Holiday Party Etiquette

Last year was the first time I went to an actual Christmas party put on by my employer since my Northeastern co-op days. Back in those days, I was young and excited about the open bar and about impressing my date. This time I was worried about if our son was doing ok at home with the sitter and when we should leave so we could get home at a decent hour.

So here are my tips for how to handle a holiday party at work, or offsite:

Booze: Let’s not call it booze while we’re at the party, but you get my drift.  Handle your alcohol with care.  Just because it’s free doesn’t mean it comes with no consequences.  Don’t go up to the bar too many times, especially as a new hire, but do use the time in line and at the bar wisely.  Strike up a conversation with a co-worker and get to know them better.

Conversations/Mingling: This goes hand in hand with the above statement.  Holiday parties and luncheons give employees an opportunity to shake off their work personas, to a degree, and allow for open dialogue about who they are, their interests outside of work as well as an opportunity to talk shop and converse about something work related

Get to know people: Have I beaten this topic to death?  Here is a cartoon to lighten the mood…

Seating arrangements: Typically seats aren’t pre determined but there are those instances where they are.  Whatever the situation take advantage to learn more about those around you regardless of whether they are people you work with daily or those that you simply pass in the hall way.

Attire: Read the scene and dress for the occasion, I’ll leave it at that.

For the ladies, here are some fun examples of what you can wear to your upcoming holiday party, or luncheon!


Let’s not leave out the gentlemen though…