Christmas Office Parties 101

We all look forward to this time of year.  Everyone is jollier, more relaxed and is focusing on Christmas and overall holiday cheer.  It’s also time for Christmas/holiday parties.  You may not need to watch your language or behavior while attending a friends’ party but the office holiday party is a different animal all together.

After coming across a number of articles about this topic here are my top ten tips to a successful night:

1. These days parties are less party and more a holiday lunch.  Keep in mind that unless you are told that everyone can feel free to order alcohol, stick to the sodas and non alcoholic drinks.  If you can order a cocktail, do just that, order A cocktail, not ten.

2. Even though everyone is in a jolly spirit and you feel that everyone is bonding, this is not the time to divulge how you REALLY feel about someone in the company.  Keep those comments to yourself and between friends.

3. Holiday garb doesn’t mean that you need to pull out your shortest and sparkliest dress.  Unless it’s a black tie or disco theme, keep it appropriate.

4. Don’t arrive so late that you actually do end up making an entrance.  A) people will think that you don’t respect them and their time B) this is a work affair, you still need to come on time, even if you’re not on the clock.

5. Mingle! This is the time to do it.  Meet and converse with new people.  Just like networking is important outside of work, it’s ten times more important at work.

6. Don’t tell racy jokes.  You don’t want to be remembered for your inappropriate commentary. Although others will laugh, they may question your judgment.

7. If kids aren’t invited to the party simply don’t bring them.  It’s not hard to find a sitter for a few hours.  Enjoy your night out and let others enjoy theirs.

8.  This is not the time to let the hot guy you share a cube wall with know that you are in love with him.

9. Don’t forget to eat!  An open bar does not mean that you have your dinner in liquid form.

10.  Lastly, don’t forget to enjoy yourself.  If you conduct yourself in an adult and respectful manner you have nothing to worry about.

What did you do today?

P.S. Here are the articles I pulled inspiration from:

How not to behave at the office party

Holiday Office Party Don’t, 10 Things You Should Never (EVER) Wear

10 Things Party Guests Don’t Tell You

Holiday Office Parties Do’s and Don’ts

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