’tis the season for Christmas and holiday parties. Many of you are busy planning your own Christmas party at home. Personally I think this is one of the best times of the year. While it is a busy time, everyone around you seems to be in good spirits. And many are busy attending or planning a holiday Christmas party.
For those that are planning a Christmas party, here are some party checklists that will help you get things done, on time.
Wondering how much alcohol to purchase? Let our handy, dandy beverage calculator assist you. And don’t forget to enforce responsible drinking at your party.
For those of you with pets, you have to pay a little bit more attention to your holiday party surroundings. Like you, your pet is also very excited with all the increased activity. But, unlike you, your pet doesn’t realize that some Christmas decorations and food can be very hazardous to their health.
Christmas Party Pet Tips
Here are a few pet safety tips to help have a festive Christmas party and keep your pets safe at the same time.
Holiday Plants – mistletoe, poinsettias and holly are a few examples of holiday plants that can be very toxic to cats and dogs. If you have pets at home, the best advice is to stay clear of these plants altogether.
Christmas Tree – many people place a water reservoir under the tree to help it last through the holidays. It’s important to block access to this water from your pets. Per the Humane Society, not only is the water dirty but quite often needles will fall into it which can be dangerous to your pet.
Tinsel – this one seems to be attractive to cats. Years ago tinsel was doubly dangerous as it contained lead. While there is no lead in tinsel today, it’s still dangerous because it can block an animal’s intestinal tract.
Chocolate – while some may describe chocolate as a sin for humans, it would be sinful to allow a dog to eat chocolate (milk chocolate in particular). And there always seems to be plenty of chocolate on hand at a Christmas party. Be alert, as your dog will be lurking in anticipation of someone dropping a little crumb or two.
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