. Specifically taking money to defray costs of food and mixers, etc. We're not looking to be commercial or take a profit. Are there any other pitfalls we haven't thought of?

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We have held a couple of house parties and like others, we have never considered the costs. I am sure that not only have we broken even by asking for BYOB and a tray of food, we had had lunch materials for much of the next week plus a bottle of wine or two! People in this community tend to be very generous and understanding!

Centralia WA
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We do house parties and the concept of money is never brought up. It's not what we are in this for. We tell them to BYOB. They can bring a dish if they like.

Amelia OH
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We supply the goodies...then it's the other couples turn!

Lake Hamilton FL
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We do house parties pretty frequently, about every 4-6 weeks. It definitly gets expensive but you do open yourselve to further liability if you charge an entrance fee. What we have done in the past is just put out a tip jar with a sign,some guests will throw in a few bucks others wont. Only other option you really have is to try and get everyone to bring a dish or other supplies. We typically leave some of that to our guests and it works out but you do need to have regular supplies on hand all the time.

Lastly, and probably the most imporant... know your guests. We tend to only invite 10-20% new couples to our events and only after they are screened and or vouched for from a couple we know. You need to trust your guests to not do anything silly like sue, should an issue arise.

Melville NY
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Yeah, that is EXACTLY the scenario I am trying to avoid. I guess I'm trying to see where the line between, say, bringing a covered dish vs. an admission ticket is.

I really have no interest in making any money, but something appearing as trivial as light hors d'oeuvres and mixers can add up pretty quickly.

Shallotte NC
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Check your homeowner's insurance...Was at a house party one time and a woman was dancing on the fireplace hearth, holding onto the mantle...it came loose and she fell and it fell on top of her. So now you have a guest needing medical services and a broken mantle...how would your insurance deal with the issues, especially if the injured party admits they "paid" to be at your party?

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.... we aren't sure of the rules. Specifically taking money to defray costs of food and mixers, etc. We're not looking to be commercial or take a profit. Are there any other pitfalls we haven't thought of?

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